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From Publishers Weekly

Erica Jong, Marianne Williamson, Harold Kushner and many lesser-known contributors to this volume offer a heap of advice, urging readers not only to "keep a sense of adventure," (29) but to "get smart about the IRS" (151) and to "read the Torah." (225). Each of the chapters is brief, ranging from practical financial advice (129-164) to less concrete tips on spirituality and mindset. Religious scholar Robert Thurman says, "To understand the meaning of life, I think you have to confront and deal with the meaning of death"; (220) public radio personality Garrison Keillor urges readers to "start telling the truth" and says that being 50 earns one the right to "dare to express simple preference. (Do you want to go over to the Swansons for dinner? No, I don't.)" (15) The contributors here range from a playwright and a poet (17-20, 26-28) to a professional astrologer (197-203) and an estate planning attorney (140-144), giving this collection the benefit of diverse points of view on various aspects of aging. Not all of the suggestions will appeal to all readers (you simply may not have the funds to invest in real estate(155)), but those who want reassurance that 50 is the age at which you start reaping the benefits of your labors will find much to appreciate here.
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Don't even think about turning 50 without this book! A compilation of short articles, musings and reminiscences written by experts and celebrities from all walks of life on the subject of turning 50. Includes valuable information on important medical tests, estate planning, insurance strategies, as well as a healthy dose of poetry and humor. A ...those who want reassurance that 50 is the age at which you start reaping the benefits of your labors will find much to appreciate here. --Publishers Weekly, July 18, 2005

Helping baby boomers as they age has become a popular subject for writers who are often boomers themselves. The messages are usually upbeat and optimistic, ensuring readers that the best times are ahead. Editor Sellers commissioned experts like Rabbi Harold Kushner, clothing designer Diane Von Furstenberg, and makeup artist Bobbi Brown to write essays dealing with attitude, appearance, fitness, career, money, and fun. Garrison Keillor tells readers to stop complaining, while Harold Bloom advises them to read the classics. Doctors discuss nutrition and life-saving procedures, while financial experts talk about investments. It's a great book to browse or read piecemeal. Highly recommended; sales of the book will be donated to cancer organizations. --Library Journal, September 15, 2005

The result is a collection of essays that are helpful, humorous and encouraging. In addition to Keillor, Orman and Von Furstenberg, the contributors include Rabbi Harold Kushner, former poet laureate Billy Collins, America's Cup winner Gary Jobson, beauty expert Bobbi Brown and financial advisor Bill Gross. The topics are diverse, but the reader is left with one very positive message by the end of the book, Sellers said. Accept and take care of yourself, put your affairs in order and the years that are ahead of you will be the best years of your life. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 21, 2005

The result is a collection of essays that are helpful, humorous and encouraging. In addition to Keillor, Orman and Von Furstenberg, the contributors include Rabbi Harold Kushner, former poet laureate Billy Collins, America's Cup winner Gary Jobson, beauty expert Bobbi Brown and financial advisor Bill Gross. The topics are diverse, but the reader is left with one very positive message by the end of the book, Sellers said. Accept and take care of yourself, put your affairs in order and the years that are ahead of you will be the best years of your life. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 21, 2005

Helping baby boomers as they age has become a popular subject for writers who are often boomers themselves. The messages are usually upbeat and optimistic, ensuring readers that the best times are ahead. Editor Sellers commissioned experts like Rabbi Harold Kushner, clothing designer Diane Von Furstenberg, and makeup artist Bobbi Brown to write essays dealing with attitude, appearance, fitness, career, money, and fun. Garrison Keillor tells readers to stop complaining, while Harold Bloom advises them to read the classics. Doctors discuss nutrition and life-saving procedures, while financial experts talk about investments. It's a great book to browse or read piecemeal. Highly recommended; sales of the book will be donated to cancer organizations. --Library Journal, September 15, 2005

The result is a collection of essays that are helpful, humorous and encouraging. In addition to Keillor, Orman and Von Furstenberg, the contributors include Rabbi Harold Kushner, former poet laureate Billy Collins, America's Cup winner Gary Jobson, beauty expert Bobbi Brown and financial advisor Bill Gross. The topics are diverse, but the reader is left with one very positive message by the end of the book, Sellers said. Accept and take care of yourself, put your affairs in order and the years that are ahead of you will be the best years of your life. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 21, 2005

