There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story

There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story

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 m The best-selling author of Bringing Up Bebe investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will e...

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Title:There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story
Author:Pamela Druckerman
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Number of Pages:288 pages pages

There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story Reviews

  • Janssen
    Jul 08, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

  • Jen Ifer's Inklings
    Jun 28, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

    Meh: exceedingly Ave age. Started out strong with some interesting insights into aging, but quickly became a memoir of the author?s extremely niche experiences. Are you a middle aged white woman expat living in Paris? Then this is book for you! If you liked Bringing up Bebe this is a...

    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 girl...

    I liked this book. It doesn't necessarily introduce a lot of new ideas (ex: when you're middle aged, you stop caring what other people think as much and are really busy) but I appreciate its affirmation that we're all winging it--students and grown-ups and 70-year-olds alike. ...

    There are funny points in this book and times I could relate. Interesting book about what it's like when you hit your 40s. ...

    I thought at first that this was book of humor, but it wasn't. It was an honest, well-researched, introspective view of an American writer, living in Paris with her husband and two children. I was surprised that there was a bibliography at the end, but the book was written by Pam Druck...

    I just turned 50 and I can totally relate to this book. Really nice that someone has written down what I have unconciously thought all allong, but was never able to put in words for myself. Wish I would have read this one 5 years ealier. Interessante analyse van de midlife periode v...

    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 focus...

    This had some wonderful snippets of wisdom on facing middle age (which: gulp, I guess I am). I actively skipped the parenting chapters and clutched my pearls a bit during the threesome encounter, although I appreciate the factual recounting (I'm trying to be positive). Regardless, the ...

    Meh. 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 thi...

  • Jaclyn
    Jun 06, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

    Meh: exceedingly Ave age. Started out strong with some interesting insights into aging, but quickly became a memoir of the author?s extremely niche experiences. Are you a middle aged white woman expat living in Paris? Then this is book for you! If you liked Bringing up Bebe this is a...

    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 girl...

    I liked this book. It doesn't necessarily introduce a lot of new ideas (ex: when you're middle aged, you stop caring what other people think as much and are really busy) but I appreciate its affirmation that we're all winging it--students and grown-ups and 70-year-olds alike. ...

    There are funny points in this book and times I could relate. Interesting book about what it's like when you hit your 40s. ...

    I thought at first that this was book of humor, but it wasn't. It was an honest, well-researched, introspective view of an American writer, living in Paris with her husband and two children. I was surprised that there was a bibliography at the end, but the book was written by Pam Druck...

    I just turned 50 and I can totally relate to this book. Really nice that someone has written down what I have unconciously thought all allong, but was never able to put in words for myself. Wish I would have read this one 5 years ealier. Interessante analyse van de midlife periode v...

    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 focus...

  • Mehrsa
    May 31, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

  • Stephanie
    Sep 07, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

  • Brenda
    Jun 16, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

  • Jen
    Aug 15, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

  • Lindsay Nixon
    Jun 07, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

  • Marla
    Apr 18, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

    Meh: exceedingly Ave age. Started out strong with some interesting insights into aging, but quickly became a memoir of the author?s extremely niche experiences. Are you a middle aged white woman expat living in Paris? Then this is book for you! If you liked Bringing up Bebe this is a...

    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 girl...

    I liked this book. It doesn't necessarily introduce a lot of new ideas (ex: when you're middle aged, you stop caring what other people think as much and are really busy) but I appreciate its affirmation that we're all winging it--students and grown-ups and 70-year-olds alike. ...

    There are funny points in this book and times I could relate. Interesting book about what it's like when you hit your 40s. ...

  • Julie
    Aug 03, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

    Meh: exceedingly Ave age. Started out strong with some interesting insights into aging, but quickly became a memoir of the author?s extremely niche experiences. Are you a middle aged white woman expat living in Paris? Then this is book for you! If you liked Bringing up Bebe this is a...

    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 girl...

