Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an interesting collection of essays about things a “woman of a certain age” has to deal with every day. Often discarded by society and invisible to anyone over 25, women over 50 are often times lumped together as “old ladies” that are irrelevant and who can no longer contribute to society. Being one of these “old ladies”, I found a lot of truths in several of the author’s essays, whether I want to admit it or not.

The essays about reconciling lost dreams and forming new friendships particularly resonated with me. Like it or not, I have to admit to myself that I am no longer able to stand in Times Square for 10 hours on New Years Eve waiting to ring in the new year, kiss complete strangers, and watch the ball drop. That dream must die, along with bungee jumping off a bridge, skydiving out of a plane, and many others that past me by with the passing of my youth.

Having relationships with women of various ages is also a must. It helps you keep perspective and keeps you current. It’s also important to have varying levels of friendships. Some friends you go to concerts with. Others are your work BFFs. Still others share in your triumphs and defeats. All are necessary.

I don’t read many books like this, but I really enjoyed this one and recommend you read it.

Thank you to NetGalley and Northwester University Press for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.