BOOKS

After Effects

A Memoir of Complicated Grief

University of Minnesota Press 2022

Foreword INDIES 2023 Book of the Year Awards Honorable Mention, Grief/Grieving category

To grieve after a profound loss is perfectly natural. To be debilitated by grief for more than a decade, as Andrea Gilats was, is something else. In her candid, deeply moving, and ultimately helpful memoir, Gilats tells her story of living with prolonged, or “complicated,” grief, and offers insight, hope, and guidance to others who suffer as she did. 

In this illuminating, thoughtful and beautifully written memoir, [Andrea] Gilats takes us on her journey as she experienced, for 10 years, prolonged or “complicated” grief. After Effects is partly self-help for those with prolonged grief who don’t know what is wrong with them when people tell them to “move on.” It’s also a story of a strong, educated woman who is willing to share her experiences to help others. And it’s a meditation on eternal love. When you finish the last paragraph you are going to think, “I’d like to meet this woman.”

—Mary Ann Grossmann, books editor, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Radical Endurance

Growing Old in an Age of Longevity

University of Minnesota Press
forthcoming in 2024

“It came out of nowhere. One fragrant May morning two months before my seventy-fifth birthday, as I was mindlessly sipping my coffee, I experienced a shattering leap of consciousness, literally hurtling from older to old in the blink of a suddenly widened eye. 

From that precipice, Radical Endurance traces my truths and transformations as I enter old age, including the shock of facing my timeworn self; the choking fear of losing my health, and with it, my independence; the terror of being vanquished by ageism; the profound pleasure of ‘growing up again’ as I reconsider transformative experiences from my young adulthood; my awakening as I embrace, once and for all, my later life vocation as a writer; my struggle, at the same time, to come to terms with a past that is longer than I am now able to recall; and my unexpectedly optimistic journey toward contentment as I contemplate my future, ready at last.”

—Andrea Gilats

Restoring Flexibility

A Gentle Yoga-Based Practice to Increase Mobility at Any Age

Ulysses Press 2015

Flexibility is vital for staying active and healthy as we age, and for older adults, preserving mobility is crucial to sustaining both quality of life and the ability to live independently. Restoring Flexibility offers a safe, age-appropriate, individually customizable program that helps restore flexibility, strength, balance, and agility as we age.

This book is a wonderful display of how you can use yoga (even a beginner like me) to renew and restore your physical abilities. I completely identify with Gilats in that prior to reading this book I was always leery of anything like this as I was never good at sports. …I want to personally thank Andrea Gilats for instilling in me the power to participate in this wonderful practice.

—Famadillo.com

Photos of Andy by Sara Tucker

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Books bring meaning to our lives at times when we most need to feel that we are not alone.

Books bring meaning to our lives at times when we most need to feel that we are not alone.

Photos of Andy by Sara Tucker