The Other Side of Thirty: Musings of a Modern Day Bachelor Gal

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The Other Side of Thirty is the story of Ani Spencer, a feisty, passionate, single, 30-something architect. Ani is on a quest. While professionally successful, Ani feels like the "traditional" route to female happiness (marriage, children, etc.) is rapidly passing her by. As a self-proclaimed modern-day feminist and independent woman, Ani is mortified that she even cares about this issue. But to her chagrin, try as she might (and she tries!), Ani just can't seem to push the subject out of her mind. Despite having...

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Overview

The Other Side of Thirty is the story of Ani Spencer, a feisty, passionate, single, 30-something architect. Ani is on a quest. While professionally successful, Ani feels like the "traditional" route to female happiness (marriage, children, etc.) is rapidly passing her by. As a self-proclaimed modern-day feminist and independent woman, Ani is mortified that she even cares about this issue. But to her chagrin, try as she might (and she tries!), Ani just can't seem to push the subject out of her mind. Despite having devoured the current plethora of books and TV shows depicting the ups and downs of the modern single female in witty, lighthearted tones, Ani still has unresolved angst. So she decides to take matters into her own hands.

The Other Side of Thirty chronicles Ani's efforts to ride the rapids of single life in the 21st century and figure out how to move forward and address head-on the issues that tug at her on a daily basis: dating, marriage, body image, self-confidence, careers & personal finances, and last but not least, building a life that is rich with simplicity, creativity, & small joys. Ani's journey is told in a unique format; the chapters in The Other Side of Thirty alternate between Ani's thinking on these key subjects and what she calls "d.i.t.l.s.", copies of email correspondences that give the reader a chance to see what was going on in her life at the time these thoughts were written down. While Ani starts off thinking her problem is being single in her 30's, she eventually comes to recognize that the root issue with which she is grappling is something much broader than that. As a result readers of all types-singles, women, and none of the above-will find wisdom and humor in Ani's tale about trying to move forward in life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Like the book's protagonist, Ms. Thakor is also a 30-something singleton and an unabashed self-improvement junkie. At present she is focused on her twin goals of building a career in the investment management industry as an analyst/portfolio manager and laughing more often. Ms. Thakor received her BA from Wellesley College and her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She makes her home in Houston, TX.
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What People Are Saying

Glenna Bell
"Smart, honest, from the heart. A unique blend of page-turning fiction and plain spoken wisdom. The kind of book you want to read and re-read for inspiration, particularly during life's inevitable rough patches."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738861128
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2001

    Have a laugh while you read...

    You can't help but get a smile on your face when you read this book. Ani Spencer is great. Quirky, neurotic, and she makes you laugh at yourself. A fun read with lots of practical applications. Great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2001

    Loved it!

    The Other Side of Thirty is the perfect antidote to a lonely Friday night. It's thought-provoking but not too heavy. Funny but also inspiring. Most importantly, it contains some great ideas about key life topics such as body image, career and self-confidence as well as poignant insights on romantic entanglements.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2001

    Fantastic Read!

    If you liked Bridget Jones' Diary or Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing, you'll love The Other Side of Thirty. This is the kind of book you want to refer back to again and again for inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2001

    Do not be fooled by the title!

    You need not be single to benefit from this book. Whether you are married, divorced, or single - the ideas and knowledge presented here can be used by everyone. A unique combination of fiction and self-help, the author weaves useful and real solutions to issues facing all women within the context of a 'true to life' tale. Very down-to-earth and from the heart - this is how REAL women live, love and learn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2001

    Wonderful!

    I wish I had access to this book when I was going through a divorce and staring 'singledom' in the face. The author addresses the most important issues facing women today such as body image, self esteem, careers, etc. And she even gives us follow-up reading material!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    must read!!

    Finally, a realistic picture of life as an independent woman!!! This book provides a refreshing approach to everyday issues and a positive outlook that is truly inspirational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    The Other Sideof Fifty

    This book touched my soul. How wonderful to find there are kindred spirits out there that are talented enough to deliver such an amazing tool. The book is packed with wisdom, wit, and real life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2001

    Sound realistic advise

    A great read. Full of the bittersweet emotions of singledom. It brought back painful memories, but left off with sound advise and a chuckle. Loaded with wisdom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2001

    Loved it.

    Loved it. The Other Side of Thirty is the perfect antidote to a lonely Friday night. It's thought-provoking, yet not too heavy. Funny, yet also inspiring. Most importantly, it contains some great ideas and suggestions about key life topics such as body image, careers, and self-confidence, as well as poignant insights on romantic entanglements.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2001

    Smart and funny

    Not just for single people, this book offers thoughtful conclusions about self confidence, weight, feminism, friendship and taking control of your own life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2001

    Terrific Read.

    Refreshingly authentic . . . The Other Side of Thirty offers real insight into the life of today's independent career woman. Humorous and perceptive . . . this book's definitely worth the read.

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