His Oldest Friend: The Story of an Unlikely Bond

By: Kleinfield, Sonny

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A vivid portrait of an uncommon friendship that spans generations, uniting the wisdom of youth with the spark of old age
They met under the least auspicious circumstances. He was a teenage volunteer at a nursing home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She was a wheelchair-bound resident in her nineties. He was poor, Hispanic, living in a rented room in the barrio, separated from his family. Her life, at least before arthritis hobbled her, was comfortable, and her daughters and grandchildren visited as often as they could. But when Margaret Oliver's daughter hired Elvis Checo to look in on her mother a few afternoons each week, nobody realized that this would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
In His Oldest Friend, Sonny Kleinfield of The New York Times takes us inside the lives of these two unlikely friends to explore the world of the very young and the very old, showing how underappreciated these groups often are--a mystery to one another and to so many of us in the middle-class adult population. Too often we tend to group together "youth" and "the elderly," submerging individuals into a group identity. But Elvis and Margaret offer each other that rarest of gifts: recognition and affirmation as a unique human being. Kleinfield opens their lives to us, and shows how their bond of friendship rescued each of them from the bleakness that defeats so many of the youngest and oldest among us.

Title: His Oldest Friend: The Story of an Unlikely Bond

Author/Composer: Kleinfield, Sonny

Categories: Biography/Memoir,

Publisher: Times Books: 2005-09-07

ISBN Number: 0805075801

ISBN Number 13: 9780805075809

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 004156

Description: Very Good Condition: Unmarked. Tight binding. Black marker dot on bottom outer page edges. Dustjacket and cover show very minor storage wear. Hardcover book with dustjacket copy of His Oldest Friend: The Story of an Unlikely Bond by Sonny Kleinfield. New York: Times Books (Henry Holt and Company), 2005. Printed in U.S.A. 274 pages. 5-7/8 x 8-1/2 inches, 22 cm. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!

Keywords: Print Books, Biography, Nursing Home Patients,