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The Hourglass Solution: A Boomer's Guide to the Rest of Your Life Hardcover – March 10, 2009
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About the Author
Paula Forman, Ph.D., became an adjunct sociology professor after her 25-year advertising career.
They both live in the New York City area.
Actor Gary Collins's natural optimism and gee-whiz phrasing work well for some segments of this guide to aging. But his tone becomes narrow and predictable as the audio unfolds. Though his voice is enjoyable, he doesn't convey the ebb and flow of the audio's deeper themes. Maybe it's because the authors, even when they're trying to look on the bright side, dwell on the darker aspects of growing older--a message that clashes with Collins's upbeat energy. They say that mid- and late-life choices are narrowed by early-life decisions but can open up with directed effort. The audio's flow is also cluttered by comments that are attributed to the authors individually. The structural device of alternating speakers in the text doesn't work well with the audio's solo narrator. T.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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desire and expect from you at the price of your own needs.
reinforced my beliefs that travel out of country is one of the most fulfilling ways to enrich your life.
shared very instructive as I plan ahead.
I would recommend this book to anyone entering the years 50, or already well into their 50's, 60's.
I believe this book can be even more of a help to younger generations. Much wisdom could be gleamed from what some "Boomers" did, or did not do, to help their own situations now in these economical times. This is a smart and practical guide - even if reading it for some "Boomers" may become a painful refection of some of their own bad choices they have already made - and the realization that there are continually less good choices that they can still make that will impact them in the future.
The book is written well, and keeps the reader engaged. I liked the format with the "conversations" between the authors. I think that enhances the presentation of the facts and ideas. I found this book reminding me of a long ago written book called "Passages" in a positive and supportive way. I think this would be a thoughtful gift for anyone with "Boomer" parents, or friends, or for themselves. There is something of value here for all readers even much younger ones.
While this may sound too heavy and academic, the book is neither. The authors have succeeded in presenting their theory and back-up information in a very accessible and entertaining manner. It is an easy and enjoyable read. Their plentiful use of real life examples makes the issues come to life and allows the reader to personally identify with others in similar transitions.
This book is a good place to start for those boomers stuck in transition due to a workplace boot to the gut, a divorce or just a lingering unhappiness. Hearing of others in similar situations and how they worked through the hourglass can provide the motivation to start the process.
My only criticism is that while the book provides a starting point, it is lacking in providing concrete exercises or a methodology for getting unstuck. For some this book alone may do the trick, for others they will need additional written or face-to-face help working through the hourglass.
But I also have to declare that my friendship has not swayed my view of this book, which is that it's a highly readable, well researched, acutely insightful piece of writing that nails the situation that many of us have found ourselves in: a series of well-intentioned and strategically sound life decisions have delivered us to a point where we're 'stuck'.
We're not unhappy, but we're not happy either. We're proud of our jobs or our families, or our relationships, but if we're honest, they're not as satisfying as we imagined they would be when we made those decisions.
This book gives us the courage to make the break and get unstuck. To make radical change and liberate ourselves from life-tracks that have rendered ourselves choice-less and made us a little less vital.
I refer to it almost daily in conversations with friends and colleagues who are in this trap: smart, aware, 45+ men and women who have a faint aura of disappointment about them. You should read it.