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Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty Is Not the New Thirty Paperback – Large Print, February 15, 2011
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“Jackson covers it all . . . with humor and a firm hand. . . . The book is nothing less than what my own grandmother used to call a ‘godsend.’” (Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times)
“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)
From the Back Cover
A funny, fearless, no-holds-barred look at aging—hormone replacement therapy, online dating, eye lifts, and all
As she approached her fiftieth birthday, Tracey Jackson found herself bombarded—at the gym, at parties, in conversations with friends—by a catchphrase on everyone's lips. “Fifty is the new thirty” and the endless magazine articles, photos, and T-shirts proclaiming the new aphorism had apparently bloomed out of a collective sense of denial, masking the true fears of a generation unwilling to relinquish their youth.
With a comedy writer's training and a screenwriter's eye for detail, Jackson skewers the myth in a hilarious, bare-knuckled, and ultimately practical appraisal of what middle age really means today. Turning fifty is a wake-up call—but one that can be greeted with a plan. Between a Rock and a Hot Place navigates, with unsparing honesty and unerring wit, the confusion and uncertainty of the most significant uncharted transition in our lives.
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Level One - Reality
I have been in a mild state of denial about approaching 50. Not literally denying it by not revealing my age or by getting lots of preventative treatments, but by unconsciously buying in to the notion of 50 is the new 30. After all, I feel good, I feel young, I certainly don't feel like 49 is weeks away. Tracey's book gave me a wake up call and made a compelling argument that I needed to take some very important things more seriously: exercise (I restarted when I read chapter 1 and I am still going strong), what I eat, appropriate medical testing and vigilance. The book woke me up to the reality that I can't let this stuff go anymore.
Level Two - Humor & Great Storytelling
Laughed out loud so many times I can't count. (Blushed too.) Her absolute transparency was refreshing and heartfelt. Agree with the other reviewers who said it felt like spending time with my closest girlfriends. So entertaining. I loved learning about her fascinating life and her experiences and family history. Much different than my own, but that is what makes it so interesting. The way she tells her stories brings them to life.
Level Three - Introspection
Because Tracey is so honest in her personal story, it feels even more comforting to know someone else is going through similar things and having similar reactions. This is a different stage of life and thinking of it differently is important. The time for "I will do this when..." is over. The time is now. Appreciating friends and life is now. Making a difference is now.
After reading the book I bought several copies for friends who just happen to be having their 50th birthdays this year!
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.
It is totally realistic and funny and it tells the real truth!
People are different; Tracey talks the truth about herself! She is in the movie business; youth is a whole "culture" in that business. I think it is not helpful to criticize the book because you can't afford; nor do you want "botox"! Her experiences from her own life can be translated by any woman. An actress , a nurse, a teacher. The message is the same......the details are different.
Tracey gives very real and solid advice on what to do when things change (many things.....) as you age. My personal favorite is to "arrange what comes your way". She is doing that in her own life; and she watched her mother do a remarkable job in her own life.
"Dig for the positives and focus on them!!!" I have three daughters.......and that was the biggest lesson I tried to teach!!! "Dwell on the negatives and you will find yourself no one wants to be around. Often, not even You!" There are always positives and negatives in anyone's life. I don't mean flee from or deny the negatives; just find and focus most of all on the positives! She shows how to. Also there is the "fun factor"! I think there is a shortage of the "fun factor" and laughing at oneself. She has it; and does!
I was actually sitting in a hospital waiting room last week while my husband was undergoing a check to see if his melanoma had spread...(about as hard a place to be as I could ever imagine)...and I laughed so hard in a few passages; I made a scene!
"Getting old is not for sissies" is a pillow we should all have in our houses! Tracey provides some very very constructive advice that can apply to any woman; and I think she has done a great service by writing it.
I know a brilliant psychologist who was asked in a television interview:; " In a sentence what would be your definition of mental health and happiness?" She answered: "The ability to adapt to change successfully." I agree. The one and only constant in life as I know it is "change". Tracey shows ways to do that!
Oh , by the way; I sure wouldn't skip Chapter 3! That was one time I laughed so hard I embarrassed myself! (in the hospital waiting room!)
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loved the humor but the reality of something that is so personal.