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Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty Is the New Fifty Paperback – February 21, 2012
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“Laugh-out-loud funny.” (O, The Oprah Magazine)
“Finally, there is a voice of reality to counter the claims of a youth-oriented culture and put forward the idea that successful aging isn’t about denying reality…. Jackson writes with the humor of Nora Ephron, the honesty of a fiftysomething, and the reality of medical science.” (Library Journal)
“A fiercely funny book about a most unfunny subject-aging.” (Erica Jong)
“Glib, gossipy, and genuinely gutsy, Jackson’s take on this middle-aged milestone will have any woman who is 50, approaching 50, or waving bye-bye in the rear-view mirror wondering, ‘Who is this woman and how did she get inside my head?’” (Booklist)
“The cure for fear is laughter, and this book offers a powerful antidote to all the scary aspects of aging. Jackson’s stunning candor and sparkling high spirits will have women of all ages laughing as they confront everything from menopause to wrinkles, thanks to this funny, practical and engaging book.” (Susan Cheever)
“Tracey Jackson confronts the speed bumps of life with wit, brilliant insights, and the kind of common sense that leaves you wondering, ‘Now, why didn’t I think of that?’ Between a Rock and a Hot Place is more than a good read, it’s good company.” (John Berendt)
“Between a Rock and a Hot Place is sexy, witty, energizing, smart, and full of terrific advice…. Run, do not walk, to get the book, and then call your nutritionist, your GYN, your health club, your nearest Whole Foods, your mothers and daughters, and tell them all about it.” (Judy Collins)
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Top Customer Reviews
Then Jackson describes her mother, who did just the opposite- jet-setting around the world in search of a fountain of youth and who, ultimately, signed up for an old-time face-lift.
(The author confesses she herself spent thousands of dollars on Botox injections and ultimately went under the knife to erase genetic imperfections and undo natural signs of aging.)
As someone of modest means and a budget, reading about the authors quest to find the perfect cosmetic surgeon started to grate on my nerves, because there are months I worry about paying the electric bill, and splurging the income I make being a nurse on temporary injections that could make my face less gaunt, is not going to happen anytime in my future.
But I continued to read the book. It held my interest. I read a chapter every night, and once, I even laughed out loud. (It was the chapter on Maddening Men.)
The book reads like a blog. It's the authors rants and feelings about everything from aged-dating to how it feels to be an empty-nester. I agree with most of what the author says, and in the end, admit that Tracey Jackson, while appearing to be pampered, spoiled and self-centered at times, also has a keen eye and tells a good story.Read more ›
She admits to lousy money management and being a shopaholic. She says, "I don't have a nest egg and even a nest - more like some twigs scattered about, and even those usually end up turning into handbags." Being a big advocate of botox, eye lifts and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy she epitomizes the fears of a generation unwilling to relinquish its youth.
Jackson's statement that work adds years to your life and makes life more satisfying is true for some people but not all. My husband and I are in our 60s and love being retired. Jackson said she does not want to ever retire. She'll retire when she's dead.
I did enjoy Jackson's chapter on reinventing yourself by "arranging whatever pieces come your way."
She filmed a documentary titled "Lucky Duck" about her rebellious fifteen-year-old daughter spending three weeks at a slum school in Mumbai, India and Marin County Montana. Influenced by Madeline Levine's book "The Price of Privilege" that says privileged kids seemed to be the unhappiest Jackson hoped to show her daughter how lucky she was. She does not say if it helped her daughter but admits it showed her she could do other things and that a pay check and glossy sounding job did not define her.
Although much of her book is "do what I say not as I do" she does give some good advice - take care of yourself, keep active, learn new things, give back to others and remain realistic yet optimistic.Read more ›
This is no manual for surviving fifty, yet it is thought-provoking. It's a midlife memoir that could be written only by someone with dead ovaries. Old broads like me will love it. I haven't read anything this funny in ages. Delicate flowers should steer clear, lest they be offended.
Few authors have addressed the issues that REALLY matter in such a brutally honest and effective way. Even fewer can do it with such humor! It makes it easier to swallow the stuff we simply don't want to hear - we're boomers, we're used to the world being our oyster; if we don't like something we've always been able to change it. Well, if you haven't made smart choices over the years - about money, men, health, career - at a certain point you can do a reasonable patch up job but can never really catch up - i.e. you WILL pay a price. This should be required reading for all young women!
Apart from its relevance and usefulness, the book is a great read. Jackson's funny, interesting, likable and her writing is tight, intelligent and entertaining. Some women have commented on how different her life is from the average Jane but I don't see how that matters. She writes with honesty, and humility, about matters significant to every woman. She genuinely cares about women taking charge and taking care and it shows. I've given copies to most of my girlfriends my age and all have loved it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm almost seventy and I can barely identify with the experiences she describes. Maybe you have to be far richer than me with a wildly more vivid imagination.Published 6 months ago by Whoever
Pretty good, easy to read, and gives an idea of what's to come in midddle agel.Published 11 months ago by Jamie
Have not gotten into this one yet as I am usually always on at least 6 to 8 books at a time depending on my "at moment/mood interest"
Looks like it will be fun and... Read more
This was a great book for someone who is currently in this place. I could relate to just about every issue she addressed here. The only thing missing for me were solutions. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robyn
I think I can sum up this book in one sentence: "you are going to die soon and all the good times are gone" Really a pessimistic message that is consistent throughout this book.Published on September 19, 2013 by robin
Although accurate in describing the effects of aging, I did not find this book to be funny at all. Maybe if you're looking for company for your aging misery, you might enjoy this,... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Space Queen
There was not anything here that was news to me. It was mildly entertaining, but I really only finished it so I could write a review for it. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Portianay
I have never written a review for a book before but Tracey Jackson's Between a Rock and a Hot Place compelled me to give back to an author who helped me leap over the pot holes of... Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by LA Reader