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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction: Bonjour, Madame 1
1 How to Find Your Calling 17
2 How to Choose a Partner 35
3 How to Turn Forty 47
4 How to Raise Children 57
5 How to Hear 67
6 How to Have Sex 75
7 How to Plan a Ménage à Trois 89
8 How to Be Mortal 107
9 How to Be an Expert 123
10 How to Have a Midlife Crisis 133
11 How to Be Jung 147
12 How to Get Dressed 159
13 How to Age Gracefully 179
14 How to Learn the Rules 193
15 How to Be Wise 203
16 How to Give Advice 219
17 How to Save the Furniture 231
18 How to Figure Out What's Happening 241
19 How to Think in French 261
20 How to Make Friends 273
21 How to Say No 285
22 How to Control Your Family 297
23 How to Be Afraid 307
24 How to Know Where You're From 313
25 How to Stay Married 331
Conclusion: How to Be a Femme Libre 345