From writer and veteran columnist Jennifer Grant comes an unflinching and spirited look at the transitions of midlife. When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? plumbs the physical, spiritual, and emotional changes unique to the middle years: from the emptying nest to the sagging effects of aging. Grant acknowledges the complexities and loss inherent in midlife and tells stories of sustaining disappointment, taking hard blows to the ego, undergoing a crisis of faith, and grieving the deaths not only of illusions but of loved ones. Yet she illuminates the confidence and grace that this season of life can also bring. Magnetic, good-humored, and full of hope in the sustaining power of the Spirit, this is a must-read for anyone facing the flux and flow of middle age.
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“It’s rare to read someone who is as honest as Jennifer Grant is. In a time that’s full to overflowing with easy, posturing confessions, this is a necessary, awakening memoir.”Jon M Sweeney, Reviews
“Delightful and poignant . . . a book to cherish and to share with those you love.”Dale Hanson Bourke, Reviews
“Jennifer Grant is fiercely tender, funny, passionate about family, faithful, and hungry for justice. Read this book!”Becca Stevens, Reviews
“A simply magnificent meditation on middle age . . . an obvious labor of love and joy that appears like a friend at your side and starts walking with you, doling out stories that will make you roar with laughter, bring tears to your eyes, impart practical wisdom, and make you absolutely sure that you are not alone in this.”Cathleen Falsani, Reviews
“This beautiful book belongs on every woman’s nightstand (probably alongside her favorite jar of wrinkle cream).”Katherine Willis Pershey, Reviews
“Jennifer Grant’s shimmering prose, soulful observations, wit, and insight make her an apt companion as we move through this necessary life stage of change and growth.”Michelle Van Loon, Reviews
“Jennifer Grant manages to convey the trials of midlife with both realism and hope. This memoir, unexpectedly, helped me look forward to experiencing my forties and fifties.”Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, Reviews
“The perfect companion to walk with on this road through the unexpected joy and grief of middle age.”Carla Barnhill, Reviews
“Readers will find a true friend in Jennifer Grant’s beautifully crafted memoir of her forties. Highly recommended!”Keri Wyatt Kent, Reviews
“A brilliant memoir about the harshness and freedom of midlife. Bonus: A writer who can work Richard Rohr, Martha Stewart, and David Sedaris into one book must be read.”Lesa Engelthaler, Reviews
“Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . a must-read for anyone who seeks to savor this amazing season of life.”Caryn Rivadeneira, Reviews
“I didn’t know how much I needed this book until I read it. It gave me much-needed language for midlife’s bruising and beautiful change. Grant’s memoir is tender and funny in all the right places, and I can’t wait to recommend it to friends!”Jen Pollock Michel, Reviews
"An unreservedly recommended read.”Reviews