Daylight Saving Time: The power of growing older

by David W. Berner (Author)

Experience the symphony of aging—each wrinkle a note of wisdom.

Book Description:​

WINNER, Firebird Book Award, 2024.

“A touching, introspective exploration of life as we age . . . an exploration of what it means to truly live the beauty of life before it’s gone.” —Ryan Lindner, Author of The Half-Known Life: What Matters Most When You’re Running Out of Time

“An authentic and moving narrative with fittingly beautiful and powerful writing.” —International Review of Books

“A candid reflections on life . . . at a time when the trail’s end is closer than where it began.” —MIdwest Book Review

When we are young, we think little about growing old. But time soon catches up with us: the first gray hair, a buckling knee, the purchase of reading glasses, or when a heart attack at the age of 56 rattles your world and reminds you that none of us gets out of here alive. In this meditative and intimate personal narrative on the act of aging, David W. Berner discovers how to accept and revel in the present, when the days that remain are fewer than those that have passed, and offers a path for celebrating life’s final chapters. Through the lessons of seasonal change, the natural world, literature, and spirituality, Berner gives us a kind of instruction book on the art of growing older, challenging us to accept aging’s transformative powers. As a keen observer of the world, he forms a guiding philosophy on how to discover joy in the time we have left and nourishment in life’s remaining seasons.

About the Author

David W. Berner (Author)

David W. Berner is the best-selling author of WALKS WITH SAM and the award-winning author of THE ISLANDER (Winner of the NYC Big Book Award for Novellas, Honoree at the Paris Book Festival, Finalist for the Hawthorne Prize ), A WELL-RESPECTED MAN, OCTOBER SONG, ACCIDENTAL LESSONS, ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE, THERE'S A HAMSTER IN THE DASHBOARD, NIGHT RADIO, and the memoir THE CONSEQUENCE OF STARS. He also has been honored and has won awards from the prestigious Society of Midland Authors, the Chicago Writers Association, Literary Titan Gold Award, and the Eric Hoffer Book Award. David has also been the Writer-in-Residence at both the Jack Kerouac Project in Orlando, FL and at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, IL. David moved from Pittsburgh to Chicago to work as a radio reporter and news anchor for CBS Radio and later pursued a career as a writer and educator. His first book ACCIDENTAL LESSONS is about his year teaching in one of the Chicago area's most troubled school districts. The book won the Golden Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature and has been called a "beautiful, elegantly written book" by award-winning author Thomas E. Kennedy, and "a terrific memoir" by Rick Kogan (Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio). ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE—a 2013 Book of the Year from the Chicago Writers Association—is the author's story of a cross-country road trip with his sons and the revelations of fatherhood. The memoir has been called "heartwarming and heartbreaking" and "a five-star wonderful read." His novel, A WELL-RESPECTED MAN was a 2019 honoree in the fiction category of The Society of Midland Authors Awards.

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"With his best writing yet, David W. Berner takes cues from the events in his life, the seasons, and the natural world to craftily bundle a layered personal narrative that is deeply woven with nuggets of wisdom and reflection that can only come from the power of growing older. Berner shows not only the meaning of his former years, but also the promise of those sure to come with the arrival of the first day of spring."