Between a Rock and a Hot Place

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

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 33.02mm | 294.83g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 006166927X
  • 9780061669279
  • 1,243,763

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"Tracey Jackson confronts the speed bumps of life with wit, brilliant insights, and the kind of common sense that leaves you wondering, 'Now, why didn't I think of that?' "Between a Rock and a Hot Place" is more than a good read, it's good company."--John Berendt
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195 ratings
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5 8% (15)
4 27% (52)
3 38% (75)
2 22% (42)
1 6% (11)
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