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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315452
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“With generous helpings of wisdom and wit, this book is a recipe for joy during what comes next.” — David Niven, PhD, author of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

“Good, juicy, inspiring words and ways to live as a gloriously aging soul.” — SARK, author and artist of Fabulous Friendship Festival

50 Ways to Leave Your 40s is a joyful, irreverent (and at the same time, very reverent), enthusiastic, and incredibly informative book. The authors present their suggestions for zestful and meaningful living in wonderfully inviting ways. I loved it!” — Sue Patton Thoele, author of The Courage to Be Yourself and The Mindful Woman

“So far, the statistics are convincing: everyone ages. How we age, however, is largely a choice. Sheila Key and Dr. Peggy Spencer serve up a delectable recipe for healthy aging that is both delicious and joyful.” — Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

More About the Author

Sheila Key is a "Best of Show" award-winning writer (San Diego Press Club, 1991) and graphic designer who has freelanced for publications ranging from corporate business journals to New Age magazines to anthologies of poetry and art. Sheila also worked in radio for ten years, including stints as a rock DJ at commercial stations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Most of her broadcast work has been in the noncommercial realm, however, including jobs at NPR affiliates and community radio stations in North Dakota (her native stomping ground), Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tucson, and San Diego. Sheila settled in Albuquerque in 1994, when her husband, Richard Towne, was appointed general manager of public radio station KUNM 89.9 FM. The two live with their daughter and son (and kitty and pup) in Albuquerque's North Valley, where Sheila micro-gardens and produces home-canned pickles and jams.

Customer Reviews

I bought this book for a 50th birthday gift.
727retiredq
Any mid-life reader will find plenty of enjoyable and worthwhile nuggets.
K. Judkins
It is filled with both humor and practical advice.
M.J. Evans

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Ravel on April 24, 2009
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Bought this for my mom's 50th birthday. I couldn't decide between a gag or sincere one, then I found this book. It was perfect: funny, serious, happy and comforting. She loved it, started reading right away!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Judkins on March 5, 2008
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Any mid-life reader will find plenty of enjoyable and worthwhile nuggets. You may not agree with all of the advice in this book but there is wide range of topics and they are all delivered with much wit and wisdom. The author plays the role of a good friend who is telling you just what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear. The truth is cushioned with optimism and humor and floats to the surface in bite sized pieces. Instead of telling your best friend that they need to floss, watch less TV, get a prostate exam or unwind with a road trip-- give them this book and let it do the work of telling the truth with pizzazz. By the way, get your own copy because you need the same counsel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Yeager on December 23, 2008
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This was the year that I left my 40's behind and entered what I once considered to be the least desirable of all of life's decades, my 50's: Too young for Medicare and too old for women to care. But then I read this delightful little book and realized that my spirits need not sag, just because my buttock is starting to.

"Fifty Ways to Leave Your Forties" is one of those fun books that you can dip into a little bit here, a little bit there, and come away refreshed with some new ideas, thoughts, and motivation for the day. But then again, once you pick it up, you may not want to put it down. Sheila Key writes with a breezy, upbeat style that sparkles. And like most guys my age who shun medical advice, let alone treatment, I found the contributions to the book by Dr. Peggy Spencer to be not only valuable and reassuring, but delivered in an entertaining and non-preachy style ... almost makes me want to bump up the date of my next colonoscopy (almost).

I hope we'll see more from these two authors in the future; at least in another ten years, when the big six zero rolls around (now THAT's old!).

-Jeff Yeager
Author, The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Anderson on March 3, 2008
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Sheila Key's good nature, warmth, and wonderful humor sparkle on every page, and Peggy Spencer's wise advice balances it perfectly. This book is one of the best gifts you'll ever give any 50-something friend...or yourself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin F. Tucker on March 27, 2008
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What a consummate achievement this book is. Written by Sheila Key in a folksy, colloquial style, it imparts great wisdom to those who would like to know how to look at their 50's and beyond as a time of fulfillment and joy. Peggy Spencer also did a great job. I like the "doc in the box" feature - it adds intellectual and thought provoking elements to each of the "ways."

I highly recommend you buy this book and enjoy!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gina Pera VINE VOICE on March 27, 2008
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Have you ever hoped to meet the author of a book you really enjoyed, thinking that you're just bound to enjoy that person? And then, you actually meet that author and think, YUCK?

Well, that's not the case with this book. If you are lucky enough to hang out with Sheila Key sometime and you're like me, you will come away thinking, "geez, not only has she actually LIVED this book, but she is a heck of a lot of fun, too."

I know, because I've known Sheila for 20 years, and even though we haven't seen each other in about 10 years, I've looked forward every New Year's to receiving her cleverly homespun newsletters. Through them, I've watched her beautiful children grow and seen how Sheila's smiling face has somehow retained that youthful look of mischief mixed with excitement--no doubt related to some new and interesting pursuit.

Sheila knows a thing or two about nurturing wonder, mental and physical health, creative stimulation, and a juicy existence. So I for one was thrilled when she told me about her book project. Having been her editor when she wrote for a newspaper, I grew accustomed to Sheila always exceeding my expectations (which are exceedingly high). And, since I was just entering my 50s and really needing such a book, I knew Sheila would not let me down.

I've just started reading, and if I wait until I finish it to write a review, that could take some time. As I figured out after the first chapter, this isn't a book you skim through. It's one you dip into on a regular basis, drink in inspiration, and, thus recharged, go try something new--or remember that long-forgotten thing that brings you joy and lightens your step.

I'll be back when I have more to report.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Davis on January 14, 2010
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This book is perfect for those in their 40s who fear the upcoming 50s and those who are already in their 50s. It is full of suggestions and tips on how to enjoy this decade, and it shares many wise thoughts on keeping the 'big picture' in mind and staying with a 'glass half full' mentality. I interviewed these authors for [...].

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I enjoyed this book a lot and highly recommend it!
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