Fifty Is the New Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood

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Ten lessons to maximize creativity and happiness in the second half of life

In this inspiring new book, Suzanne Braun Levine follows her groundbreaking Inventing the Rest of Our Lives with fresh insights, research, and practical advice on the challenges and unexpected rewards for women in their fifties and beyond. Rich with anecdotes from the front lines of self-reinvention, this book captures the voices of women who are confronting change, renegotiating their relationships, and...

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Overview

Ten lessons to maximize creativity and happiness in the second half of life

In this inspiring new book, Suzanne Braun Levine follows her groundbreaking Inventing the Rest of Our Lives with fresh insights, research, and practical advice on the challenges and unexpected rewards for women in their fifties and beyond. Rich with anecdotes from the front lines of self-reinvention, this book captures the voices of women who are confronting change, renegotiating their relationships, and discovering who they are now that they are finally grown up. Among the lessons are: "No" is not a four-letter Word, on the energizing power of standing up for what you mean and what you want; Do unto yourself as you have been doing unto others, a new way of getting yourself to the top of the to-do list; and Your marriage can make it, reassurance that changing your outlook doesn't have to mean walking away from your marriage. Shaped by Levine's empathetic and lively voice, this book is about wisdom, survival, joy, and camaraderie. It reads like a conversation among women who know what they are talking about and want to share what they have discovered.

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Editorial Reviews

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Inventing the Rest of Our Lives author Suzanne Braun Levine isn't finished encouraging women in "Second Adulthood." Her Fifty Is the New Fifty continues her good works with ten life lessons for women who want the second half of their lives to be even more creative and happy than the first. Levine's good counsel lives up to Jane Fonda's words of praise: "Fifty Is the New Fifty is just what I expected from Suzanne Braun Levine -- useful, comforting, and smart."
Publishers Weekly

In a time when How Not to Look Old is a bestseller, and the women who came of age during the 1960s are now in their 60s, outspoken women's movement veteran Levine (Inventing the Rest of Our Lives) advises women 50-plus to reject the desire to recapture youth and acknowledge their great good fortune in arriving at a point where they can creatively enhance the rest of their lives. Citing Madeleine L'Engle's observation, "the great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been," Levine uses this book to air and explore her own feelings, and those of other women, about moving from the "Fuck-You Fifties" to a pleasanter, stress-defusing outlook characterized by a growing ability "to not take lesser things too seriously." She offers a 10-step strategy for avoiding a descent into "The Fertile Void," where late-midlife women find themselves in a state of confusion and lost self-confidence. The self-help lessons are nothing new: "be your age, not your stage"; take responsibility for your physical and emotional life; "accept that you are not who you were, only older"; use what you already know. Advertising-style jargon and nonsensical slogans get in the way of an otherwise promising positive message. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

It may surprise many people to learn that most women age 50 and over are rediscovering themselves more than settling down. So writes Levine (Inventing the Rest of Our Lives), the first editor of Ms. magazine, who uses personal observations and case studies to encourage women to change what has not worked in their lives, develop connections with like-minded women, and take responsibility for their practical and emotional lives. Award-winning journalist Sammons (We Carry Each Other) covers some of the same territory but employs stories of both men and women to illustrate that it's never too late to reinvent one's life. The outcome is a manual of sorts to help readers dream, stay focused, and make the changes they want to see in the world. Both books are recommended for libraries seeking to augment an existing boomer collection.


—Deborah Bigelow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616821746
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/2/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Braun Levine is the author of three previous books. She was the first editor of Ms. magazine, where she worked for seventeen years. She was also the editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. A nationally recognized authority on women, media, and family issues, she lectures widely and has appeared on major television talk shows, including Oprah, Charlie Rose, and Today.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Lesson 1 Fifty Is the New Fifty 1

Lesson 2 Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes 22

Lesson 3 No Is Not a Four-Letter Word 42

Lesson 4 A "Circle of Trust" Is a Must 63

Lesson 5 Every Crisis Creates a "New Normal" 85

Lesson 6 Do Unto Yourself as You Have Been Doing Unto Others 104

Lesson 7 Age Is Not a Disease 125

Lesson 8 Your Marriage Can Make It 145

Lesson 9 You Do Know What You Want to Do with the Rest of Your Life 160

Lesson 10 Both Is the New Either/Or 180

Bibliography 191

Web Sites and Organizations 195

Index 207

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    An uplifting, fun, thought-provoking read.

    50 is not the new 40, or 30, or whatever. 50 is the new fifty. I really enjoyed this book. All my life mother, aunts, and older friends told me that their 50's & 60's were the best decades of a woman's life, and I've been looking forward to them. But society seems to want us to live backwards to ages I've already been. Ms. Levine starts out by saying we are not who we were (only older) we are who we are now. We just have to figure out who that is. She describes/names that mixed up period of figuring out what we want to be doing/being for or in the second half of our life (which she calls the Second Adulthood) as the Fertile Void. And, boy, do her descriptions of that confusion and trials of new things, etc., fit how I'm feeling recently! I care less & less about what others think and more & more about what I think. The book is full of stories and advice from Horizontal Role Models (women our own age). I have things underlined throughout the book. It's an uplifting, fun, thought-provoking read.

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