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There Are No Grown-Ups
There Are No Grown-Ups: A midlife coming-of-age story | Pamela Druckerman
Author of the no.1 bestseller French Children Don't Throw Food Pamela Druckerman reveals the things it took her forty years to learn: There are no grown-ups. Everyone else is winging it too. Does it ever feel like everyone - except you - is a bona-fide adult? Do you wonder how real grown-ups get to be so mysteriously capable and wise? When she turns 40, Pamela Druckerman wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face. With frank personal stories and witty maxims, Druckerman hilariously navigates the unexplored zone between young and not-so-young. There Are No Grown-Ups is a midlife coming-of-age story, a quest for wisdom, self-knowledge and the right pair of pants. It's a book for readers of all ages about - finally - becoming yourself. You know you're in your forties when... · You're matter-of-fact about chin hair. · You become impatient while scrolling down to your year of birth. · Your parents have stopped trying to change you. · You don't want to be with the cool people anymore; you want to be with your people. · You know that 'Soul mate' isn't a pre-existing condition. It's earned over time. · You know there are no grown-ups. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.
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BookishShelly
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I like this memoir and reflection on aging. It‘s ideal for me in audiobook form because of the French words/pronunciation. The only thing I didn‘t like is the “you know you‘re in your 40s when...” bits at the end of each chapter.

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alvingregorio
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*keeps nodding through the introduction * 🙌🏽 I already know I'm going to like this book.

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dariazeoli
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I found some gems in this book, including the topic of midlife crises in your forties. Overall, though, Druckerman and I have little in common, at least in the details. Somehow, that makes it all the more comforting when you realize how many of us don‘t feel like the grownups we‘re supposed to be.

CloudLibrary eread, 2 hours, 53 minutes. Book 3, #VirtualMountTBR

Lcsmcat My grandmother told me, when she was in her 70‘s, that unless she looked in the mirror she still felt like she did at 16. 5mo
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Kempii
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It's an okay book about middle life and the many signs that you're in your 40s. It wasn't overly poignant or wise. Good enough to not bail, but not good enough for me to recommend or remember it.

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lowellette
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Mehso-so

Looks at markers of middle aged (‘40s) and her feelings of not stepping into the adult role fully, covering imposter syndrome, wisdom, making adult friends, and setting up a threesome for her husband‘s birthday. Some parts are set up like a comedy act while others are thoughtfully researches. A little unbalanced but nuggets to please many midlifers.

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KimberleyA
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Rcoco
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I almost bailed after the threesome chapter—-not because I was offended but because I could not relate. But I kept with it and glad I did. A hodgepodge of anecdotes and tidbits which made me nod and laugh. Some chapters were misses but I mostly was entertained and even learned a little.

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Travelinglibrarian
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Preciouz29
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The book wasn‘t bad, but when it came time to return the book and I wasn‘t done (all my requested library books arrived at once), I didn‘t feel the need to request it again.

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Laru79
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I was really keen to read this and perhaps I haven‘t given it a fair chance but I bailed after about 5 pages. Maybe it‘s just not the right book to read at the moment? I‘ve been off work with my girls, celebrating my eldest turning 7 with an amazing animal party, hence the photo!! It just isn‘t something I settled into, holding a meerkat however, was amazing!!!! Also pretty apt for the title of the book as I was like a big kid meeting the animals

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Laru79
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Starting this tonight, after a wild day celebrating my daughter‘s 7th birthday (with an animal encounter party... I held a meerkat and a chameleon, best day ever!!) so might only manage two pages before I‘m asleep. But, I‘ll be 40 next year so it seems like a good time to read this, before I become who I am!!

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Floresj
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I really enjoyed Bringing up Bebe, and this book mirror Druckerman‘s easy style. I liked the French vs American culture chapters. The other chapters that processed being in your 40s fell flat for me- some lines were funny, but most seemed superficial. A light book, and I really wanted to like it, but this 40 year old would rather read Sadaris‘s wit if I‘m reading memoirs.

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Valink
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I say over and over that I‘m going to read what I own and not take books out of the library... and over and over I put books on hold and am surprised when I get the notifications that they are available! I‘m 53% through Us Against You (does a Scribd book count as a library loan since I pay for the subscription? 🤣🤣) then I can maybe read these before they expire.

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Jeanne_S
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Easy and light.

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LauraBeth
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I definitively read more lighter fare during the summer months. 😀

LoverofLit I tend to read lighter in the summer months and again around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. You're not alone! 12mo
Bookcation74 That is an awesome combo of books! I can‘t wait to read both! 12mo
emilyhaldi 😂👏🏻 12mo
UwannaPublishme 😊👍🏻 12mo
saresmoore Same here! I‘m thinking it might do me good year round, though, these days. 12mo
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