    I liked this book. It doesn't necessarily introduce a lot of new ideas (ex: when you're middle aged, you stop caring what other people think as much and are really busy) but I appreciate its affirmation that we're all winging it--students and grown-ups and 70-year-olds alike. ...

    There are funny points in this book and times I could relate. Interesting book about what it's like when you hit your 40s. ...

    I thought at first that this was book of humor, but it wasn't. It was an honest, well-researched, introspective view of an American writer, living in Paris with her husband and two children. I was surprised that there was a bibliography at the end, but the book was written by Pam Druck...

    I just turned 50 and I can totally relate to this book. Really nice that someone has written down what I have unconciously thought all allong, but was never able to put in words for myself. Wish I would have read this one 5 years ealier. Interessante analyse van de midlife periode v...

    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 focus...

    This had some wonderful snippets of wisdom on facing middle age (which: gulp, I guess I am). I actively skipped the parenting chapters and clutched my pearls a bit during the threesome encounter, although I appreciate the factual recounting (I'm trying to be positive). Regardless, the ...

    Meh. 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 thi...

    There were some moments in this book that did make me laugh out loud, as Pamela Druckerman explores what it means to be in your forties, and how it maybe finally makes you a grownup. Living in France, she finds that she is now getting ignored by men and waiters address her as Madame. ...

  • Christine (Christiner_Reader)
    Apr 22, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

  • Josh Puetz
    Jul 01, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

    Meh: exceedingly Ave age. Started out strong with some interesting insights into aging, but quickly became a memoir of the author?s extremely niche experiences. Are you a middle aged white woman expat living in Paris? Then this is book for you! If you liked Bringing up Bebe this is a...

  • Donna
    Jul 08, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

  • Amy
    Aug 22, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

  • Rebecca
    May 01, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

  • Sonja Arlow
    Jun 09, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

  • Hanna
    Aug 15, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

    Meh: exceedingly Ave age. Started out strong with some interesting insights into aging, but quickly became a memoir of the author?s extremely niche experiences. Are you a middle aged white woman expat living in Paris? Then this is book for you! If you liked Bringing up Bebe this is a...

    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 girl...

    I liked this book. It doesn't necessarily introduce a lot of new ideas (ex: when you're middle aged, you stop caring what other people think as much and are really busy) but I appreciate its affirmation that we're all winging it--students and grown-ups and 70-year-olds alike. ...

  • Kitty
    Jan 14, 2019

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

  • Kate
    Jun 19, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

  • Alexa Kozlov
    Apr 08, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

    Meh: exceedingly Ave age. Started out strong with some interesting insights into aging, but quickly became a memoir of the author?s extremely niche experiences. Are you a middle aged white woman expat living in Paris? Then this is book for you! If you liked Bringing up Bebe this is a...

    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 girl...

  • Cristy Jimenez-Shawcroft
    Apr 07, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

  • Johnette
    May 26, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

  • Jeannette
    Sep 14, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

    Meh: exceedingly Ave age. Started out strong with some interesting insights into aging, but quickly became a memoir of the author?s extremely niche experiences. Are you a middle aged white woman expat living in Paris? Then this is book for you! If you liked Bringing up Bebe this is a...

    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 girl...

    I liked this book. It doesn't necessarily introduce a lot of new ideas (ex: when you're middle aged, you stop caring what other people think as much and are really busy) but I appreciate its affirmation that we're all winging it--students and grown-ups and 70-year-olds alike. ...

    There are funny points in this book and times I could relate. Interesting book about what it's like when you hit your 40s. ...

    I thought at first that this was book of humor, but it wasn't. It was an honest, well-researched, introspective view of an American writer, living in Paris with her husband and two children. I was surprised that there was a bibliography at the end, but the book was written by Pam Druck...

    I just turned 50 and I can totally relate to this book. Really nice that someone has written down what I have unconciously thought all allong, but was never able to put in words for myself. Wish I would have read this one 5 years ealier. Interessante analyse van de midlife periode v...

