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Reading the essays in editor Mark Evan Chimsky's anthology 65 Things to Do When You Retire is like having your own brainstorming session with 65 highly knowledgeable men and women of a certain age and many different walks of life. The collection is full of candor, humor and wisdom. Some essayists inspire as they chronicle how they faced the shock and inertia of a suddenly blank calendar after their jobs ended-and then rebounded to set (and meet) such diverse post-50 goals as training for the Senior Olympics, moving to another country, returning to writing and founding a prison ministry. Others present step-by-step strategies for putting together a retirement game plan that will suit your temperament, interests and budget. --The Wall Street Journal

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Mark Evan Chimsky is Editor-in-chief for the book division of Sellers Publishing. For eight years, he ran his own editorial consulting business. Previously he was executive editor and editorial director of Harper San Francisco and headed the paperback divisions at Little, Brown and Macmillan. In addition, he was on the faculty of New York University's Center for Publishing and for three years he served as the director of the book section of NYU's Summer Publishing Institute. He has edited a number of bestselling books, including CASH by Johnny Cash with Patrick Carr, THE FIVE GOSPELS by Robert Funk and the Jesus Seminar, and POWER YOGA by Beryl Bender Birch. He developed the long-running BEST AMERICAN EROTICA series, compiled by Susie Bright, and he was the editor of the movie tie-in reissue of THE AGE OF INNOCENCE by Edith Wharton, which sold 1 million copies and was a #1 New York Times paperback bestseller. He compiled CREATING A LIFE YOU'LL LOVE and CREATING A MARRIAGE YOU'LL LOVE, both published by Sellers Publishing.'
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing Inc (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141620654X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416206545
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have watched several friends retire and be miserable. They were going to travel, play golf and sleep late--that sort of thing. One was back to work in 3 months (same job, less salary), the other is still unhappy he retired and trying to find meaning in this new stage of life. I'm not quite ready to retire but planning is important. This book gave me a lot to think about--what to do in retirement, how to find meaning, how to blend some type of working to supplement income with lots of fun!! The many different authors with different points of view was refreshing. I am buying copies for my over 55 friends. I loved this book. It even helped me decide where to live in retirement!
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If you're looking for 65 ideas of things to do in retirement, this book isn't it. It's a collection of very short essays, none of which have much substance. Further, there's no coordination between the content, so a lot of the material is repetitive. There were a few slightly useful insights, but I could have done better with a google search. Save your money.
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This book did nothing for me. The vast majority of the chapters were written by other people who have written books on how to have a good retirement. I thought it would be interesting to read about other people's journeys, but the chapters are so short and superficial they don't say much. And since in most cases the authors found their retirement bliss by writing retirement books or coaching other retirees, the whole thing feels like a big sales job for their books.

Maybe if you haven't really thought about retirement at all or read any other books on it, then it will mean something to you. But I suspect reading individual books will be more satisfying than this summary book. For example, one of the better chapters is Ernie Zelinski's, which summarizes his books The Joy of Not Working and Retire Happy, Wild and Free. I have read these books and they are excellent, so I'd skip this one and start there.
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I have gotten so much out of this book I received as a gift that I was hoping to find it in a Kindle version to be more usable at lunch or on a plane. It is designed to get you thinking of the good and exciting things that are now open to you. It certainly won't clearly tell you exactly what you need to do; rather it shares what others have found and leaves it to you to fashion YOUR plan.
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I must say, up front, that I am one of the many authors asked to participate in this book and I was very proud and happy to be asked. Especially, when I was told that the proceeds would benefit cancer research. That being said, I found the other articles in the book, by the many other authors, bloggers and inspiring people to be entertaining and interesting. I've followed the blogs of Dave Bernard, Bob Birnbaum and Bob Lowry for some time and enjoy their writing about retirement. The articles are fairly short so you can pick it up at odd moments and read one or two and then come back later for more.
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This book did not meet my expectations --
1. VERY REPETITIVE material and ideas
2. Too shallow and seemingly written in a hurry by authors more intent on selling their retirement books or services
3. A complete lack of coordination from one essay to another --- no thematic logic, just a bunch of short essays written in haste to meet the author's request or deadline

My recommendation: Do not waste your money.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is filled with ideas about how to spend one's time when retired. The articles are written by different people with different perspectives and ideas. The sections are entitled Redefining Retirement, Your Retirement Game Plan, Do Good By Giving Back, How Working in Retirement Can Work for You, A New Freedom to be Yourself, Family Matters, and Go For It. The authors of the many articles are articulate and varied and I enjoyed reading this book through and through. It gave me lots of ideas of things that I can do in my already busy schedule. I don't know how I ever had the time to work!
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As we boomers approach retirement, we need this inspiring book! We will be just a little over half our lifespan, and we need help with our last 30 years. This well-written book gives valuable guidance for that time.
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