- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: She Writes Press (April 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938314689
- ISBN-13: 978-1938314681
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flip-Flops After 50: And Other Thoughts on Aging I Remembered to Write Down Paperback – April 8, 2014
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Reviewed By Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
I really loved reading Flip-Flops After 50. It brought me back to good and bad, happy and sad times in my life with perfect reason. Cindy Eastman has artfully made turning 50 and beyond a good thing and one I realized I was glad to have had the good fortune to be a part of. This is a must-read for every woman soon to be turning 50 and beyond. This can easily be and should be the handbook of the baby boomer generation.
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This memoiresque book of essays is an easy read that begins lightheartedly and gets more interesting as Eastman reveals details of her life. But she never quite gets below the surface. Too many chapters end with a zinger that’s a little too predictable.
Flip-Flops After 50 is well-organized, competently edited, occasionally witty and definitely thought-provoking when the author takes on subjects like aging parents, cutting one’s hair when one reaches a certain age and friends who die (in fact, these essays were among my favorites), but the book is not entirely about “thoughts on aging” as the subtitle suggests (I wasn’t a fan of the political pieces or the ones about underemployment). Some essays arenot only clever, they are only clever, as light and insubstantial as the flips-flops pictured on the cover.
I picked up Flip-Flops After 50 (if one can pick up an e-book) because it was published by She Writes Press. It’s a memoir (I love good memoirs), it’s based on Eastman’s blog (I appreciate blog-to-books), and I want to support female authors.
I feel a little bit bad that I didn’t “love” Eastman’s book, but let’s be clear here: The whole star system in the books world is off kilter. Three stars on Goodreads is “I liked it” while three stars on Amazon is only “it’s okay” (gee, didn’t Goodreads get into bed with Amazon not long ago? Would it be too much to ask them to get on the same page?).
Flip-Flops is better than okay, and I definitely liked it. I just didn’t like it a lot. Eastman has potential, but I would have given her a higher rating if she dug in her emotional well a little deeper, described a little more and created more characters like her coworker Andie and her friend Elizabeth. Maybe there’s a sequel somewhere here that gets better with age.
I got to "know" Ms. Eastman as she shared the details of some of her most personal and most profound moments; in fact, I felt like I was sitting in a comfy chair catching up with a long lost friend.
One thing I liked about this book was the essay format;it's easy to pick up, read a few pages and put down. Or rather, it should be. When Cindy starts talking, you don't want her to stop. She writes with an easy, conversational style, that is no less heartfelt because it is humorous and just a wee bit self-deprecating.
I loved meeting Cindy and I guarantee you will too.
But seriously this story is full of so many of life's moments, stories, events that I can relate to as well as a gazillion other over 50 types like me and many under 50 also. It's well written and not condescending funny if you know what I mean. Real humor is tasteful, meaningful and revealing. Cindy Eastman carries it all out and very well!