The Joy of Not Working by Ernie Zelinski (Ten Speed Press). This book does not come up on Internet searches for retirement books. Why? Because "retirement" is not in the title! Dumb, but true. In any case, I rate it as the best book written on the overall subject of retirement to date. It has a good mix of depth and levity, it's easy to read and get through, and there even some great cartoons. It presents positive, bullish advice about life beyond working. The sections on activities are worth the price of admission in themselves. This is a great book for people in any stage of retirement or pre-retirement.
George Fulmore teaches the course "The Art of Retirement" in the Life Long Learning department of the Mt. Diablo Adult Education program. He is also featured on the Web site Seniorsite.Com. You can contact him at ArtofRet@aol.com.
The Joy of Not Working is all about learning to live every part of your life — employment, unemployment, retirement, and leisure time alike — to the fullest. You too can join the thousands of converts and learn to thrive at both work and play. Illustrated by eye-opening exercises, thought-provoking diagrams, and lively cartoons and quotations, The Joy of Not Working will guide you to enjoy life like never before.