  • Reese
    Jun 16, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

  • Merry Miller moon
    Apr 25, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

  • Jennifer
    Jul 25, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

    Meh: exceedingly Ave age. Started out strong with some interesting insights into aging, but quickly became a memoir of the author?s extremely niche experiences. Are you a middle aged white woman expat living in Paris? Then this is book for you! If you liked Bringing up Bebe this is a...

    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 girl...

    I liked this book. It doesn't necessarily introduce a lot of new ideas (ex: when you're middle aged, you stop caring what other people think as much and are really busy) but I appreciate its affirmation that we're all winging it--students and grown-ups and 70-year-olds alike. ...

    There are funny points in this book and times I could relate. Interesting book about what it's like when you hit your 40s. ...

    I thought at first that this was book of humor, but it wasn't. It was an honest, well-researched, introspective view of an American writer, living in Paris with her husband and two children. I was surprised that there was a bibliography at the end, but the book was written by Pam Druck...

    I just turned 50 and I can totally relate to this book. Really nice that someone has written down what I have unconciously thought all allong, but was never able to put in words for myself. Wish I would have read this one 5 years ealier. Interessante analyse van de midlife periode v...

    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 focus...

    This had some wonderful snippets of wisdom on facing middle age (which: gulp, I guess I am). I actively skipped the parenting chapters and clutched my pearls a bit during the threesome encounter, although I appreciate the factual recounting (I'm trying to be positive). Regardless, the ...

  • Naomi
    Jan 10, 2019

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

    Meh: exceedingly Ave age. Started out strong with some interesting insights into aging, but quickly became a memoir of the author?s extremely niche experiences. Are you a middle aged white woman expat living in Paris? Then this is book for you! If you liked Bringing up Bebe this is a...

    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 girl...

    I liked this book. It doesn't necessarily introduce a lot of new ideas (ex: when you're middle aged, you stop caring what other people think as much and are really busy) but I appreciate its affirmation that we're all winging it--students and grown-ups and 70-year-olds alike. ...

    There are funny points in this book and times I could relate. Interesting book about what it's like when you hit your 40s. ...

    I thought at first that this was book of humor, but it wasn't. It was an honest, well-researched, introspective view of an American writer, living in Paris with her husband and two children. I was surprised that there was a bibliography at the end, but the book was written by Pam Druck...

    I just turned 50 and I can totally relate to this book. Really nice that someone has written down what I have unconciously thought all allong, but was never able to put in words for myself. Wish I would have read this one 5 years ealier. Interessante analyse van de midlife periode v...

    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 focus...

    This had some wonderful snippets of wisdom on facing middle age (which: gulp, I guess I am). I actively skipped the parenting chapters and clutched my pearls a bit during the threesome encounter, although I appreciate the factual recounting (I'm trying to be positive). Regardless, the ...

    Meh. 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 thi...

    There were some moments in this book that did make me laugh out loud, as Pamela Druckerman explores what it means to be in your forties, and how it maybe finally makes you a grownup. Living in France, she finds that she is now getting ignored by men and waiters address her as Madame. ...

    Popped up on my BorrowBox library app, and I remember enjoying Bringing up Bebe so checked it out. I found it a bit lumpy (she moves straight from a breezy discussion of her threesome to discovering she has cancer) and I?m tired of the light 1990s magaziney pop science tone. Author s...

  • Carrie
    Jun 02, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

  • Karen
    Nov 23, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...

    Do you like to read about self involved and self obsessed average looking 40year old women ? This is you book. Ugh -why did I waste precious time of my own 40 year old life to read this drivel? Gah! Go for it if you have a long flight and an empty brain. Self centered author who-oh how...

    The book started out okay, though incredibly shallow, that earned it one full star. Then it turned into something that seemed like the author had researched dozens of articles and dumped them all into a book and tried to tie them together by claiming they had something to do with age. ...

    Pamela Druckermanilt olen ma őppinud kőik, mida ma tean lastekasvatuse ja prantslaste kohta (seda pole vbla ülemäära palju, aga mul ei olegi oma elu kontekstis rohkem vaja) - tema kirjutas kuulsa teose sellest, kuidas prantsuse lapsed ei loobi toitu (e.k. "Prantsuse lastetuba"). n...

