My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet)

( 8 )

Overview

Dr. Gwyneth Berke has a perfect life...until one day she walks into her pantry, lets out a little scream of disbelief and begins the following list:

What to do when you find out that your husband is in love with your interior decorator, Brad (or, A Midlife Crisis Checklist):
—Get divorced (this is a must!)
—Quickly discover a lifetime supply...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $13.85   
  • Used (15) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$13.85
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(74)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Naperville 2006 Softcover 390 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. FICTION. What to do when you find out that your husband is in love with your interior decorator, Brad. A funny ... and poignant first novel. (Key Words: Fiction, First Novel, Midlife, Middle Age, Menopause, Divorce, Friendship, Toby Devens, Baltimore). Read more Show Less

Ships from: Mount Vernon, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(181)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.49
BN.com price
(Save 25%)$14.00 List Price

Overview

Dr. Gwyneth Berke has a perfect life...until one day she walks into her pantry, lets out a little scream of disbelief and begins the following list:

What to do when you find out that your husband is in love with your interior decorator, Brad (or, A Midlife Crisis Checklist):
—Get divorced (this is a must!)
—Quickly discover a lifetime supply of humor (this will also help with your children and your mentally deteriorating father)
—Stop sulking, show a little spirit and start a new life plan (also a must)
—Recruit your two very dear, newly single friends to help you with it
—Don't look back and enjoy the ride!

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Still recovering from the discovery two years before that her husband of 26 years is gay (a revelation referred to as "The Treachery"), 54-year-old gynecologic oncologist Dr. Gwyneth Berke is resigned to a life of scientific pursuits, sulking in her luxury downtown Baltimore apartment and helping to care for her ailing father. Enter her best friends, widowed artist Kat and voluptuous entrepreneur Fleur, who coax Gwyn into dating again, a venture made easy by her looks, money and accomplishments. Though the men she meets at first are flakes, sexy lightning strikes at a medical conference when Gwyn meets Simon York, a renowned British gynecologist and researcher who doggedly woos a receptive Gwyn into the kind of torrid relationship that only two gynecologists can have. But Gwyn can't help wondering if Simon really is who he seems. He's too good and too busy to be true. More than light fare for the menopausal set, Devens's wise and witty debut is a distinguished addition to a crowded field. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Dr. Gwyn Berke and her two best friends, Kat and Fleur, are in their fifties. Gwyn's husband left her for another man, Kat's husband died, and Fleur has never been married. All three discover it's not easy to find available, attractive men. Fleur will try anything, from online dating services to supper clubs. Gwyn has a medical practice and a father with Alzheimer's. Where can she find the time for a relationship? And Kat's grown daughter objects to her dating. Devens's debut novel is an enjoyable story with a few problems, one of which is that there are too many characters interacting with Gwyn. The tired story line doesn't help either: a friend has cancer, and everyone rallies around her (see also Lorna Landvik's Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons and Mary Alice Monroe's The Book Club). However, the book does cover an age group usually left out of the literary loop, and there's also a great deal of humor. Recommended for all public libraries. Lesa M. Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Three successful Baltimore women find themselves suddenly single. Devens gives her baby-boomer heroines more than just menopause to worry about. The story begins as Dr. Gwyneth Berke struggles to make sense of her post-divorce life. Gwyn is in good company on her quest; her two best pals, Kat and Fleur, are also newly single. Each woman has achieved success in her professional life, but their personal lives are a different matter altogether: Kat is a widow, Fleur's boyfriend left her for a much younger and thinner rival, and Gwyn has been thrown back into the dating pool because her husband came out of the closet. These ladies aren't bumbling bimbos, and they won't settle for any old warm body-they want and deserve extraordinary men. It isn't easy for a woman with nearly 40 years of romantic baggage to find an uncomplicated and rewarding relationship. In Devens's world, friends aren't tossed aside as soon as a dashing gray-haired gentleman flashes a smile and bestows a bit of attention on a love-starved lady. In a well-executed revenge scenario, the ladies unite to battle a two-timing doctor who unwisely plays Gwyn for a fool. Refreshingly, these women stick together through travails tougher than mere dating disasters. Devens tackles meaty topics touching many women's lives: Friendship carries these ladies through cancer diagnoses and the hand-wringing drama of caring for an elderly parent with Alzheimer's. The author's weakness lies in trying to tackle too many themes-there are more than enough packed into these pages for at least one more book. An overstuffed debut that still manages to get to the heart of being a 50-year-old single woman.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402207471
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/9/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Toby Devens was born in Brooklyn, New York and by age five was performing as a singer and actress on stage and television. She "retired" at thirteen, to resume a happy, conventional childhood.

