When Nina Collins entered her forties she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality, sense of humor-perhaps all at once. Craving a place to discuss her questions and concerns, and finding none, Nina started a Facebook group with the ironic name, "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?," which has grown exponentially into a place where women-most with strong opinions and fierce senses of humorhave surprisingly candid, lively, and intimate conversations.
Mid-life is a time when women want to think about purpose, about how to be their best selves, and how to love themselves as they enter the second half of life. They yearn to acknowledge the nostalgia and sadness that comes with aging, but also want to revel in their hard-earned wisdom.
Part memoir and part resource on everything from fashion and skincare to sex and surviving the empty nest, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? is a frank and intimate conversation mixed with anecdotes and honesty, wrapped up in a literary joke. It's also a destination, a place where readers can nestle in and see what happens when women feel comfortable enough to get real with each other: defy the shame that the culture often throws their way, find solace and laugh out loud, and revel in this new phase of life.
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About the Author
Nina Lorez Collins was born in New York City in 1969 and attended Barnard College. She had a long career in book publishing, first as a scout and then as an agent. She completed a Masters in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and become a certified Life Coach with IPEC. She has four children and lives in Brooklyn, where she is a trustee of The Brooklyn Public Library.
Table of Contents
A Note About the Title xiii
Warning Labels xxi
Chapter 1 Fashion: Death by Eileen Fisher and Other Fashion Tragedies 1
The Tyranny of Heels-and Why I Love Them
Clogs: Giving Up or a Sexy Solution to Sore Feet?
Requiem for a Thong (Panties, Not Shoes!)
To Spanx or Not to Spanx
Summer's Here and the Water's Warm
You Go, Girl, but Please Not in These
Ten Things I Hope to Never Wear
Ten Staples I Hope Will Take Me a Long Way
Chapter 2 Sex and Relationships: Date Night at the Orgy Dome 36
How to Get Your Juices Back
All Lubed Up and No Place to Go
In the Mood, but Now What?
Dangerous Exes and Taking Things into Your Own Hands
He's Just Not That into You
Playing for the Other Team?
Keeping Your Long-Term Relationship Hot (and Other Oxymorons)
Four Very Scientific Reasons to Have Sex
A Tale of Two Vaginas
Wait, Which Way Do I Swipe?
Nina's Internet Dating Rules
Dim All the Lights: The Unfuckability Factor
Chapter 3 Bodies: Is Everything Sagging or Is It Just Me? 88
You Are What You Eat. Really
Booze: The Pros and Mostly Cons
Sugar Is the Enemy
Row, Row, Row, Your Belly Bloat
The Four Horsemen (Bat Wings, Back Fat, Muffin Top, Paunch)
Do Your Boobs Hangs Low? Changing Breast Size
Let's Get Physical: Exercise Matters
Ouch, My Knees! (Back, Shoulders, Elbows, Hips …)
My Body, Myself: Loving Yourself As You Are
Chapter 4 Parenting: A (Not Quite) Empty Nest 122
Has It Been Eighteen Years Already?
Big Kids, Big Problems
The Happiness Paradox
Coping with Aging While Bending Over to Pick up the Lego Bricks
Before I Forget . . . the Bright Side
It's Official: French Women Are Better at Everything
Grab Your Baggage, We're Going on a Guilt Trip
A Note on Our Own Miserable Childhood
Have You Seen My Boundaries?
Weaning Kids from the Financial Tit
The Ten Best Things About the Empty Nest
The Ten Worst Things About the Empty Nest
They're Back . . .
Chapter 5 Beauty: Mirror, Mirror …? 156
Are My Botox Treatments Contributing to the "New Normal"?
Fraxel, Juvéderm, Peels . . . Pick Your Poison
The Deepest Cut: Plastic Surgery
Long in the Tooth
Crepey Neck Skin?
Not by the Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin
Beyond the Tweezer
Eyelash Extensions-Yes, Eyelash Extensions
Fifty Shades of Gray Hair
Pubilc Knowledge: Waxing, Dying . . . Transplants?!
OPPP-Other People's Products and Philosophies
The High Cost of Beauty
I'm Okay, You're Okay: Acceptance and Solidarity
Chapter 6 Emotions: Anxiety and Depression and Stress, Oh My! 195
I Am Woman, Hear Me Whimper
Not Waving, or Drowning, or Even Sleeping
Why Are We So Depressed?
So What to Do About It? Prozac (and Xanax and Valium) Nation
How Bad Do I Have It?
Am I Really My Mother? And Other Questions to Ask Your Therapist
Stuck in the Middle of the Sandwich Generation Without Any Condiments
Death Happens: Our Parents, Our Partners, Our Friends, Our Own
How to Embrace Your Inner Bitch (and Not Wind Up Alone, Dead, and Half-Eaten By Cats)
Digging Your Way Out of the Dumps
Chapter 7 Health: Not What the Doctor Ordered 235
What's Up, Doc?
Can Anyone Please Explain HRT to Me?!
And What Are These Things Called Bioidentical Hormones?
Dear Lord, Please Don't Try to Sell Me Another Supplement
Leaky Lady Parts: Incontinence and Other Urinary Disasters
The Big Squeeze
Will I Ever Sleep Through the Night Again?
Melatonin, Valerian, and the Million Other Things People Tell You to Take
And Then There's Snoring
The Cruel Irony of the Three p.m. Slump
Weather Report Says Brain Fog
I Didn't See That One Comings: New Health Risks
The Big C
Health Screenings Cheat Sheet
Condoms: Not Just for Teens
Gum Disease and Other Funky Mouth Problems
Chapter 8 Work and Money: But How Will I Pay for My Depends? 283
Knock, Knock. Can Somebody Please Let Me Back In?
Reset Button, Anyone?
Let's Get Real: The Nitty-Gritty of Financial Planning
It's Complicated: Divorce, Second Marriages, Stepkids, Prenups
Estate Planning, Long-Term Care, Life Insurance, and Wills
Regrets, I've Had a Few: Things We Would Tell Out Real or Imagined Children
Chapter 9 You're Gonna Make It After All 319
Notes and Resources 335
About the Author 361