Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty Is Not the New Thirty

Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty Is Not the New Thirty

By: Tracey Jackson

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A funny, fearless, no-holds-barred look at aging--hormone replacement therapy, online dating, eye lifts, and all

As she approached her fiftieth birthday, Tracey Jackson found herself bombarded--at the gym, at parties, in conversations with friends--by a catchphrase on everyone's lips. "Fifty is the new thirty" and the endless magazine articles, photos, and T-shirts proclaiming the new aphorism had apparently bloomed out of a collective sense of denial, masking the true fears of a generation unwilling to relinquish their youth.

With a comedy writer's training and a screenwriter's eye for detail, Jackson skewers the myth in Between a Rock and a Hot Place, a hilarious, bare-knuckled, and ultimately practical appraisal of what middle age really means today. Willing not only to face the elephant in the room, but to put him under a (large) microscope, Jackson confronts the truth about death, work, and sex in what the French call the "third age," using poignant, laugh-out-loud stories from her life. Jackson examines the changing roles of motherhood and wifehood; the necessity of planning a "career after your career"; the unvarnished reality of our aging bodies; and the generational shift in our perception of age ("Tight abs was not a phrase my grandmother had ever heard. And even if she had, her response would likely have been, Who needs that when you have a girdle?").

Turning fifty is a wake-up call--but one that can be greeted with a plan. Recounting the changes she went through, the things she learned (and things she didn't) en route to fifty, Between a Rock and a Hot Place navigates, with unsparing honesty and unerring wit, the confusion and uncertainty of the most significant uncharted transition in our lives.

Title: Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty Is Not the New Thirty

Author Name: Tracey Jackson

Categories: NF,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Harper: February 2011

ISBN Number: 006166927X

ISBN Number 13: 9780061669279

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible - Like New

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Inscription: Signed By Author

Seller ID: 20110722106640

Description: Book is clean and tight. A stated First Edition. Has minor shelf wear. Signed (first name) and inscription with date, on first free page. We put tracking on every shipment.