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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Midlife Crisis at 30
  • Lia Macko
  • English
  • 19 February 2014
  • 9780452286061

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Midlife Crisis at 30I am one of those people that is freaking out about turning 30 Yes I know age is a number but stillI'm freaked out After reading this book I feel less alone in my fear and understand where it comes from just a little The first half of the book explains the two authors female journalists hypothesis on why women around the age of 27 30 start having what basically euals a mid life crisis Their theory rests on the fact that as women with parents from the hippy generation we were told growing up that we could HAVE IT ALL BE ALL and KNOW ALL Although this push for us Generation xy ladies to be ALL is well intentioned; the authors argue that it has lead many women to feel like they aren’t good enough if they can’t do everything or have it all figured out This sense that we have failed as women if we don’t have a good job man or kids by the time we’re 30 centers around the fact that we grew up being told that we CAN have all that we want and So when we turn 30 and realize we don’t have ALL we freak out and think something is wrong with us The book then argues that the real reason we don’t have it all is because of the very real and still present sexism we experience in the workplace and our culture If you thought sexism was deadyou’re not paying attention I thought the theory was strong in many aspects and I found myself nodding in agreement on several occasions The only real let down about the book is the second half where stories of triumph are shared by women over 35 in the hopes of cheering us up Almost all the women’s stories they share come from famous women or VERY rich women It was hard to relate to their stories and struggles They definitely needed variety in the mix I doubt most 30 year old women have multi million dollar jobs or ever will I suggest skipping around through the last half of the book and only reading the stories that jump out at you This might make a good gift for your girlfriend when she turns 30 At the age of 30 • Financial strategist and bestselling author Suze Orman was a waitress • Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was a stay at home mom • Political strategist Mary Matalin was a first year law student—and about to drop out • CNN anchor Paula Zahn was unemployed Midlife Crisis at 30 offers hope for many of today’s twenty and thirty somethings struggling with the unreasonable expectations that society and the media have placed on them As a result of these powerful influences many women blame themselves for not overcoming the very real obstacles to their fulfillment that still exist in American society Raised to believe they could “have it all” in every part of their lives at a young age these young women are exhausted confused and desperate to find the middle ground where they can enjoy full well rounded lives before it is too late Through the candid and revealing stories of the “New Girls Club” a group of successful women such as Geraldine Ferraro Judy Blume Susan Sarandon and Denise Austin who have solved the worklifelove puzzle Midlife Crisis at 30 presents pragmatic strategies and realistic suggestions for young women everywhere This was interesting if a bit trite There wasn't a whole lot of analysis just a compilation of anecdotes The best part was finding out about just how UNsuccessful many now successful women were at the age of 30gives a girl hope ya know? 4 stars 3 for the first part and 5 for the second partThis was a really good book Empowering and well researched The first half was a bit dragging as I felt it told the same story over and over again but the message was clear Whereas the generation before us blamed failure on the system we women in today's world blame it on ourselves Even though the book was written 15 years ago it is still true today Reading other people's stories is very uplifting and encouraging Wish I knew what these people are doing today This is a great read The book was written 10 years ago but it couldn't be applicable to 30 year old women today We we're all brought up to believe that we can do anything yet somehow we've taken that opportunity and transformed into a personal goal of I have to do everything This book brings so much great perspective from women who've lived a little longer than us and have some great life stories to share I can't recommend it enough I read this when I was having a meltdown while working at a crazy company and had just turned 30 ery female in her 30s should read this if they are operating in corporate america A collection of anecdotes and chats an exchange of the authors’ and various women’s experiences Interesting to read the different views experiences and lifestyles and seeing how drastically our “life plans” have changed Other than that wouldn’t put it on my “must read” list I was intrigued by the premise of this book and it does put forth some good ideas but overall I was disappointed and thought it could have been substantive Really the book the part written by the authors only takes up the first half The basic idea is that we've become too individualized and lost sight of the effectiveness of collective action and the importance of interdependence Great Yes Good But the second half of the book is made up entirely of oral histories Some of them are impressive and inspirational but they don't propose action towards increasing interdependence and promoting all women instead of just oneself They merely tell stories of independent women who have become individually successful I was especially disappointed by the placement of the final story With no disrespect to the woman who lost her husband in 911 the fact that the authors chose to conclude their book with a paragraph containing this sentence We can all get back at the terrorists by living our lives fully without taking anything for granted shifts the blame for the state of our own perennially sexist unsustainable society somewhere it does not belong The modern Feminine Mystiue this book is a must read for any woman in her late twentiesearly thirties struggling with the concept of having it all what does that look like? Can it really be achieved and do I really want it? How does a partnerchildrena career and which career fit into having it all? While the authors do not claim to have answers to these uestions as such would be uniue to each reader the first half of the book is dedicated to exploring the problems and the second half is filled with advice from women we should all admire Macko and Rubin both television news producers elouently capture the bewildering stresses and strains that middleclass American women aged 25 to 37 face in managing the often mutually exclusive arenas of career kids husband and body The authors maintain that women must move beyond the cultural expectations associated with contemporary “success” and achieve their own personal balance In an intense sometimes edgy tone they focus on whether women can realistically “have it all” all at once Mentoring is provided via the personal stories of notable women; stories like Judy Blume’s cogent discussion of balance will have wide appeal but others are rather unrealistic as when Mary Matalin talks about her nanny Read in conjunction with Sherene Schostak and Stefanie Iris Weiss’s Surviving Saturn's Return Overcoming the Most Tumultuous Time of Your Life this book provides much food for thought The only drawback it’s unnecessarily long Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes Books for Dudes the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal Copyright Library Journal