Author Jenney Egertson: Before I Leave, Wisdom from the Stories of Six Women Over Eighty
Jenney met Maude Kelly, an 80-something woman, and a spark ignited. Taken by Maude’s poise, demeanor and approach to life, she realized Maude’s wisdom and spirit must be documented. She interviewed Maude and eventually interviewed five more women, all of whom, like Maude, were over the age of 80. Sadie Anton, a proud Lebanese American, Dr, Hallie Hendrieth-Smith, one of the first black principals in the Twin Cities, Ruth Yamamoto, a Japanese American whose life included stories from inside a Japanese internment camp, and Jenney’s mother Edith and grandmother Irene became her subjects.
In her book “Before I Leave,” Jenney compiles the stories and lessons learned from her six octogenerians. Within those stories are tales of overcoming adversity, facing community, child-rearing, dealing with systemic racism and sexism, and graceful aging. Jenney Egertson spoke on the morning show about her book. She’ll be the featured guest at Brainerd Public Library’s Brown Bag Author Series this Monday, July 29th at noon.