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Fortytude: Making the Next Decades the Best Years of Your Life -- through the 40s, 50s, and Beyond Hardcover – March 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341190
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

According to Brokaw, a therapist and daughter of the former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw, turning 40 can present women with a beautiful opportunity for powerful self-reflection and self-improvement. Making the most of this critical milestone takes a kind of strength that Brokaw calls "fortytude," and she identifies five core values—grace, connectedness, accomplishment, adventure, and spirituality—that can help women thrive as they navigate the journey from age 35 onwards. She profiles American women from different walks of life: an overweight Wisconsin nurse, resolving to live her own life more fully after her sister's suicide, undergoes gastric bypass surgery; a California ceramics artist is inspired by her daughter to accept her small breast size; a brigadier general who mentors other women through the difficulties of military life and the horrors of war. Brokaw, a single woman, decides to freeze her eggs, a decision that enabled her to stop searching frantically for a partner; and a television producer honors her late mother by raising money online for nonprofit organizations. Although Brokaw's advice is helpful and inspirational, it is also generic and familiar. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Sarah Brokaw is a licensed therapist with practices in Manhattan and Venice Beach, California, with an expertise in relational dynamics. Brokaw graduated from Duke University and earned a Masters in Social Work from New York University. Philanthropically, she has been actively involved with the organizations Women for Women International and Robin Hood in New York City, and she has served on the boards for the NYU School of Social Work Alumni Committee and the East Harlem School at Exodus House.

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Customer Reviews

I bought on for my niece as well.
"Enya"
So Fortytude has really changed my perception of how I deal with what life throws at me.
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Particularly, I love the examples of different women with different lifestyles.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By CC Girl on May 11, 2011
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I am half way through the book and I feel like this book revolves around women who are not your average woman. What about the "average" housewife/working mom/adult student? She seems to have left "us" out. As an example some women she refers to are an ER doctor, a lawyer, a professional body builder, an oceanographer, a surgeon, a non-profit executive, a woman who has devoted her life to fighting for multi-racial democracy and human rights, a free lance photographer, etc. Now maybe I am out of the loop here, but what about the community college graduate/suburban housewife/working mom/child-free woman who does not travel the world, have a masters/doctorate and an award winning job. She talks about two best friends who supported each other through the one friend returning to Phillipines and having to fear a contract put out on her life. Really now? How common is this? WHO the heck did SHE interview for this book? Certainly not your "average" woman like me. No doubt there are wonderful beautiful women who do amazing "save the world" things in life. I believe in supporting each other as women and give them all the kudos they deserve. But ya know there is only so much world saving you can get done in a weekend when you are trying to catch up with the laundry, get the grocery shopping done, plan meals, etc. So, hence, I found the book to be unrealistic. That in itself made me feel "bad" for "just" being who I am and not some amazing worldly free lance photographer who body builds and supports friends with contracts out on their life! I also found it to be idealistic. She describes how wonderful it is to be a part of women's groups. The bonding and friendship, etc. Yes, in an ideal world this is great to have time for this. But WHERE are all these wonderful women's groups?Read more ›
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Book Junkie on July 31, 2011
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I learned a few useful life strategies from this book, so I'm glad I read it. However, I did not identify with most of the people interviewed for the book--they seemed to be very wealthy people who were not dealing with the day-to-day concerns of paying the bills, raising the kids, etc. I also thought that the book was written at a high-school level and was superficial in its treatment of very deep, complicated life issues.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ann Marie Nelligan on March 15, 2012
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I thought this book would give me tips on my maturing age and make me feel good about it. It only keep repeating the fact that I am old.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C Boston on February 7, 2013
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The people in this book are simply too far away from average people. And therefore, those so-called strategies are useless for most people.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Kaelin on June 4, 2012
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I think my review title says it all. Read it for our book club, no one liked it. If you have a lot of money that you did not earn than maybe you can relate to the author. If you get bored and can go to Japan to mix it up than maybe you can relate to this author. If you are a point that you do not know what to do, maybe open a yoga studio or make jewlery for your little shop in Manhatten than maybe you would relate to this author. I am none of the above. Bad, just bad.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DianaGolightly on March 10, 2011
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I have been a huge Tom Brokaw fan for years and absolutely love all of his books...so I'm not too surprised that his daughter would come-out with a fantastic book of her own.

I am not yet 30, but as Sarah said, this is a book she wishes she had when she was in her twenties. I see young women all around me "panicking" and experiencing what Sarah discusses in this book.

After I finished reading Fortytude, I had a good cry! It was great to feel so understood.

I will be recommending it to all of my friends...no matter what their ages!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Chen on October 22, 2013
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Is this what life coach usually do? Write some meaningless articles?

What is a life coach anyway?

Shouting inspirational but empty slogans?
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eye Opener on March 11, 2011
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This book is so great for ALL women 35-55. Sarah intelligently and relatably discusses all the topics women face- loss of job, divorce, breast cancer, empty nest, infertility, the fear of infertility and more. It's like talking to a therapist who is also a friend. Fortytude is so positive and empowering. It's really a roadmap of how to take control of your life and feel great no matter what stage you're in and what challenges you face. It's time women take care of themselves and this book helps us do just that.
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