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The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money, and More Paperback – March 30, 2010
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“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!”
“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.”
“ . . . 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!”
FeedTheBeauty.com (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
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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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. For instance: Establish a relationship with a Primary Care Physician (if you have insurance, of course, which she doesn't mention); Don't smoke; Use sunblock; Be skinny: Exercise (read: Run, preferably marathons); Eat right; Follow a skin regimen; and, For goodness sake, don't spend more than ten minutes every day putting on make-up. (News flash: Although I do exceed the time limit on this little piece of advice, I would like to point out that Adrienne Arpel has been using this ten-minute make-up advice since 1974.)
The author likes personal shoppers, and recommends that you establish a relationship with one so that you can wear the best clothes at the best prices. She spends $2000 at Saks Fifth Avenue, (and then bows to the masses and spends $350 at Target,) to show that "anyone" can own the basics of a wardrobe for a reasonable price. Her basics consist of lots of tank tops, which I have declined to wear, except on the beach, since I graduated from law school, and knee-length pencil skirts. She also insists that we all throw out our "granny panties" and buy a certain brand of thong which she swears by. I don't know about you, but I tried that thong and it's just as uncomfortable as every other thong I've ever had on.
But her most unusual advice is her chapter on hair. She likes long hair. She insists that she doesn't, but believe me, this chapter is all about her maintaining her long naturally curly blonde hair. She no longer "scrunches it" or "blows it straight." She air-dries it. She has found a colorist who will work with the grays to "blend them in" so that she doesn't actually color her hair --- she just works with what she has. She has very definite hair rules: 1. Shampoo only once or twice a week. On the other days use only conditioner and water. 2. Use your fingers to sculpt your hair, not a brush or comb. 3. Never use a blow dryer or curling iron (of course since you have naturally curly hair, you don't need a curling iron). If you absolutely HAVE to be at the White House or the United Nations in an hour, use a diffuser or a blower dryer with no heat. 4. Every 8 to 10 weeks, get highlights to blend in that gray, and (here's the one I love) 5. Every five to eight MONTHS, get a hair cut. C'mon, Barbara -- those of us with short hair have to get a haircut every four to six weeks to maintain its shape. But it's not about us, is it?
If you are a member of the jet-setting beautiful people, you might find this book of some use, although surely even you have heard all of this before. If you are an ordinary person -- a wife, a mother, someone with a job who has to grocery shop occasionally and doesn't want to go around with sopping wet hair all the time -- pick up "Marie Claire" or "Vogue" at the beauty shop for a quick read while your roots are processing, and forget about this weirdo's wacky cartoon universe. LUCY LIVES!
The hair care chapter, for example, is just bizarre. The author has long, thick, naturally curly hair, and the chapter seems written only for women who share her hair type - definitely the minority! Thinning hair is a big issue for many of us over 50, and yet this problem is hardly addressed (she blames thinning hair mostly on the use of the evil blow dryer). And that's another thing that's odd - the advice that EVERYONE should stop using a blow dryer! While the author might have ruined her hair with 45 minutes of blow drying every day, I blow dry my fine hair for 5 minutes every day, which leaves it full, shiny and bouncy as opposed to flat and frizzy, which is how it would look with air drying. Not everyone has the same hair type, which seems obvious, but apparently not to this writer.
The author also advises that EVERYONE should run for exercise. This is just ridiculous. There are lots of other perfectly valid types of cardio exercise (should one choose to do cardio), and none of them are even mentioned. Again, just because the author likes running doesn't mean it is the right exercise for everyone over 50, and more options should have been given.
I did like the fact that specific products were recommended throughout the book, particularly in the skin care section. However, overall the book reads like a series of fluffy magazine articles, which is not what I expected.