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When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife Paperback – May 2, 2017
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"It's rare to read someone who is as honest as Jennifer Grant is. In a time that's full to overflowing with easy, posturing confessions, this is a necessary, awakening memoir."--Jon M Sweeney, coauthor of Mixed-Up Love and editor of Phyllis Tickle: Essential Spiritual Writings (03/10/2017)
"Delightful and poignant . . . a book to cherish and to share with those you love."--Dale Hanson Bourke, author of Embracing Your Second Calling (03/10/2017)
"Jennifer Grant is fiercely tender, funny, passionate about family, faithful, and hungry for justice. Read this book!"--Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms and a top ten 2016 CNN Hero (03/10/2017)
"A simply magnificent meditation on middle age . . . an obvious labor of love and joy that appears like a friend at your side and starts walking with you, doling out stories that will make you roar with laughter, bring tears to your eyes, impart practical wisdom, and make you absolutely sure that you are not alone in this."--Cathleen Falsani, journalist and author of The God Factor (03/10/2017)
"This beautiful book belongs on every woman's nightstand (probably alongside her favorite jar of wrinkle cream)."--Katherine Willis Pershey, author of Very Married (03/10/2017)
"Jennifer Grant's shimmering prose, soulful observations, wit, and insight make her an apt companion as we move through this necessary life stage of change and growth."--Michelle Van Loon, author of Moments and Days (03/10/2017)
"Jennifer Grant manages to convey the trials of midlife with both realism and hope. This memoir, unexpectedly, helped me look forward to experiencing my forties and fifties."--Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, author of Start, Love, Repeat (03/10/2017)
"The perfect companion to walk with on this road through the unexpected joy and grief of middle age."--Carla Barnhill, author of The Myth of the Perfect Mother (03/10/2017)
"Readers will find a true friend in Jennifer Grant's beautifully crafted memoir of her forties. Highly recommended!"--Keri Wyatt Kent, author of Deeply Loved and Godspace (03/10/2017)
"A brilliant memoir about the harshness and freedom of midlife. Bonus: A writer who can work Richard Rohr, Martha Stewart, and David Sedaris into one book must be read."
"Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . a must-read for anyone who seeks to savor this amazing season of life." --Caryn Rivadeneira, author of Broke (03/10/2017)
"I didn't know how much I needed this book until I read it. It gave me much-needed language for midlife's bruising and beautiful change. Grant's memoir is tender and funny in all the right places, and I can't wait to recommend it to friends!" --Jen Pollock Michel, author of Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place (03/10/2017)
About the Author
Jennifer Grant is a writer, editor, and speaker. A former health and family columnist for the Chicago Tribune, she is the author of four previous books, including the adoption memoir Love You More. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, four children, and two rescue dogs. Find her online at jennifergrant.com or on Twitter @jennifercgrant.
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If you are approaching your 40s, in the midst of your 40s, or try hard to pass for being in your 40s (that would be me!), you are going to love this book. It is funny, tender, thought-provoking and totally relatable--you need to get a copy not just for yourself but for the girlfriends who are journeying with you through this challenging but, as Grant reveals, meaningful season of life. Highly recommended!!
No matter what side of middle age you are on, this memoir will move you and inspire faith that growing older has great joys and gifts that (mostly) compensate for thin thighs and perfect eyesight. Since my eyesight was never perfect, I don't mind the glasses... but I do sometimes struggle with growing old, fear, letting go and being enough. It's such a comfort to know that, thanks to Jennifer Grant, I'm not alone.
[Disclaimer: Jennifer Grant is the editor of my book, Circles of Gold: Honoring Your Network for Business and Career Success.]