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Smart Women Don't Retire -- They Break Free: From Working Full-Time to Living Full-Time Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 13, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Springboard Press (June 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446580910
  • ASIN: B002SB8R0O
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rentsch, a founding member of the Transition Network (a national community of women over 50 considering retirement), has extensively interviewed women approaching retirement, finding that they do so differently than men; their planning often leads to reflection and reassessment of who they are and what they want to do. Baby boomer women gained unprecedented recognition in their careers, with greater choices than earlier generations of women, and they will reshape the concept of retirement. Women may continue to work or find other ways to stay sharp and involved, intellectually and emotionally at the top of their game. Although our culture worships youth, the author views boomers’ large numbers as a source of power, and each individual will choose to be “an old fussbudget or youthful and vibrant.” Rentsch acknowledges that health plays an important role in retirement years, as do economic limitations and family demands. Nevertheless, retirement choices are available for many women, and this thoughtful, well-researched book will inspire a broad range of library patrons. --Mary Whaley

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Whereas parents before aspired to the ideal of completely escaping the work world for a warmer climate, baby boomers are developing new models for their "golden years." Public relations professional Rentsch is a founding member of the Transition Network, a national organization for women focused on retirement transition issues. Drawing on research and interviews, she explores a range of topics, from preparing for and deciding when to retire to overcoming self-defeating stereotypes about aging women and uplifting ideas about a meaningful retirement. Each chapter presents frank discussions, inventories and checklists, and case studies of real women's lives. Interpersonal topics like coordinating retirement with a spouse and cultivating friendships as one ages are also covered... This insightful book reinforces the idea that retirement can be transformative and even "cool."

---Library Journal

"All women 50+ should read this book...regardless of where they are on their retirement journey!"

--Jeri Sedlar, Co-author, Don't Retire, REWIRE! and Senior Advisor to the Conference Board on the Mature Workforce



"Boomers are continuing to pioneer each stage of life----in the next decade a huge number of women will be making a work-related transition from a life time career to whatever comes next. They will need sage advice and the community of like minded women to ensure that their transition is a positive one. This book from The Transition Network provides a valuable orientation to this process; it is rich in practical advice and inspiring stemming from the stories of women who have just recently journeyed through and navigated this complex stage of their lives..."

--Jennie Chin Hansen,President-Elect, AARP

"The Transition Network (TTN)...is the only organization I know that zeroes in on the needs of successful women as they enter a new and productive transition in their lives...Now they have developed an invaluable handbook that spells out the challenges along the way, along with solid advice about how to meet them."

--Suzanne Braun Levine, first editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine and author of Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women is Second Adulthood

"Women are investing in their health by being part of the Transition Network-making the connections to explore retirement, finding new friends, and engaging in social and volunteer activities. This book will spread that message to women across the country."

--Dr. Eileen Hoffman, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine NYU School of Medicine, Specialist in women's health, pioneer in the field of gender-based medicine

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Remembering attitude is everything!
Nancy Avolese
I'm going to recommend this book to my family and friends as a great support group substitute and planning tool.
Lectrice
For those who find the idea rather frightening, this is a great place to start relishing one's golden years!
Viviane Crystal

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Viviane Crystal VINE VOICE on June 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Competent, skilled, experienced, a woman about to retire is on the brink of a world of possibilities! But there's a transition that a smart woman allows herself, a time to reflect on what has been and what is to come in the future that has valuable meaning. There are stages to this transition that involve some letting go and some planning, a process better done with precious care rather than by the driven schedule and plans most women pack into their working years. Smart Women Don't Retire - They Break Free is the perfect book to accompany a retiring woman on that journey!

Filled with advice and narrative examples of women who've "been there," this book provides a long and wide plan to bridge that gap between work and retirement. First and foremost, it includes some practical advice on where one's financial condition fits into the overall scheme of things; in that sense this is a book that could be wisely considered by many woman not even that close to retirement, a chance to plan early and avoid unforeseen stress later. For those who haven't given it much thought, at whatever age, it gives some basic suggestions to preparing financially, which in turn allows one to decide whether one must continue to work part-time or can know the bills will be paid without having to work.

The "breaking free" portion of the book consists of analyzing what one has loved, hated or somewhere in-between felt about the work, people, attitudes, expertise, relationships, and so much more taken for granted during the working years of an average woman's life. It's a chance to shed off the slough and put on what works best, perhaps even adding some phases and aspects that one never had a chance to try. Will you work for yourself? for others? both? Remember - anything's possible now!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lectrice on October 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I believe in setting the stage. At age 48, I'm just starting to think about the last decades of my career and what things I'll want to do as I slow down and eventually retire. This book, pitched at women, addresses so many of the questions (and fears) I have about these big transitions after so many years of work. I especially like the sidebar boxes such as "What Is Your Dream," "Managing Your Transition," and "Finding the Right Fit as a Volunteer," which go down lists of the very questions and concerns I have and give good advice and info. There's even a chapter about "How Can I Stay Connected with Friends and Make New Ones?" which I think is a concern of every woman, no matter whether nearing retirement or not. The back of the book has a 10-page resource list with dozens of career, lifestyle, finance and networking websites and their descriptions, followed by an extensive bibliography if you want to do more reading on entrepreneurship, phased retirement, midlife, and careers. I'm going to recommend this book to my family and friends as a great support group substitute and planning tool.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Mullin on April 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have read several books in the last year about life after fifty and without a doubt this is the most thorough, well written, inspiring and thought provoking one I have read. It has opened the door to the many life enhancing experiences and discussions I am now having in workshops with other women. No woman over 50 fifty should be without it as a wonderful reference for this time in our lives. Just great.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on September 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is maybe only relevant for the small percentage of women in upper management positions who have been married to their job and don't have a life or a clue outside of work. If you do not fall into this category, don't bother reading the book. In the first chapter the author says of the people she interviewed "we were consistently struck by the perceptive insights these educated and accomplished (and some would say privileged) women contributed about the second half of their adult lives." And, "the kind of reinvention we consider requires a degree of freedom, access to options, and the ability to make choices." Hmmmm. What about all those women who are not educated, accomplished, privileged and have fewer options? Should their retirement be less? How arrogant! I also disliked the generalizations she makes in her boxed "advise". For example, in "Influences that have Shaped Our Thinking" she says "We are the largest segment of the population in most countries in the developed world and are used to having an impact because of our numbers" Really? Japan for example is a developed country and working women are treated like minions and have very little impact on how things are run. I think the author needs to be honest with the public and re-title her book. "Retirement for the Privileged and Arrogant."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Avolese on March 24, 2012
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The title of this book compliments the contents and provides you with the ability to exhale when your job is eliminated at 52 years old!

It reminds you that life is not always about working full-time. There are so many other things that bring pleasure and security. I bought this book along with "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" and reading both of them brought me a whole new perspective. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to retire early and not worry about the 9 to 5 druggery or the daily humilations we all feel in the workplace. Come to think about it the work place in America is one of the most overrated institutions we have. Breaking free (even if you were set free) is worth every second!

I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking of retirement. Remembering attitude is everything!
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