Fifty on Fifty: Wisdom, Inspiration, and Reflections on Women's Lives Well Lived

Fifty on Fifty: Wisdom, Inspiration, and Reflections on Women's Lives Well Lived

by Bonnie Miller Rubin
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Fifty on Fifty: Wisdom, Inspiration, and Reflections on Women's Lives Well Lived by Bonnie Miller Rubin

Fifty famous, accomplished, determined women celebrate, reflect upon,&embrace life at 50&beyond.

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ISBN-13: 9780446566056
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/26/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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Fifty on Fifty: Widsom, Inspiration and Reflections on Lives Well Lived 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I love this book! In our society, role models for women outside the family are often hard to find. This book takes fifty women around age fifty who have been very successful professionally, thumbnails their lives, and captures the essence of what they have learned. The advice spans their entire adult lives, so the book is helpful for young women . . . as well as fiftyish ones. Although clearly aimed at women, I thought most of the advice was equally applicable to men. Ms. Bonnie Miller Rubin conceived the book and conducted the interviews from which the material is drawn. She thought of the book in one epiphany. While 'trying on bathing suits . . . I was swamped by the feeling that I was not managing the aging process very well.' 'Yet . . . others seemed to be doing quite splendidly.' ' . . . I decided to pick the collective brains of other women.' 'Each woman had accumulated some dings to the heart . . . .' She shares a number of overall impressions. ' . . . [T]here was less anxiety at fifty . . . .' She noted that they were 'more attuned to their surroundings . . . .' ' . . . [T]he need to nurture others was palpable.' As to what is next, they list 'meaningful work, enduring relationships, good health, and inner contentment.' The women are all quite famous, and only two were unknown to me. They are heavily drawn from the entertainment world, so the issue of continuing attractiveness shows up strongly. That seems very appropriate for a book about women turning fifty, given the historical perception that a woman is in some ways her appearance (that's not my perception, though!). Some are still fighting aging with exercise and diet, while others have sworn off plastic surgery. A few revel in the knife. As general role models, that appearance connection is a little problemmatical in using this book as a sole source of guidance for young women. That's the only significant drawback to the book. Space does not permit me to quote everyone, but let me share a few: Gloria Allred: 'The only person I can depend on is me.' ' . . . [E]ach of us has a responsibility to help improve the status of women.' Carol Bellamy: 'You never know what's going to happen next, so be prepared.' Linda Bloodworth-Thomason: ' . . . [D]on't whine.' Sarah Brady: 'My advice is to learn to adjust.' Dixie Carter: ' . . .