Helping baby boomers as they age has become a popular subject for writers who are often boomers themselves. The messages are usually upbeat and optimistic, ensuring readers that the best times are ahead. Editor Sellers commissioned experts like Rabbi Harold Kushner, clothing designer Diane Von Furstenberg, and makeup artist Bobbi Brown to write essays dealing with attitude, appearance, fitness, career, money, and fun. Garrison Keillor tells readers to stop complaining, while Harold Bloom advises them to read the classics. Doctors discuss nutrition and life-saving procedures, while financial experts talk about investments. It's a great book to browse or read piecemeal. Highly recommended; sales of the book will be donated to cancer organizations. --Library Journal, September 15, 2005
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Product Details

  • Series: Fifty Experts on the Subject of Turning Fifty
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing, Inc. (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156906590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569065907
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Nate on December 28, 2010
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So I'm 26... I read about half the book the night before I gave this to my mother for her 50th. I really liked it and wished that I had more time to finish it. Even though I'm only :) halfway to 50 I was feeling like it applied a lot to my life as well. My mother was struggling with the idea of turning 50. The three best things (in this order)that we did to help her get over this feeling was 1) overwhelm her with "little" surprises... 2) let all her friends, family, and coworkers know (They added to the little surprises way more than what we could have done)and 3) we gave her this book (Fifty Things to Do When You Turn Fifty: Fifty Experts on the Subject of Turning Fifty)to read on the down time after everything was all said and done. She positivity commented on the book a few times on how it really gave her a different outlook than what she had.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By sylvialynn on January 31, 2006
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This is a compilation from various authors writing on the subject of turning 50. The first contributor really lays it on the line by saying "Stop complaining" and get your act together so that you'll get through many years after 50. I appreciated that these 50 writers "provided essays on a pro-bono basis" and profits from the book will go toward non-profit organizations focused on cancer research. This is a great book to give as a gift to friends reaching this sometimes challenging milestone.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rl Brown on February 19, 2009
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I read this book in almost one sitting. I found the advice helpful, as well as entertaining. I have three friends turning 50 in March and bought a copy for each of them. I'm trying to make my year of turning 50 pivotal. This book helped me wrap my brain around saying "I'm Fifty."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jamilah Kolocotronis on December 18, 2009
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I bought this book for my younger sister as part of her fiftieth birthday present. She particular about books and doesn't like anything too technical or too frivolous. She said this book was great and she's very much enjoying it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By momzilla on January 24, 2010
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A friend got this for a 50th birthday gift. I was so impressed, ordered my own copy. Gives one pause to think about the days to come. Wonderful gift!!!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Remlap on September 29, 2011
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I would recommend this book to anyone turning 50. I bought it for my mother for her birthday and she has appreciated it more than we both thought she would. At first when she read the title she kind of rolled her eyes and thought "Oh yeah... 50 things to do when you're 50. They probably say to sky-dive and bungee-jump... not going to happen." I was a little worried that it may be fluffy or not very practical, but in fact it has been a great comfort to her. Because the authors have all turned 50 they are writing from a realistic standpoint, not a stereotypical "bucket list" viewpoint. They offer solid advice and personal stories that she has really been able to relate to. Often times she tells me something about what she read in the book that has given her a new way of thinking about life after her 50th birthday. I am VERY glad I bought it for her and very glad she is reading it. She dreaded turning 50, but this book has helped her embrace her age! :) Order this one instead of any of those other zillion "When you're 50" books. :)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sam on May 4, 2012
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great idea and some of the articles are charming. but many are simply advertising for whatever the person does - a yoga guru etc. i got bored halfway through and dropped it. not worth the money for the few interesting chapters.
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Knowledgeably edited by Ronnie Sellers, Fifty Things To Do When You Turn Fifty is an informed and thought-provoking collection of fifty writers contributing ideas, advice, observations, and instructions upon turning fifty years old. As an ideal how-to and what-to-do book informing its readers of the many fears and beliefs that might concern most fifty-year-olds, and explores why they might feel as they do and what to do to avoid or confront such barriers. Fifty Things To Do When You Turn Fifty is very strongly recommended to all readers who have or are contemplating turning fifty-something as the ultimate guideline of staying young as an explorative and practical fifty-year-old.
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