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Editorial Reviews


Dr. Mehmet Oz
“Every once in a while a book comes across your desk, and you just have to pick it up. This is one of them!”

Ann Curry (The Today Show)
“Barbara talked with nutritionists, physicians, skin and hair experts, fashion and fitness gurus, all to look at some of the best things women who are moving into their fifties can think about to make their lives better. What an opportunity!”

Marlo Thomas
“Barbara writes (in a recent article), "fear will stop you from pursuing your dreams, and could cause you to give up and give in, keeping you a prisoner in your comfort zone." I completely agree. What are you afraid of? Let's be fearless together!”
“The definitive guide to living your best life after 50. The Best of Everything After 50 proves that hitting the half-century mark is not the end of life as you know it’s the beginning of a new adventure and Barbara is definitely the guide you want on your journey.”

Aging Abundantly
“ . . . should be wrapped in brightly colored wrapping paper, tied up with a fashionable bow and handed to every woman on her fiftieth birthday (or even later!). BRAVO Barbara! No wonder you’re getting so much press!”

Feisty Side of Fifty
“When a woman hits her fifties she becomes stronger, more self-aware, and feistier than ever. She'll want the best of everything and Barbara Hannah Grufferman delivers it big time in this amazing book. It's a must read for any woman in midlife!”
“Barbara is a true change agent for us women after 50. She covers the gamut from heart health to getting rid of the ol' blow dryer.  And, she lives it herself!  Barbara has changed what it means to be your best after 50!” (The Art of Aging)
“. . . savvy, smart perspectives on aging . . . a book that offers both practical and stylish information for all of us.
“…there isn’t one page in this book that you can afford to miss.”
"Barbara Hannah Grufferman created this go-to reference…each part helps set you on the right path, and doesn’t waste time in getting to the point. That’s one of the beauties of the book: no wasted words. It’s all about practical tips for style, make-up, sex, health, finance, and myriad other topics, and as it’s written by and for women over 50, it all makes sense.”
The Best of Everything After 50, a handy tome to help fine-tune your heart, head, health, hair and more ..."

National Association of Baby Boomer Women
“Just over 300 pages, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 contains, Grufferman says, everything you need to know to be the best you can be. But just in case her manual misses one of your top questions, each chapter ends with a handy list of websites you can reference to get more information. I'd call this a ‘must read!’”
"After-50 Operating Instructions . . . a manual for getting through this decade with ease, grace, forethought and, of course, style."

About the Author

Barbara Hannah Grufferman writes a weekly column for AARP and Huffington Post, is the Chief Pundit for FOF (FabOverFifty), and blogs regularly for several other major websites. Barbara is at work on her second book, which will be published in 2013.

A recent recipient of the Generations of Strength Award from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Barbara has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America Health, CBS' The Early Show and numerous radio and internet programs, including NPR, Dr. Oz Sirius Radio on the Oprah Channel, and Sirius Doctor Radio. In 2012, Barbara became a regular contributor on the Growing Bolder television show, which is carried in over 98% of the U.S. market. She also travels around the country, speaking to groups on health, nutrition, career, fitness, sex and many other topics pertaining to being fit and fabulous after 50.

Barbara recently started Best of Everything Media, Inc., which will publish books, develop online content, and create programming ideas for network and web-based television. She's a huge believer in the power of social media and can be found talking with friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest throughout the day.

Barbara lives in New York City with her husband, two teen-aged daughters, and Gunther, a dog they rescued through the National Brittany Rescue Network.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762437405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762437405
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I wrote "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More" because I wanted to be the best I could be after 50. I've had the good fortune to become a weekly columnist for AARP, front-page contributor for Huffington Post, Chief Pundit for FOF (FabOverFifty), and advisor and on-air contributor to Growing Bolder Media.

A frequent guest on national television, including the Today Show, CBS' The Early Show, Good Morning America and Dr. Oz, I love to yak it up on radio shows around the country whenever I'm invited. Because of my focus on healthy and positive aging, the National Osteoporosis Foundation recently honored me with the Generations of Strength Award. Yay!

I'm hard at work on my second book, which will be published in 2013. Last bit of info: I live in NYC with my husband, two daughters (one of whom just started college!), and rescued dog, Gunther.

I'm fearless after fifty and ready for what's next. Join me . . .

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347 of 385 people found the following review helpful By D. Summerfield on May 20, 2010
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If nothing else, this book deserves an extra star for its smug, self-righteous, know-it-all tone because it is so obvious that the author is not aware that she is being in any way overbearing. Just like Charles Schultz's iconic Lucy, this author knows absolutely what is best for everybody else, and is even willing to set up a cardboard stand to dispense "Psychiatric Advice for 5 cents" in order to make life for the lesser human beings just a little better. Oh, and just so you don't read any further if you happen to be of the male persuasion -- despite the title, this book is for women.

