Highs in the Low Fifties: (how I stumbled through the joys of single living)by Marion Winik
A cross between Nora Ephron and David Sedaris, longtime NPR commentator Marion Winik has a uniquely hilarious and relatable way of looking at life. Her stories of being single in middle age, marked by stylish writing and stunning candor, left readers bent double with laughter when they appeared in her column, rated "Best of Baltimore" by Baltimore Magazine.Highs in
A cross between Nora Ephron and David Sedaris, longtime NPR commentator Marion Winik has a uniquely hilarious and relatable way of looking at life. Her stories of being single in middle age, marked by stylish writing and stunning candor, left readers bent double with laughter when they appeared in her column, rated "Best of Baltimore" by Baltimore Magazine.Highs in the Low Fifties follows Winik's attempt to rebuild her world as a once-widowed, once-divorced single mom. With her signature optimism, resilience, and poor judgment, Winik dives into a series of ill-starred romantic experiences. Her clarity about her mistakes and ability to find humor in the darkest momentsin love, and in all parts of lifehas won her a growing crowd of devoted followers . . . and a few voyeurs.
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Meet the Author
Marion Winik is the author of six books of creative nonfiction, including Telling, First Comes Love, The Lunch-Box Chronicles, and The Glen Rock Book of the Dead, and two volumes of poetry. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun, Salon, More, and Newsday. Her commentaries for All Things Considered are collected at npr.org. She is a professor at the University of Baltimore. For more information, go to marionwinik.com.
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As a married guy, I probably wasn’t the target audience for this book but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Marion Winik’s adventures and misadventures trying to find and/or hang on to someone to love. Once I started reading, it was hard to put the book down. There is plenty of sarcasm and humor (which is what I was hoping for) but there was also plenty of thoughtfulness and reflection. My favorite passage in the book was a thought about parenting: “Your inner peace and strength are your child’s greatest resource. This is not BS. When you’re okay, they’re okay. All the parenting micromanagement in the world doesn’t change the thing that has the biggest effect on your kids: who you really are, in your heart and soul. That is the sky. Everything else is just the weather, the passing clouds.” I also thought the book’s final chapter – a rundown on “where they are now” for many of the guys she dated – was a nice touch. I recommend this one.
THIS BOOK IS HILARIOUS! I love the way Marion Winik lets the world see all the crazy, wacky, and sometimes messed-up things she's done. If you're ever gone on a bad date, you will LOVE this book! There's a lot on mothering and her chronic illness in here , too--it isn't all just her bad dating/sex life! I highly recommend this!
I just ordered all ms Winik's other books..I had read First Comes Love which I loved and think of when I make my kitchen counter top sparkle..that would be an inside joke for those who have read the book and if you've read her before you'll want to read her again and again!!
This book was very amusing and well written. It's definitely worth reading.