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need books with 50-something women main characters

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Initial post: Mar 3, 2010 8:35:05 AM PST
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Annie B says:
Hi, all,

I am looking for books with women in their 50s-60s as main characters and deal with contemporary issues. Any recommendations appreciated! However, no self-promotion is welcome. Amazon now has a Meet the Authors thread for that and doesn't allow self-promotion on other threads. Be warned, violators of Amazon's rules will be reported and posts will be deleted.



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Posted on Mar 4, 2010 7:33:27 AM PST
Annie B, what are you doing over here in this lonely forum???? You know I'm going to say Anne George and I know you've read her. I was even going to recommend my Sage from the title but then I saw "contemporary" and well...medieval castles aren't all *that* contemporary...

Shoot. I think we've read all the books with the great oldies in them!!!



Posted on Mar 4, 2010 8:09:44 AM PST
Annie B says:
Hey, Maria!

I should've known you'd find me over here. I'm just in a bit of a reading slump and thought I'd see if I could get some non-mystery suggestions. I really loved ACTIVE SENIOR LIVING and liked the Melody Carlson Kindle freebie, though the book was far from great. It WAS different. Thought I'd see if I could get some new recos.

You're probably right, though, about having read them all. Still, can't blame a girl for trying!

And I am going to look at your Sage novel. Don't want to narrow down too much. : )

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 8:47:12 AM PST
Annie B. -

I adore Anne River Siddons books, she has a fantastic way of drawing you into her characters and enveloping you in the book. You will NOT want to put them down until you are through. And after I finish one, I always feel that little bit of sadness that is over!

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 9:17:11 AM PST
Annie B says:
Moo Moo Sweet Baby--Thanks so much for the recommendation! I've read some of Anne River Siddons books, but none in the last few years. I'm so glad you reminded me of her! I'll have to check for some of her recent books.

Thanks again!

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 12:17:20 PM PST
I'd recommend The Help by Stockett and anything by Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteredge, Abide with Me). Or try Haven Kimmell's books like Something Rising or her nonfiction She Got Up OFf the Couch.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 3:59:56 PM PST
Well, I guess maybe there ARE some books we haven't read in this category!!! :>) Hope Little Bit is feeling better. I saw on the other forum that he had been under the weather a bit, I think. Hopefully that's all worked itself out!


Posted on Mar 4, 2010 5:18:30 PM PST
Annie B says:
Hey, Maria--Yes, Little Bit is still sick. He's had a hard week. Hence, I've had a hard week. lol The good news there ARE some books left to be read in this category. I'm definitely going to read OLIVE KITTEREDGE.

Kelly B King--Thanks so much for your suggestions. I appreciate them. Obviously, I haven't read OLIVE KITTERIDGE. I'm also going to check inot Haven Kimmell.

Thanks, everybody!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2010 6:43:22 PM PST
Her newest book Off Season is fabulous - the time period would fit well for you. Enjoy!!!

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 3:27:55 AM PST
E. Mont says:
If you want something fun, try Elizabeth Berg's The Last Time I Saw You, about a group of fifty-somethings going to their 40th high school reunion. It's not out yet (April 6th is the release date), but I've loved everything she's written, and I'm sure this will be no exception. Her writing is beautiful, and her characters are always real.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 12:47:15 PM PST
3 which come immediately to mind: Unless - Carol Shields, Ordinary Love and Good Will - Jane Smiley, The Great Man - Kate Christensen

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2010 2:06:59 PM PST
I too love everything Elizabeth Berg has written. I didn't know she had a new one coming out...I can't wait! I'd also recommend The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller. It was a great story about a young woman and her neighbor, an older woman, and how they viewed their marriages. I also loved Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler. The main character is 40, so not really a senior, but it was a very good mid-life type book of one woman who had just had it with her demanding family and decided to take time for herself.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 5:03:14 PM PST
Annie B says:
Hey, everybody!

Thanks so much for your suggestions so far! I am thrilled! There are several you have mentioned that I will definitely be checking out. I have read everything by Elizabeth Berg so far and am happy to know she has one coming out soon.

Again, thanks to all of you.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 9:36:57 AM PST
ebooklover says:
Hi Annie :)

My beach read, ESCAPING CELIA, features several grown-up female characters - $.99 for a limited time in the Kindle Store...

Escaping Celia

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2010 11:17:46 AM PST
L Miller says:
Write it yourself! All us 50-60 something women readers await!

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Posted on Mar 16, 2010 5:13:56 PM PDT
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Annie B says:
Thanks to all for your suggestions. They sound really good. I've already downloaded samples! I really appreciate the recommendations!

Susan McBride--I'm already familiar with some of your books and will definitely look forward to the COUGAR CLUB.

Rod--Your book sounds very different and interesting. Great reviews. Thanks for chiming in.

Bettye--Thanks for the reco for your book as well. I'm definitely going to be taking a look at it.

Best to everyone!

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Posted on Mar 22, 2010 7:17:57 AM PDT
OC says:
The Murderous Urges Of Ordinary Women by Lois Meltzer

is a wonderful book

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 7:41:51 AM PDT
Nuala O'Faolin wrote two incredible memoirs -"Are You Somebody" and "Almost There." She also wrote the novel "My Dream of You." All are written from the perspective of a 50+ year old woman. They were incredibly popular several years back and deserve to be "rediscovered" by a new generation of 50+ women. Eileen

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Mary says:
Absolutely loved this book! = THE COUGAR CLUB. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to read about women in their 40s-50s!

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 1:45:18 PM PDT
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