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
ISBN:1594206376
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

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

  • Janssen
    Jul 08, 2018
    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. ...
  • Andrienne
    Mar 13, 2018
    Really has plenty of insight for the nearing forty and for the forty plus. I liked her stories about sexuality, owning up faults, and of course the cultural differences that still mention her life living in France. I especially enjoyed the idea of cultivating perception and the stories...
  • Jen Ifer's Inklings
    Jun 28, 2018
    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...
  • Jennifer
    Jun 20, 2018
    Not worth getting library fines for. This one felt more memoir than topical point of view. These kind of books should be a quick read and I could just not get into it. ...
  • Jaclyn
    Jun 06, 2018
    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...
  • Meredith
    Apr 17, 2018
    Not at all what I expected. More interesting, more wisdom, more sanity. ...
  • Alexandra
    Jun 13, 2018
    This is new Bridget Jones' Diary, but for better or worse, this time it's not fiction but a real thing. Don't expect it to be about age or aging, it's about one thing only - the author. You will learn all about her - from childhood to ancestry to all her friends and marriage issues. B...
  • Mehrsa
    May 31, 2018
    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 ...
  • Brenda
    Jun 16, 2018
    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. ...
  • Lindsay Nixon
    Jun 07, 2018
    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
    There are funny points in this book and times I could relate. Interesting book about what it's like when you hit your 40s. ...
  • Christine
    Apr 22, 2018
    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
    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
    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...
  • Rebecca Foster
    May 01, 2018
    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...
  • Rebecca
    May 30, 2018
    Goodreads First Reads As a woman in my early forties it resonated. Interesting observations. ...
  • Kate
    Jun 19, 2018
    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...
  • Helois
    Jun 11, 2018
    Even thought the author and I lead vastly different lives, I related to this book more than I thought, I would. With witty, self-depreciating humor, honesty and sometimes heavy reflection, the author regales us with tales and events as she turns 40 and beyond......everything from p...
  • Alexa Kozlov
    Apr 08, 2018
    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...
  • Cass Weber
    May 24, 2018
    "Intelligence tells you how to do something. Wisdom, because it has moral and social dimensions, allows you to decide whether to do it or not." This is by far my most highlighted eBook to date. From picking up a new essential French term femme libre to learning about the Korean conc...
  • Cristy Jimenez-Shawcroft
    Apr 07, 2018
    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 à 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
    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...
  • Reese
    Jun 16, 2018
    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
    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 ...
  • Joana Faria
    Apr 12, 2018
    A bit flat really. Just finished it and already forgot most of it. ...
  • Carrie
    Jun 02, 2018
    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...
  • Aria
    May 08, 2018
    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- This was a fair read. Not too heavy. Didn't take too long. I only found myself drifting off a couple of times. I set it down & came back to it in a couple of hours & all was well again. More than a few accur...
  • Chris devine
    May 22, 2018
    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 ...
  • Flora
    May 26, 2018
    I'm not sure I'd read this book again but it offered some hours of amusement. Druckerman shares relatable and diverting stories about her life, especially about growing into a middle-aged woman. At certain points, she is effortlessly humourous, when at others, she comes across as tryin...