The Delany Sisters' Book of Everyday Wisdom (New York: Kodansha America, 1994; Dell paperback, 1995)

The centenarian Delany Sisters share their philosophy of life and offer advice for living a happy, contented life. A follow-up to Having Our Say. Includes recipes, as well as photos of the sisters doing yoga.

“Enchanting” – The New York Times Book Review


From the Preface:
(Copyright 1994 by Amy Hill Hearth)

" 'It's as if we've become America's grandmas,' Sadie Delany said with a huge smile as we looked through a new basketful of fan mail. At 105 years old, Sadie Delany, along with her 'little' sister Bessie, 103, had become everyone's favorite centenarians.

"People often ask me if the sisters changed (or were spoiled) from all of the attention. The answer, quite simple, is not one bit! What can you say about two celebrities who still insist on making their own soaP?

"When the letters came pouring in from readers, they often came with questions. People wanted advice, direction, and encouragement. The way they were raised, the sisters believed they had to answer each and every letter. But what to do? If they lived thirty more years, they would not be able to answer them all.

"One day it occurred to us that in lieu of answering crates of fan mail, we should simply do a follow-up book. Only this time we would not tell the story of the sisters' lives, but the secrets of old age."