A former magazine publisher, the author, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, awoke one morning to find that she was ("Oh dear, when did that happen?") reaching the mid-century mark. So she decided to call in favors from all the beautiful and intelligent people she has met during her career, and she has produced this cursory handbook to hitting fifty. Of course, the book works best if, as the author makes EXTREMELY CLEAR ABOUT HERSELF, you are rich, skinny, had your children late in life, are in a wonderful marriage, healthy, think running is the ONLY way to exercise, live in or near a city with large full-service department stores, and (I'm not making this up) have naturally curly hair.

For the most part, the book, which is set in large double-spaced type, and has no drawings or photos, reads like a series of magazine articles which you have already perused a dozen times over the last twenty years.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sedensky TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2010
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Even though this is a book written for 50+-year old women and I am a man on the short side of 50, I thought I could get something out of this book. And in a fashion, I did. The book is well-written, cheerful, to the point, well-organized and very easy to read. It keeps a positive attitude and helps build one. I was able to go through most of it in a very short period of time without it dragging me down or feeling oppressive, or anything like that. (I could skip the obvious "meant for the ladies" portions, too.) It was certainly not the worst book I've ever read. But let's be honest, if you are between the ages of 45-55 and you find more than 10% of the book's content informative, or useful, or something you were completely unaware of, let me say, then in that case, you probably deserve to be worrying about turning 50. Because let's face it, if you aren't already watching what you eat, exercising, not taking drugs, trying to be positive, taking good care of yourself, and talking to a medical professional when things go physically wrong, this book is not going to help you and you're probably going to die before your time anyway. If you are 50-ish and have common sense and a high school education, this book should be second nature to you already. If you're 50-ish and you just left the seventeenth century, however, this book may be your last chance.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Fabulous at 50 on January 29, 2011
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I was excited at first when I saw the title of the book and read a brief synopsis about it but was soon disappointed. The content tends to recycle things that those of us at 50 have known for years. I was expecting to read some new and interesting tidbits about life after 50 when it comes to exercise, body changes, clothing choices, makeup, and hair. If I had to do it over again, would I purchase the book? No.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 8, 2010
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"The Best of Everything After 50" is a breezy read, even in the nitty-gritty chapters that deal with health issues, and money. Barbara Hannah Gufferman, with the help of many experts like fashion designer and entrepreneur Diane von Furstenberg, keeps you entertained while informing, and the book's layout, with its easy-on-the-eyes font size and use of bold print and inserts for the important things you want as a reference, adds to the accessibility of the information.

Favorite chapters include "You = What You Eat," with advice from Dr. Laura J. Lefkowitz and Dr. Stuart Fischer, "Face the Facts" on makeup, with beauty expert Laura Geller, and the delightful Carmindy from "What Not to Wear " fame, and is an area that can be a dangerous with women as they get older (no, adding more makeup doesn't do it!), and another potential minefield, fashion, with the sage advice of Ms. von Furstenberg. Great tips on hair too, which I have been using with great success, and which even though meant for long curly hair, works on my super short "do."

This is a book you can read through cover to cover, or use as needed, and refer to again and again. As we get older, the sharper and wiser we have to be, and Gufferman's book, which is not a list of "do's and don'ts," but rather "...guidelines, not rules," is a good one to have and learn from.
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64 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Sharon J. Slesinski on April 4, 2010
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So I'm channel surfing one morning, and I stop on the Today Show when I notice two beautiful and vibrant women, one of which was Barbara Hannah Grufferman. I've never seen her before, but I was so taken by her enthusiastic desire to share her obvious knowledge on aging healthily and beautifully, that I was prompted to pause the show right then and there and order two copies of her book on Amazon, one for me and one for a gal pal. I received them yesterday, and found myself savoring, albeit very quickly, every page I read which was filled with sensible and concise information. I find myself on page 141, and just noticed that I now have several pages which are highlighted and dog-eared. Clearly, it is not necessary for me to finish this book to leave a review. I fell in love immediately with her book from a practical standpoint, since it is "highlighter" friendly due to the gauge of paper! I am also loving how she has listed her recommended products by their manufacturer names for vitamins, and for her choices for recommended food products too! That is extremely helpful to me, since, while in past resources I've read I've received general information about which types of foods are recommended, I have never seen an actual list of foods by their makers which were tested by the author as well as other professionals, and from several price points too! And I cannot tell you how impressed I am with her recommendations for how to exercise after 50 (I have actually been a gym bunny myself and have cross-trained since I was 39) so I know that her plan is actually doable for every woman over 50, beginner or otherwise. Further, she recommends a breakdown for each day of the week!Read more ›
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