Thinking it Through:

Reflections Past Eighty

Portrait of author Stanley ElyStanley Ely looks back over a rich and varied life in this series of short and colorful vignettes, enlivened by forty photos of people whose lives have been entwined with Ely's.

The author grew up in 1940s Texas, and he reflects on warm memories of the home his father built on Stanhope Drive, and the dill pickles his Aunt Bessie "put up," as well as the awkwardness of being a young, gay Jew struggling to fit in.

He goes on to tell of living with handsome young men as a draftee in the U.S. Army in Korea in the mid-1950s. Thinking it Through - book cover

He writes movingly of reconnecting, decades later, with a woman he dated in college and how much their relationship had meant to them both.

Now, old age has brought new friends and the loss of old friends. All in all, Stanley Ely has given us real and touching stories about the people he has known and loved — a memoir of a life well lived.

“I enjoyed and was moved by Thinking It Through. It’s a lovely book. I felt like I met so many extraordinary people . . . so much wisdom here.”   — Will Schwalbe, Executive VP, Macmillan

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