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Fortytude: Making the Next Decades the Best Years of Your Life -- through the 40s, 50s, and Beyond Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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According to Brokaw, a therapist and daughter of the former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw, turning 40 can present women with a beautiful opportunity for powerful self-reflection and self-improvement. Making the most of this critical milestone takes a kind of strength that Brokaw calls "fortytude," and she identifies five core values—grace, connectedness, accomplishment, adventure, and spirituality—that can help women thrive as they navigate the journey from age 35 onwards. She profiles American women from different walks of life: an overweight Wisconsin nurse, resolving to live her own life more fully after her sister's suicide, undergoes gastric bypass surgery; a California ceramics artist is inspired by her daughter to accept her small breast size; a brigadier general who mentors other women through the difficulties of military life and the horrors of war. Brokaw, a single woman, decides to freeze her eggs, a decision that enabled her to stop searching frantically for a partner; and a television producer honors her late mother by raising money online for nonprofit organizations. Although Brokaw's advice is helpful and inspirational, it is also generic and familiar. (Mar.)
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About the Author
Sarah Brokaw is a licensed therapist with practices in Manhattan and Venice Beach, California, with an expertise in relational dynamics. Brokaw graduated from Duke University and earned a Masters in Social Work from New York University. Philanthropically, she has been actively involved with the organizations Women for Women International and Robin Hood in New York City, and she has served on the boards for the NYU School of Social Work Alumni Committee and the East Harlem School at Exodus House.
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The Five Core Values Sarah explores are critical to women, especially in a culture that values shallow consumerism, material wealth, and "beauty" as defined by Madison Avenue. Get this book for yourself, then give it to your Mom, your best friend, and maybe that lonely co-worker no one talks to. Thanks, Sarah, for being brave and honest and giving us shining examples of how ordinary women grow in extraordinary ways.
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