    The author realizes she's lost her 'young face' when waiters in Paris start calling her madame rather than mademoiselle. Good thing: I can relate to this book. I'm in my late forties and there were several times while I read this that I thought "Yes, THAT". It was interesting to see...

    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. ...

    Meh: exceedingly Ave age. Started out strong with some interesting insights into aging, but quickly became a memoir of the author?s extremely niche experiences. Are you a middle aged white woman expat living in Paris? Then this is book for you! If you liked Bringing up Bebe this is a...

    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 girl...

    I liked this book. It doesn't necessarily introduce a lot of new ideas (ex: when you're middle aged, you stop caring what other people think as much and are really busy) but I appreciate its affirmation that we're all winging it--students and grown-ups and 70-year-olds alike. ...

    There are funny points in this book and times I could relate. Interesting book about what it's like when you hit your 40s. ...

    I thought at first that this was book of humor, but it wasn't. It was an honest, well-researched, introspective view of an American writer, living in Paris with her husband and two children. I was surprised that there was a bibliography at the end, but the book was written by Pam Druck...

  • Chris devine
    May 22, 2018

    As I am 42 I am at the beginning of this decade that the author wanted to make sense of. To be honest I have no idea why I picked this up. I don?t feel as if I am going through a mid-life crisis, I don?t break out in a sweat when someone asks me my age and I don?t have this uncon...

    Druckerman?s French Children Don?t Throw Food (U.S. title: Bringing Up Bébé) was a surprise hit with me in 2012, the sort of wide-ranging, witty book anyone can enjoy, parent or no. Earlier this year I read her first book, Lust in Translation, and was disappointed that it lacked ...

    I couldn't put this book down. Entertaining, quick read. I like how the author writes; she is completely honest and very reflective, telling about everything from ménage ŕ trois she planned for her husband's 40th birthday to her bout with cancer to how she became a journalist to figu...

    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-...

    2.5/5 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 f...

    What I was expecting: a fun, campy take on middle age ŕ la This is 40 or Parenthood. What I got: a memoir with banal stories that had nothing to do with age or season of life. I drew the line when she started going into detail about how she found a woman for her husbands threesome bir...

    This was exactly the book I needed right now. Though I don't share all of Druckerman's concerns about aging, she's very likable and insightful. The book is part memoir, part self-help, and part just chatting with a friend. It's a fun and quick read ...

    I tried to slog through this book but I couldn't. I just couldn't. It seemed like a lot of random thoughts that didn't go anywhere, except for the part about the threesome. That was interesting. I hate to give a bad review because I'm sure there's a piece of the author's heart in every...

    Two and a half stars. I probably should have rated it higher because I couldn?t stop reading it, but there was so much about it that bothered me. Part memoir, part self-help, part essay collection...this book has an identity crisis, much like the author. While I loved Bringing Up Beb...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. The author is giving advice/life lessons on how to deal with life when you reach your forties, which is so appropriate for me, since I am a forty something. In one chapter, she describes how she made her husband's fantasy come true ...

    It wasn?t as good or as fun as Bringing Up Bebe (review here: https://everyday-reading.com/bringing...) but still interesting and entertaining with some very insightful parts. It felt somewhat uneven to me, though. ...

    Thank you to Penguin for providing an advance reading copy, won via a GoodReads giveaway. (Thanks also to GoodReads!) Druckerman has a great voice, which makes for an easy read - conversational, though she mixes in facts and quotations. I was predisposed to like this book, as the p...

    Oddly enough, as a 43 year old woman, I didn't feel like I was the target audience for this one. You see, the target audience for this is really specific. 40-something year old women, who have children and who have been married for a long time, who also have lots of "first world proble...

    So, I'm definitely not the intended audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. This book seems to be geared towards rich older women, who have problems with shopping and packed schedules full of lunches with other rich women. I don't know this woman, but I ...