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Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women Hardcover – March 11, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0743299480 ISBN-10: 0743299485 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743299485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743299480
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This guide for retired career women or those about to make this life change starts out coolly but warms up to a friendly support-group style discussion of the psychological pitfalls associated with leaving a life of work. The authors, a psychologist and a workplace-issues expert who founded a networking organization by the title's name, illustrate their approach to retirement as renewal. The book's businesslike title is a bit misleading; chapters are short and punchy and lacking detailed how-tos on the practical points of retirement, such as exit strategies or financial planning. The book's strengths lie in its you're not alone tone, with anonymous anecdotes and quotes from the mostly married, 60-somethings in Project Renewment groups throughout Southern California. Also useful is the book's Guide to Creating a Project Renewment Group, which gives a step-by-step how-to for finding like-minded women at or about to embark on the same life stage. Skeptics may identify this self-help book as a disguise to expand the Renewment brand, but it works on its own terms. Illus. (Mar.)
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"Project Renewment is one of those books that becomes a faithful, trusted friend, the imaginary kind who's always there with wise advice and never needs to talk about herself. It's a soulful, pragmatic, delightfully entertaining guide for any woman who plans to keep growing older and intends to enjoy it come hell or high water. I'm rereading it several times in an attempt to impress it upon my subconscious mind before I misplace my copy. Not that my memory is getting patchy or anything. Of course, I'm not nearly old enough to need Project Renewment. I just happen to love it."

-- Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live

"Project Renewment is a terrific book. Its cutting-edge approach to retirement for a new generation of career women is based on sound knowledge, a depth of experience and the rich dialogues of highly effective women creating their future. It's also a great read -- fun, informative and hopeful. I was particularly drawn to the essays through the creative illustrations, timely topics and clear writing."

-- Ken Dychtwald,CEO, Age Wave,author of Age Power and The Power Years

"Here is a window on the changes facing career women when they consider retirement. Women are working longer without many models from the past about how to handle the next phase of life. A grassroots effort began in Southern California at meetings held by the authors, where talented, accomplished women discussed alternatives to their work lives and ways of pursuing objectives other than the pursuit of income. These meetings provided the evidence on which the ideas of this book are based. Reading Project Renewment is like getting a 'new set of tires' and driving off in new directions. It results from the wisdom that evolves from considering alternatives to work in the mature years. "

-- James E. Birren, professor emeritus, University of Southern California, and former dean of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center

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Customer Reviews

I like the idea of "renewing oneself".
Lois Shickman
This book is a "must read" for all women who have recently retired or who are planning retirement.
Audrey P.
I found the book was well documented and written.
Arthur Berger

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin B. Jacobson on April 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Three cheers for Bratter and Dennis! They have created an easy-to-digest, practical guide to retirement for career women. If you are a woman thinking about retirement or a human resources professional seeking to assist retirees, Project Renewment will be your best book purchase this year. It would also make an intriguing selection for a women's book club.

In short, conversational chapters, the authors talk about the important questions facing career women: Should I retire? Can I afford to retire? What can I do to ensure that I will still feel productive and worthwhile without a job and a full calendar? How can I involve myself with people so that I will not miss being with my work colleagues every day? The authors have a commonsensical approach to these and many other retirement issues, and the humorous illustrations and quotations that introduce each topic are themselves worth the book's cover price. For now, I have two copies, one to keep and one to give to a friend. But I just might throw a "renewment shower" for a colleague about to retire (whoever said that showers were only for brides and mothers-to-be?) and present her with this wonderful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Berger on April 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I had the opportunity to read Project Renewment, The First Retirement Model for Career Women. I work in the medical field specializing in mental health. With the population getting older it is important to have a book as good as Project Renewment. The book addresses an important part of life. An area left to retirement centers and many times loneliness. There are 38 essays that are pertinent and to the point. The issues are not only pertinent for women but also to men. From the beginning of the book it strikes you with essays on Retirement: Yes or No, I Won't Earn Another Dollar, and Whom Am I Without a Business Card?" I found the book was well documented and written. One of the greatest parts of the book is that it not only talks about the groups but how to create your own. The pitfalls you might encounter and how to make it successful. I recommend this book to any thinking about retirement, professional people working with people approaching retirement. This is a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marylynne S. on April 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to belive that this reviewer is of that "certain age." What a mean-sprited review. This is a fabulous book, with every essay concise and right to the point. I gather that this book is meant to be one that you could read as your leisure, one that you can read a little then put down and pick up later. Ah, if only! Once I started reading it, I had to read on and on. The chapter titles are so catchy and the illustrations hit the spot every time. I am a single woman, sort of halway retired; and I think the authors wrote every chapter about me. How could they know me so well? I loved it; and I am going to send it to everyone of my "Renewing friends."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. F. Gilbert on May 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a very helpful book - and one that is also fun to read. It addresses the many concerns and anxieties I felt as I approached retirement after a long professional career. I highly recommend it for other women facing this significant change in their lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy B. on April 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a 53-year-old woman who is not yet near retirement age, I approached "Project Renewment" with a bit of hesitation and some trepidation. As I began to read, however, I realized that the authors provided me with much more than a new word for my retirement vocabulary - I love the concept of "Renewment." Ms. Dennis and Ms. Bratter have inspired me to begin starting to build a network of women with whom I can explore the issues of aging and retirement well in advance of facing these matters head on.

What a gift! This book contains everything a group of women needs to begin their own Project Renewment group. The group does not need to be composed of best friends or even acquaintances. Just women, wanting to meet and talk to other women about the issues of aging and retirement - the topics are here, the questions are here. Select a facilitator, add a little refreshment and a place to meet - voila! A group is born. The power of women helping women is clearly demonstrated by the examples and quotes used throughout this unique, extraordinary and powerful book.

Whether you are nearing retirement age, currently working through the details of your departure package or enjoying your well-deserved retreat, "Project Renewment" has something of value for you. I encourage you to get a copy for yourself and begin a Project Renewment group in your community. Imagine the change in our lives, in businesses and in our communities as women support and nurture women through the retirement process...who knows what just might happen next. Get a copy of this book, read it, start a group and find out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry P. May on April 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Project Renewment is one of those rare books that combines real life experience with solid research. The heart of the book are 38 short essays, or vignettes, culled from 8 years of conversations with small groups of women, most recently retired from successful careers. Topics range all the way from "Who Am I Without a Business Card?" to "Less Steam in My Engine", from "Is Busy Better?" to "Buying the Plot." The writing is friendly and colloquial; a book I keep next to the bed and enjoy reading one or two essays at a time. And the illustrations by Lahni Baruck are fun, and always very much to the point.

But what really impressed me is that the personal stories are re-enforced with data from the latest research. Bratter is a psychologist and brings professional insight into the transition women make from career to later years; Dennis brings an academic and journalist's insight into the process of aging.

The final part of the book is a Guide for others to use who want to start Project Renewments in their communities. The Guide is practical and easy to follow. My hunch is that there will be "Project Renewments" starting up all over the country.

If you're looking for the latest academic treatise on women and aging, this is not for you. But if you're looking, as I am, for something that is readable, feels very personal and insightful, this is for you. I've bought the book for several of my friends.

Sherry P. May
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