Reactions & Reviews
Detailing the practicalities of retiring as well
as the range of emotions brought forth by the process of separating from the university environment, Klaus' book, with its insight, candor, and rare command of the journal form, will pique the interest of anyone contemplating the possibility
Carl Klaus has done it again--in Taking Retirement he conducts us through a bittersweet life passage with the pitch-perfect voice of his acclaimed garden books.... Here, in the modest and appealing form of a journal, is a novel of acceptance and new life, a memoir of a great
teacher, and memorable travel writing of a thrilling journey West....
Klaus has made of his story a touchstone for this most beguiling--
and bedeviling--of life's changes.
"Carl Klaus leads us through a rite of passage for which we have few guides--the laying down of the work that has defined one's life, the shedding of an old skin, and the shaping of a fresh identity. The path he shows us cuts through swamps of discouragement and thickets of fear before it reaches the clearing where his new life will blossom. This journal records his emotions along the way as faithfully as any seismograph gauging the tremors of earth."