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Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes From the Midlife Underground by Twenty-Five Women Over Forty Hardcover – March 21, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1ST edition (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385515413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385515412
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Boomer women share their surprise at arriving in midlife and the lessons they've learned along the way. Most of the contributors to this volume, edited by award-winning authors Barnes (In the Wilderness) and Davis (Winter Range), are in their 40s; a handful—among them Annick Smith, Beverly Lowry and Mary Clearman Blew—have reached 60. The entries vary greatly in tone and literary skill, but there are several outstanding contributions. Diana Abu-Jaber explores with intelligence the moves she has made and the meaning of permanence and place. Julia Glass describes the physical and emotional toll cancer treatments have taken on her and her children. On a lighter note, Pam Houston details with considerable wit a period when she was consumed by an erotic attraction (never consummated) to a man other than her husband (devoted to raising organic cattle of a certain breed, he was known as "the Scottish Highland beefcake"). No doubt other boomer women will find much to identify with. (On sale Mar. 21)
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"[T]here are several outstanding contributions....No doubt other boomer women will find much to identify with." --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Lisa Norris is the author of WOMEN WHO SLEEP WITH ANIMALS (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2011). Her previous story collection, TOY GUNS, won the 1999 Willa Cather Fiction Prize and was published by Helicon Nine Press. Her stories, essays and poems have been published in the anthology KISS TOMORROW HELLOW (Doubleday, 2006) as well as many literary journals, most recently SHENANDOAH, ASCENT, BLUELINE, SOUTH DAKOTA REVIEW, TOAD, and SMARTISH PACE. She received a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Virginia Tech, M.A. from Idaho State University, and M.F.A. from American University.

After teaching as an instructor at Virginia Tech for 15 years, she moved to Ellensburg, Washington, where she is an Associate Professor at Central Washington University.

For more information, please visit www.lisanorris.us.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Lee on June 30, 2006
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This is an great anthology with a nice variety of pieces by some excellent women authors. I found it to be thought provoking, moving, and fun to read. I think many ( most, all) women over 40 would like this book. It is not a "self help" book in the style of articles you see in women's magazines although the title sounds like it might be. It is however very helpful to hear the articulate voices of intellegent women who are facing many the same issues. I liked being introduced to new writers that I had not read before and will now look for other things they have written. Many of the writers are from western states and liked that as I am too. If you are an intelligent woman over 40 years old who likes good writing. I would say- buy this book
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I bought this book years ago for myself and Mother's Day gifts for the women in my family over 40. I've read it from cover to cover and refer back to it. I recently picked it up again and told a few more horse friends about it because of the story by Claire Davis, A Measure of Grace, about her return to jumping at the age of 51.

I'm surprised to see it still for sale.

Each essay is unique, but they all share the common element of honesty--the kind of honesty that might exist between two really good friends. So, in that way, reading this book is like sitting down with an old friend.

One reason I like to refer back to it is because, as I age, (I'm in my forties now) my experiences change. The authors encompass all ages over 40, so their stories are varied depending on where they're at in their stage of life. Right now, I'm going through the sad/happy transition of my children leaving the house. So, I'm rereading the essays, like an Apartment of Her Own, about letting go.

Though the book is a few years old now, the essays are timeless. I highly recommend it to thoughtful readers.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Hoover on August 31, 2006
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This compilation of stories is not as good as suggested. There are a few gems hidden within but for the most part, these tales mean far more to the authors than they did to this reader.
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