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Mid-Life: Notes from the Halfway Mark Hardcover – April 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Perseus Books (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020140849X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201408492
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Freelance writer Kaye ends this essay about growing older on an upbeat note, stating that "there is no sadness in thinking that once I was young and now I am not." However, most of these ruminations on a depression that overtook the author when she was 35 are permeated by sorrow at the prospect of growing older and dying. In fairly rapid succession, she experienced an abortion, the failure of a love affair and subsequently a marriage that ended in divorce. Only after the death of her grandmother did Kaye reconcile herself to her fading youth. Although her account is peppered with snide remarks about women who try plastic surgery in an attempt to stop time and men who desperately hold on to their youth by marrying younger women, she offers no insights into coping with aging beyond her strictly personal perspective.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In her first book, Esquire contributing editor Kaye uses a very readable style to discuss her thoughts about life as an aging baby boomer. She reflects on various experiences of the past 15 years-marriage, divorce, the deaths of relatives and other loved ones-and explores her feelings about remaining childless. Most of all, she chronicles her realization that even she will grow older and that fundamental changes will take place in her life as that occurs. After suffering some depression and illness, she has come through her midlife crisis with a better understanding of herself and the world around her, which she shares with us here. Kaye's informal style is enjoyable and compelling. For popular collections.
Gwen Gregory, New Mexico State Univ. Lib., Las Cruces
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By imaloserdude on April 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
How does it feel to be in your forties? Mid-life, the time when the "crisis" hits you. Youth is gone. What lies ahead? If you read this book by Elizabeth Kaye, you just might find a lot of connections to the things you're experiencing now. Go ahead. What have you got to lose?

What will you find in this little hardback book? You'll find 183 pages of narrative and wisdom, neatly woven together. The author recalls the times in her mid-life in which pain or frustration came her way, times when she learned something about herself. This is the time when parents and grandparents pass on, leaving behind memories and the opportunity to ask "Is my grandfather in there?" This is the time when you realize that you are not the prettiest girl in the room. This is the time when you first make that backwards glance and notice the changes. This is the time when you realize that days poke by slowly, yet years fly by ever so fast.

This book is easy to read, flowing from one scene to another, as the author takes us on a ride through the middle of her life as she began to realize that things happen, and that they lead to other things, and that none of these things can be undone.
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