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What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life?: True Stories of Finding Success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life Hardcover – March 4, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (March 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583333657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583333655
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce Frankel's upbeat, inspiring, timely book shows how taking a risk and fighting to find a passionate career-at any age-can reinvigorate your life. This should be required reading for anyone starting out, laid off, downsized, or just ready for reinvention."
-Susan Shapiro, author of Speed Shrinking and Only as Good as Your Word


--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bruce Frankel is a writer, reporter, and poet. At the age of fifty-three, he completed an MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College and began publishing in literary journals. He coauthored the bestseller Life: World War II – History’s Great Conflict in Pictures and has held positions at People, USA Today, and Gannett Westchester Newspapers, where he was a prizewinning columnist and investigative reporter. He lives in New York City.

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Bruce Frankel conceived of What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life? in 2006 when he was struggling to answer that question. Three years earlier, at the age of fifty-three, he had completed an MFA program in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.

He was a co-writer of the bestseller Life: World War II - History's Greatest Conflict in Pictures (2001). He has held positions at People magazine and USA Today, where he covered major breaking news, trials, politics, organized crime and terrorism. He began his career in journalism at The Reporter Dispatch, in White Plains, New York, where he was a prizewinning columnist and investigative reporter.

He earned a bachelor's degree in government from Franklin & Marshall College in 1971. He was born in Miami Beach, Florida and grew up in nearby Hollywood, where his father owned a dress store. At age 11, he moved with his family to Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, and later to Long Beach, New York, where he graduated from high school. He now lives in New York City. He is the father of three sons-- a musician, a chef, and a high school sophomore-- and the owner of two mini dachshunds and a 17-year-old cat.

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I don't feel that the author stuck to his title.
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By Bruce Frankel, is a book that chronicles the lives of people who are well past retirement age, and who are ready to begin what would be the "end" of their lives.
Poppy J.
The book will make an indelible impression on the reader, and may change how the reader views success.
V. Anderson

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Poppy J. on March 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life? By Bruce Frankel, is a book that chronicles the lives of people who are well past retirement age, and who are ready to begin what would be the "end" of their lives. It is a difficult idea to write that these people were actually at the end of anything, since they were obviously at the age where anyone would have retired, but they kept going. And found new ways to redefine themselves and who they are, and pick up where they left off looking for the answer to their life's dreams.

We all know that it is possible to pick ourselves up again after a personal loss, a bankruptcy or a tragedy. In these stories there are heart-warming moments and people who had the strength to pursue their lives at any age. There is the story of a teacher who started off as a substitute and went on to teach in schools where she was needed the most. At sixty-eight years old, she is making a difference in the lives of her students. Another story centers on an inventor who had success, then had setbacks because of a mismanagement error at a company she trusted. Eventually she prevailed, but not without some soul searching as to what she really wanted and what success would really be worth to her.

Each story tells of the men and women who overcame the odds, and their stories are an inspiration for us all. In these times of a downturned economy, anyone at any age can learn to reinvent who he or she is to find a new career or a new place in the job market. Success can be found anywhere and it is there for the taking.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn McCormack on May 12, 2010
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"What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? True Stories of Finding Success, Passion and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life," is a charming, inspiring look at the lives of 13 individuals who decided in the latter half of their lives to embrace opportunities, as author Bruce Frankel says in his introduction, "that can scarcely be imagined or foretold."
Among the memorable characters in "What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life" is Thomas Dwyer, a former government employee who took up modern dance in his fifties, Alidra Solday, who decided at age 58 (and after recovering from breast cancer) to become a documentary filmmaker, and Loretta Thayer, who was so moved by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, that she decided to fulfill a long-time dream of re-opening a local diner and establishing it once again as a gathering place for folks in her hometown.
Frankel weaves perspective, history and details in and around each of his subjects, including the traumatic events -- illness, death, divorce and more - that shaped these 13 individuals and likely contributed to their pursuit of lifelong learning and growth.
This is the book that could get you off the couch and on the path to whatever dream has eluded you. Pull out your bucket list and get to work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alice Di on October 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
On the eve of my 45th birthday (as I do on the eve of most birthdays), I am reflecting. The year. The years. The decade. Where did it go?

Bruce Frankel's "What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life?" underscores to all of us that tomorrow will be as full as all our yesterdays. With personal investment into every individual's storyline, Bruce Frankel offers an inspiring capture of thirteen remarkable people in the back part of life.

This is a 'crossroads' read. It's not solely about the latter years of life. It's about mindset. At any age, this read is relevant and uplifting. It will shake the cobwebs off a Gen-Xer as readily as it will a Baby Boomer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tomar Levine on July 19, 2010
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If you're wondering if it might be too late to achieve your goals, or are thinking of giving up on your dreams, please read Bruce Frankel's wonderful and inspiring book, What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life? In it he engagingly captures the stories of thirteen ordinary individuals whose lives took an extraordinary turn in their second half of life: setting and meeting bold new challenges, discovering dazzling gifts, or achieving life-long goals - excelling and in every case making contributions to society in their sixties, seventies, even nineties! These people defy our stereotypes and remind us of what is truly the potential not just of the human spirit, but also the human body and mind.

Take, for example, the unathletic government professional, who took up dance in his fifties, and is performing in an acclaimed dance company in his mid-seventies! Or the State employee who, laid off, got his Ph.D. in psychology at age 60, at 70 did a hospital internship and at 72 became a substance-abuse therapist with a full practice. Or the life-long writer who experienced his very first success and public acclaim in his nineties!

This book wakes us up to the fact that we need to seriously re-think our assumptions. With increasing life expectancy, and new evidence about the brain's plasticity (which Frankel touches on), not to mention the economy's nose-dive, we need to open a window in the closed room to which we have relegated our concept of aging. This is just-in-time good news for us Boomers. If we eat right and exercise, and, above all, believe in the value of our passions, it is truly never too late to bloom!
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