Red Hot Mamas: Coming into Our Own at Fifty [NOOK Book]

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Colette Dowling's uplifting book celebrates the myriad possibilities for women who are now turning 50. "Red hot mamas" are the dozens of women (some famous, some not) who are defying stereotypes to discover renewed power and vitality at midlife. In honest, empowering language, the women share with readers their energetic approaches to menopause, career changes, family life, and intimacy.

From the bestselling author of The Cinderella Complex comes a joyously on-target...

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Red Hot Mamas: Coming into Our Own at Fifty

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Overview

Colette Dowling's uplifting book celebrates the myriad possibilities for women who are now turning 50. "Red hot mamas" are the dozens of women (some famous, some not) who are defying stereotypes to discover renewed power and vitality at midlife. In honest, empowering language, the women share with readers their energetic approaches to menopause, career changes, family life, and intimacy.

From the bestselling author of The Cinderella Complex comes a joyously on-target new book for the hottest and fastest growing market in North America--Baby Boomers about to hit fifty. Learn how dozens of women are discovering their power and vitality at midlife and defying the stereotype of the woman who is "on-the-shelf" at 50.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dowling (The Cinderella Complex), who is herself 50-plus, strives for a celebratory attitude in this self-help manual designed to guide women through the changes that occur at midlife. Drawing on interviews with 65 women and sociological research, she tackles a variety of subjects including menopause, caretaking of elderly parents, career change, appearance, sexuality, relationships and managing money. Dowling's target group is the baby boom generation, and her upbeat anecdotes deal chiefly with the experiences of middle-class to upper-middle-class women. She argues that, despite the challenges inherent in growing older, the 50s can be years of growth if women are open to change, willing to take chances and ready to invest in their strengths and abilities. In a controversial chapter, Dowling advises the use of estrogen replacement therapy both to relieve the symptoms of menopause and to protect women from disease. She labels those feminists who disagree ``reactionary.'' (Feb.)
Library Journal
The author of the best-selling You Mean I Don't Have to Feel This Way? (LJ 1/92) reports on the many women who have found new life after a half-century.
Jennifer Henderson
Three years ago--"when menopause came out of the closet" --Dowling started work on this book. As the author of "The Cinderella Complex" (1990), she was well aware of the myths and stereotypes that challenge the modern woman. Here her targeted audience is women at or over the age of 50. Sixty-five women leading full, exciting lives in their fifties along with several therapists and social scientists were interviewed; their experiences as well as her own are deftly blended with the topics discussed. These include: how 50 looks, changes involved with menopause and the pros/cons of estrogen supplements, the burden of caregiving (which can become overwhelming when a woman is sandwiched between the demands of her children and her parents), intimate relationships, sexual changes and expectations, and the necessity of taking financial control. By learning about the physical, emotional, social, and economic changes that are occurring or soon will, each woman can move beyond ageist and sexist misconceptions toward a more satisfying, productive, even "red-hot" midlife.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307796929
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/22/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 639,954
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Ch. I The Mamas: A Generation Arrives at Midlife 1
Ch. II What's Age Got to Do With It? 20
Ch. III Caught in the Middle 37
Ch. IV "This Is What Fifty Looks Like": Appearance, Livelihood, and Sexual Self-Confidence 68
Ch. V New Intimacies 95
Ch. VI Hormone Wars 129
Ch. VII Love in the Afternoon: Sex and the Menopausal Woman 168
Ch. VIII Money of One's Own 198
Ch. IX New Choices: Moving Off From the Frontiers of Fifty 229
Epilogue: Going Back 254
Notes 257
Index 273
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