There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-Of-Age Story by Pamela Druckerman (3 out of 5)

This was a pleasant surprise. I tried to read Druckerman’s “Bringing Up Bebe” years ago, when I worked at BAM, but I couldn’t get into it. Maybe because the advancement of years is upon me, or maybe just because I’ve “matured”(loaded word) and I can connect to the author and subject matter more. This book is about turning 40 and the decade of forty. I identified with everything that Druckerman writes about, except for the parenting observations. That was a good portion of the second half of the book. I skimmed through a bit of that, because I am single and childless, and a lot of her musings didn’t ring any bells. I thought the title was great; the subtitle a bit misleading. Druckerman’s story would not qualify to me as a midlife coming-of-age story. She handles most of all of her hiccups with humor, aplomb, and determination. Not at all how I have handled some of the crap I have gone through the past five years. Her brand of realism doesn’t quite match my brand of realism. I did laugh at quite a bit of this, and I did shake my head and sigh heavily at some of this. But the lengthy bits about parenting in your forties was largely lost on this formerly captive audience. There are a lot of bon mots here; some applied; some did not. I think anyone with a family in the 40’s would enjoy most of it. A single gal like myself only really identifies with the first half or so. The book is being released on May 29, 2018, by the folks at Penguin Random House.

~ by generationgbooks on April 15, 2018.

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