Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Half-century-crisis women's reading list!

Inspired by blogger, Bookaholics Anonymous!

While there are some books that help with any female time of crisis (Gone With the Wind and Pride and Prejudice), I've decided the half-century crisis needs some careful consideration. Here are my choices:

(I previously reviewed this book here.) Whether you are, or have been, or still dream of being married this is an essential book.  Portrait of a Marriage by Pearl S. Buck.

Mame Dennis faces each new life crisis with the motto "Life is a banquet......." No one can tackle a crisis like Mame. Let her guide you thru yours. Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade by the (incomparably) Patrick Dennis.

Helen Hooven Santmyer's opus IS huge, but it's so worth it! A rare case of an academic press producing a book that went on to enormous commercial success, this books starts with two friends as they are leaving the sheltered world of an 1860's female academy and embarking on life. Every time of possible life-crisis has its moment in this fabulously well-told multi-generational story. I keep hoping it will be made into a series for Masterpiece Theater on PBS. . "...And the Ladies of the Club" by Helen Hooven Santmyer.

(I previously reviewed this one here.) Anne Tyler almost makes mid-life its own genre. Anyone at the half-century mark of thereabouts can relate to Delia's story. Who hasn't wanted to say "I'm outta here"??? Who hasn't wished to remake her life to some degree? This is the book on what happens when one stalwart doctor's wife from Baltimore does just that! Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler.

The half-century mark too often coincides with the start of the sandwich years--needy parents and needy young adult children sandwiching the half-century woman into such a tight "sandwich" she can barely breathe. Another one I've reviewed before, but so worth a look! Separate Beds by Elizabeth Buchan.

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