The list author says: "Title pretty much says it all. These books will inspire and reinvigorate anyone who is going through a midlife crisis, or at least make you feel better, reminding you that you're not the only one who is questioning what they have done with their life so far."
"In 2005, as a husband, father, and corporate employee — 37 year old Lorenzo's life revolved around home, work, and his daily commute from the suburbs to the city. Then, one day, he found himself staying at the Little Church in midtown Manhattan in the wake of a marital separation. Living in virtual isolation for three months, he had a rare chance to re-examine his life."
""At the age of thirty-one, Gilbert moved with her husband to the suburbs of New York and began trying to get pregnant, only to realize that she wanted neither a child nor a husband. Three years later, after a protracted divorce, she embarked on a yearlong trip of recovery.""
"Inspired by his own mid-life crisis, in Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Roger Housden shows how these astonishing poems can inspire you to live what you always knew in your bones but never had the words for."
"Forty Things To Do When You Turn Forty is a collection of essays that speaks to the reader who has or will soon turn 40. Forty essayists from all walks of life have written on the subject of turning 40."
""Suzanne Braun Levine's honest and empowering book is the antidote to all those anti-aging creams and glum pronouncements about life after fifty. It explains why for me, and for so many other women, this has turned out to be the most free, creative, and rewarding time of life." —Isabella Rossellini"
"“A beautifully introspective book written by a keen observer of modern life. Housden's writing is phenomenal and provocative. It resembles the random musings of a self-professed dreamer. But lying within those ramblings is an elixir for life.” —Wendy Hoke, Dallas Morning News"
"While wide awake in the middle of the night (welcome to menopause!), Amy Ferris began chronicling every one of her funny, sad, hysterical, down and dirty, and raw to the bones stories. Along with fantasizing about marrying George Clooney, Ferris is faced with a plethora of other insomnia-induced thoughts and activities."
"Still recovering from the discovery two years before that her husband of 26 years is gay (a revelation referred to as "The Treachery"), 54-year-old gynecologic oncologist Dr. Gwyneth Berke is resigned to a life of scientific pursuits, sulking in her luxury downtown Baltimore apartment and helping to care for her ailing father."
"With personal stories from real women (and men), a list of resources, and a heartening sense of humor, How to Survive Your Husband's Midlife Crisis can help smooth out the rough spots-and turn a tumultuous time into a change for the better."
"This book is clearly on the whimsical side, but it approaches it with a serious plan to living a silly, crazy, and fantastic life. The bottom line is that you probably won't look back and regret what you did, so why have anything on the list of things you didn't do. - K. Walker"
"MidLife can be a springboard to a new and exciting era in your life. It is time to answer the wake-up call of this timely book and start experiencing improved health, spiritual fulfillment, and long-lasting relationships that will enrich and lengthen your days."
""Every once in a while you read a book that transforms you. Like the shift of a kaleidoscope, it reconfigures your view of life's journey. This is such a book. It may stimulate you to change directions, perhaps even enable you to find life's greatest joy: fulfillment. An invigorating read." Helen Fisher, Author of Why We Love"
"Jim Conway writes for all men who face midlife and have thought about walking away from family, work, church . . . all responsibilities, and never coming back. Of his own midlife crisis he says, "I feel like a vending machine. Someone pushes a button, and out comes an article. The family pushes buttons and out comes dollars. The community pushes other buttons. . . .""
"Gerzon brings enthusiasm and a joyous voice to those dreading the second half of their lives. He challenges us to see that time as a metamorphosis, a quest during which the signposts are the questions we ask ourselves."
"When You’re Facing the Empty Nest lets readers know they aren’t alone in their feelings of loss. It offers a sense of hope for the future and practical suggestions for parenting their young adult children."
"When a Mate Wants Out takes you from the first shock of abandonment through the hard work of restoration. Using principles based on over thirteen years of counseling hundreds of individuals whose spouses want out, Sally and Jim Conway disclose the secrets for saving a marriage."
"Hollis encourages the reader to examine what lies under the emptiness at mid-life despite having attained all of society's achievements such as marriage, career and financial success. He challenges us to discover what forces and fears formed us, and how our lives have been shaped as a result."
"Midlife Crisis? These strategies should be common knowledge and still... As a man, you can go through 80 years of existence without ever hearing about the basics that create a fulfilling and balanced life! - A midlife crisis is an awakening!"
"Sometimes life doesn't turn out the way we planned. In Chronicles of a Midlife Crisis, married couple Lucy and Trent discover the truth in this statement the hard way. After being married for almost twenty years, they've come to know each another better than anyone else."
""It's about time someone exposed the underside of 'having it all' and the pressure to follow in our supermoms' steps." -- Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls"