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What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation Paperback – February 17, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
I appreciate how Debbianne culls the gems of wisdom from each approach she explores, while keeping her eyes wide open to the risks of guru-worshipping or cultish behavior. She is in control of her journey and decides what to take and what to leave behind.
She weaves all of the take-aways into a lovely tapesty of self-empowerment and joy. She articulates this life philosophy beautifully in the last chapter. I especially loved that last chapter--words to live by, for sure!
Debbianne DeRose shares with us one of the most entertaining memoirs of the year - her wacky but wise travels/travails of wandering through the soup of advice currently the psychology du jour trend of today. Name an avenue of seeking advice or assistance with the problems that accompany the threats of sagging skin, improbable tummy rolls, and trying to appear and think and get the responses of a 20-30 year old in the marketplace and the relationship arena and Debbianne has been there, tried that, and her experiences she shares are so hilariously funny the she is able to restore a sense of perspective where perspective has melted down with the challenged ego. If it falls into the fields of Metaphysics or Self Help, Debbianne opens the curtain hiding the Great Oz and all we can do (along with laughing out loud -oh, excuse me, 'lol') is applaud.
It has to do with change - whether that means hair color, residence, alteration of integument, or the search for the elusive `truth'. An example of her writing style follows: `I had not been treating the men in my life as equals, and I was entering each relationship trying to change them. Basically, I was looking at them as if they were projects. It's not hard to see how this would be problematic....Read more ›
Okay, I'll say a few more words. This book might invite comparisons to "Eat, Pray, Love", but it is a different kettle of wild-caught sockeye. For one, it is funny. For another, DeRose actually explores many more modalities and paths than Gilbert did, and reports back to us in a way that manages to be both healthily skeptical and generously open-minded at the same time. All in all, she gives us a stellar example of how to do the thing we call "mid-life crisis" (the overlapping questionings of meaning and personal direction that often arise beginning in our late 30's and particularly in the early to mid 40's) with intelligence, humor, and self-compassion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed reading this book. Great writing style and interesting story.Published 19 months ago by BookLover
It's always a treat to encounter an authentic voice...and it's a plus when that voice is mordant, irreverent and yet still open and receptive to new ideas. Ms. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alyosha Karamazov
I enjoyed Debbianne's book on many levels - particularly those of honesty, clarity and language. Her ability to honestly assess the variety of modalities and experiences she... Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by V Ram
If you've ever wondered about remote viewing, psychics, finding love thru fortune telling or anything in the mystical realm, chances are Debbianne has done it! Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by jetstorm
I received this book as an ARC from the author. I wish I had the time to write more about this wonderful book, but the holidays are crazy! Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Teresa E Baldwin
Let me start out by saying that this book is absolutely fantastic. It's funny, full of information, and the authors' wit and personality permeate this entire book and will make you... Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Melissa's Midnight Musings
A rollicking romp through the land of "Woo" in the company of an amiable narrator with the sharp eye of a scientist, the practicality of a re-builder of eccentric homes and... Read morePublished on November 19, 2012 by Alchemist
This book made me laugh the whole way through. Clearly and snappily written, filled with fun and interesting anecdotes, a clever and ironic look at the new age world!Published on October 18, 2012 by Jody
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all of Debbianne's adventures. Every experience - a lesson learned. Debbianne's honesty and humor are delightfully refreshing. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Chickpea