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Mercury News – October 24, 2008
"...Ingeniously, Hanson has compiled delicious tidbits from dozens of
biographies, diaries, letters and obituaries. More ingeniously, he's woven
them together with great care and wit — Verdi, next to Cleopatra, next to
Peter Sellers on one page; Garbo, next to Jesus, next to Charles Schulz on
another — from infancy to death, 1 to 100. What follows is the fascinating
evolution and decay of celebrity, the peaks and valleys of famous lives,
side-by-side, an intermingling of eras, and 296 pages of did-you-knows".
-- Mike Frankel
Booklist – July 1, 2008
"When Eric Hanson’s A Book of Ages turned up on my desk the other day, I
didn’t expect to like it. The premise was intriguing: what various famous
people did at a certain age, from 1 to 100. My skepticism, though, came from
the assumption that the book would be made up of prodigious feats by
extremely talented (John Stewart Mills masters Greek at age 7) and if there
is one thing I am sick of is prodigies… Although Hanson does mention ways
too many youthful prodigies and aging optimists for my taste, I’m happy to
report that his compendium includes a healthy supply of underachieving tykes
and grumpy or at least wildly eccentric seniors"
-- Bill Ott