She was graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in English literature. At AU, she became the first female editor of the college literary magazine, was named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, and was elected Most Outstanding Senior Woman. In her senior year, she won first prize, feature division, in a national journalism competition sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

After a brief stint as the youngest writer on the public relations staff of AARP, she returned to Manhattan where she earned a M.A., also in English, from New York University. As New York editor for WHERE magazine, she gained experience in putting out a weekly publication and a few pounds reviewing restaurants and opening nights of supper clubs, as well as Broadway shows. She was a writer and senior editor at Harcourt Brace publications when she met her future husband interviewing him at a medical conference. The couple moved to Maryland, where Toby worked in corporate and health-related communications until the birth of her daughter, Amanda.

Toby Devens' first book, Mercy Lord, My Husband's in the Kitchen, was published by Doubleday in hardcover and Avon in soft. It received glowing reviews from People magazine, the West Coast Review of Books, the New York Daily News, and other newspapers around the country. Excerpts from the book were published as a McCall's center spread and later as a full page in the magazine. Her poetry, short fiction, and articles have appeared in such publications as Reader's Digest, Family Circle, McCall's and Parents magazine, among many others.

Most recently, she served as senior vice president for an international network of transplant banks, supervising public relations and media outreach for more than fifty transplant banks across the U.S. and abroad, from India to Greece, Slovakia to Egypt. Traveling extensively, involved hands-on, she had a front row seat to cutting-edge biotechnology and medical advances around the globe. Her writing related to medical issues has appeared in numerous professional publications and scientific journals. She continues to write and consult in the medical field.

She has lectured, counseled and taught in areas as diverse as drug abuse prevention, crisis intervention, and childbirth education.

The inspiration for My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet) emerged from her most recent sojourn into singlehood. She currently lives in a Maryland suburb halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1
So, how many times last month did you engage in sexual intercourse?"

Elaine Markowitz, a realtor, fifty-two and tummy tucked, shifted uncomfortably in her chair, disturbing the beige and teak tranquility of my office overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

"You sure my name isn't going to be published in this article, Dr. Berke?" she asked. "My mother's still living. She has cataracts, but she reads."

"No names. Just numbers, I promise. And it's an important study."

Elaine raised a skeptical eyebrow. "About sex?"
We'd been through this once, but now I clicked off my physician voice and turned on my woman-to-woman voice, warmer and more reassuring. "About female sexual interest once we reach menopause. And about our levels of activity and satisfaction. There are so many myths out there. Like Mother Nature flips the switch when we turn fifty and shuts us down. Which I don't for a moment believe, but I'd like to prove it. With statistics."

Better. Elaine settled back in her chair.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 8 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(4)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 8 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    I found the book entertaining. It kept me interested.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Highly recommended

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having been through much the dating thing after a divorce and all the pitfalls. The growing and learning experience was well worth the challenges. Ms. Devens does an excellent job of providing experience and humor. Good read!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Easy read and entertaining

    The book is an easy read and kept my interest. There are some pretty funny phrases and situations, the author should be commended for her humor. It took a few pages to get into but I really enjoyed the fact that it really isn't a story. More like a cut out of every day life.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Mason

    3 some

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Andrew

    *Kisses down to your shouldrrs* yep i sure do

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Ree

    Andrew...*sighs* I'm breaking up with u..this isn't working for me...I'm sorry n I hope u 4give me..I hope were still friends..

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 8 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)