The best-selling author of Bringing Up Bebe investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face.When Pamela Druckerman turns 40, waiters start calling her "Madame," and she detects a disturbing new message in mens' gazes: I would sleep with her, but only if doing so required no effort whatsoever.Yet forty isn't even technically middle-aged anymore. And after a lifetime of being clueless, Druckerman can finally grasp the subtext of conversations, maintain (somewhat) healthy relationships and spot narcissists before they ruin her life.What are the modern forties, and what do we know once we reach them? What makes someone a "grown-up" anyway? And why didn't anyone warn us that we'd get cellulite on our arms? Part frank memoir, part hilarious investigation of daily life, There Are No Grown-Ups diagnoses the in-between decade when...- Everyone you meet looks a little bit familiar. - You're matter-of-fact about chin hair. - You can no longer wear anything ironically.- There's at least one sport your doctor forbids you to play. - You become impatient while scrolling down to your year of birth. - Your parents have stopped trying to change you.- You don't want to be with the cool people anymore; you want to be with your people. - You realize that everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently. - You know that it's ok if you don't like jazz.Internationally best-selling author and New York Times contributor Pamela Druckerman leads us on a quest for wisdom, self-knowledge and the right pair of pants. A witty dispatch from the front lines of the forties, There Are No Grown-ups is a (midlife) coming-of-age story, and a book for anyone trying to find their place in the world....
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There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story Reviews
This book is written by an American expatriate who lives in France. It essentially compares and contrasts how life lessons experienced by adults in their 40s / midlife differs between Americans and the French. Although it is partially a biography, which livens it up a bit, I found it rather dry.
I won this book at a Goodreads giveaway. I'm in my 20s but I really enjoyed this book. I loved the writing. The humorous portions actually made me laugh out loud. Other portions were really heartfelt. I recommend it. It is an easy and interesting read. I can already think of a few girlfriends who would love to read this next.
First, this was not what I thought the book was going to be. It’s a nonfiction, memoir type book. I was expecting a contemporary fiction.
Second, I felt very disconnected from the book. I’m just starting my 40s and I am already past almost all the stages covered in this book. Now, on my 30s I probably would have related way more.
Finally, it just wasn’t all that. It reads quickly, but it’s hard to find reasons to pick the book up. If it wasn’t a book club book that I had picked out, I’d pro ...more
I enjoyed this book, as I did Bringing up Bebe. Pamela has an excellent sense of humor and it shines through in this book. Although I'm probably 15 years older than she, it was still quite interesting to read her thoughts and research.
I picked up this book because I read an excerpt published in the New York Times and was totally hooked. I resonate with the idea of looking around and expecting what I call "certifiable adults" to enter a room, only to realize that my peers and I are the adults. Druckerman's book focuses more on being in your 40s, but I, as a 30-something, still found her thoughts and anecdotes relatable. That said, I don't think Pamela and I are meant to be future BFFs who are going to go do dinner while our hu ...more
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As a woman in my early forties it resonated.
It’s possible that I’m the wrong demographic... I loved her book on French parenting, not only because it was insightful, fascinating, and smart, but because it was funny, and captivating. I loved her personal memoir bits mixed into the info but this book is dreadful and p-a-i-n-f-u-l-l-y boring. I’m not in my 40s, so perhaps that’s the problem, though I’ve read and loved novels and memoirs about / by women in their 40/50/60s and connected to it... I’m seeking a refund, it’s that lousy. The only ...more
This is new Bridget Jones' Diary, but for better or worse, this time it's not fiction but a real thing. Don't expect it to be about age or aging, it's about one thing only - the author. You will learn all about her - from childhood to ancestry to all her friends and marriage issues.
But if you ever wondered who are those people that write Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Marie Claire articles, now you get the idea.
OK, there were some good pieces. The threesome article is funny. The cancer survival story ...more