Bruce Frankel

Author of the new book "What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? True Stories of Finding Success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life."

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Vocalist Abbey Lincoln, Dies At 80, Asked What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?

August 15, 2010

Abbey Lincoln, who died yesterday, at 80, knew as much as anyone how to reinvent herself with purpose and passion.


After she met drummer Max Roach, she changed herself from a cutely sexy chanteuse in a Marilyn Monroe dress to a singular voice of civil rights advocacy. In the 1960s, she acted opposite Sidney Poitier; approaching age 60, she emerged anew for a long final chapter as a movingly expressive singer and influentially introspective songwriter. 

She could pry the heart loose with a phrase.

The best tribute is to listen to her. The first here, “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”,  teaches what a difference a preposition makes.

Abbey Lincoln : what are you doing

Abbey Lincoln

Praise for What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life?

“Bruce Frankel’s upbeat, inspiring, timely book shows how taking a risk and fighting to find a passionate career — at any age — can reinvigorate your life...”

— Susan Shapiro, author of Speed Shrinking and Only As Good as Your Word

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