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Fifty-Five Unemployed and Faking Normal Paperback – December 15, 2016
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About the Author
Elizabeth White is an author and non-profit executive with domestic and international expertise in economic development, healthy aging solutions, and gender equality. Most recently, she was the Chief Operating Officer of a midsize non-profit organization focused on development aid for Africa. She is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded and led a chain of decorative home stores in Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York. She began her career in international development at the World Bank. Ms. White earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Political Science from Oberlin College. A self-described army brat, she grew up in various countries in Europe and North Africa. She resides in Washington, DC with her daughter and grandson.
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I regret that I cannot give the book more than 3 stars.
I'd like to see more in print about survival for over-55 people with no savings, no house, no car, no family or friends (or boyfriend, etc.!) who can help, and very high skills that aren't needed by the market (such as, former academics whose specialties aren't STEM, etc.) - I kept reading, hoping some of the testimonials would talk about this - but so far, nothing.
What do people do when they really have nothing to fall back on?
Also - there's one elephant in the room that I must mention, because so far it has been avoided in the book - suicide. It is a very real option, and it should be brought up. I know that many who fall hard, far and fast have thought about it - some have planned it - others have attempted it - and more than a few have succeeded.
So: decent treatment - but incomplete and somewhat hampered...