There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story

There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story

by Pamela Druckerman

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Overview

The best-selling author of BRINGING UP BÉBÉ investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face.

When Pamela Druckerman turns 40, waiters start calling her "Madame," and she detects a disturbing new message in mens' gazes: I would sleep with her, but only if doing so required no effort whatsoever.
 
Yet forty isn't even technically middle-aged anymore. And after a lifetime of being clueless, Druckerman can finally grasp the subtext of conversations, maintain (somewhat) healthy relationships and spot narcissists before they ruin her life.

What are the modern forties, and what do we know once we reach them? What makes someone a "grown-up" anyway? And why didn't anyone warn us that we'd get cellulite on our arms? Part frank memoir, part hilarious investigation of daily life, There Are No Grown-Ups diagnoses the in-between decade when... 

   • Everyone you meet looks a little bit familiar. 
   • You're matter-of-fact about chin hair. 
   • You can no longer wear anything ironically. 
   • There's at least one sport your doctor forbids you to play. 
   • You become impatient while scrolling down to your year of birth. 
   • Your parents have stopped trying to change you. 
   • You don't want to be with the cool people anymore; you want to be with your people. 
   • You realize that everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently. 
   • You know that it's ok if you don't like jazz.

Internationally best-selling author and New York Times contributor Pamela Druckerman leads us on a quest for wisdom, self-knowledge and the right pair of pants. A witty dispatch from the front lines of the forties, There Are No Grown-ups is a (midlife) coming-of-age story, and a book for anyone trying to find their place in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594206375
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Pamela Druckerman is a journalist and the author of four books including Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, which has been translated into twenty-eight languages. She’s also a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bonjour, Madame 1

1 How to Find Your Calling 13

2 How to Choose a Partner 27

3 How to Turn Forty 35

4 How to Raise Children 43

5 How to Hear 51

6 How to Have Sex 59

7 How to Plan a Ménage à Trois 69

8 How to Be Mortal 81

9 How to Be an Expert 93

10 How to Have a Midlife Crisis 101

11 How to Be Jung 111

12 How to Get Dressed 121

13 How to Age Gracefully 135

14 How to Learn the Rules 145

15 How to Be Wise 153

16 How to Give Advice 165

17 How to Save the Furniture 173

18 How to Figure Out What's Happening 181

19 How to Think in French 195

20 How to Make Friends 205

21 How to Say No 213

22 How to Control Your Family 221

23 How to Be Afraid 229

24 How to Know Where You're From 233

25 How to Stay Married 245

Conclusion: How to Be a Femme Libre 255

Acknowledgments 263

Bibliography 267

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