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Why We Can't Sleep

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Summary

A generation-defining examination of the new midlife crisis facing Gen X women and the unique circumstances that have brought them to this point, Why We Can’t Sleep is a lively successor to Passages by Gail Sheehy and The Defining Decade by Meg Jay.   When Ada Calhoun found herself in the throes of a midlife crisis, she thought that she had no right to complain. She was married with children and a good career. So why did she feel miserable? And why did it seem that other Generation X women were miserable, too?   Calhoun decided to find some answers. She looked into housing costs, HR trends, credit card debt averages, and divorce data. At every turn, she saw a pattern: sandwiched between the Boomers and Millennials, Gen X women were facing new problems as they entered middle age, problems that were being largely overlooked.    Speaking with women across America about their experiences as the generation expected to “have it all”, Calhoun found that most were exhausted, terrified about money, under-employed, and overwhelmed. Instead of their issues being heard, they were told to lean in, take “me time”, or make a chore chart to get their lives and homes in order.   In Why We Can’t Sleep, Calhoun opens up the cultural and political contexts of Gen X’s predicament and offers solutions for how to pull oneself out of the abyss - and keep the next generation from falling in. The result is reassuring, empowering, and essential listening for all middle-aged women, and anyone who hopes to understand them.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Ada Calhoun (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Ada Calhoun
Author: Ada Calhoun
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give

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Inspired by her wildly popular New York Times essay "The Wedding Toast I'll Never Give", Ada Calhoun provides a funny (but not flip), smart (but not smug) take on the institution of marriage. Weaving intimate moments from her own married life with frank insight from experts, clergy, and friends, she upends expectations of total marital bliss to present a realistic - but ultimately optimistic - portrait of what marriage is really like. There will be fights, there will be existential angst, there may even be affairs; sometimes you'll look at the person you love and feel nothing but rage. Despite it all, Calhoun contends, staying married is easy: Just don't get divorced. Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give offers bracing straight talk to the newly married and honors those who have weathered the storm. This exploration of modern marriage is at once wise and entertaining, a work of unexpected candor and literary grace.

©2017 Ada Calhoun (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Ada Calhoun
Author: Ada Calhoun
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
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A Joyful, Chaotic, Unpredictable, Inspiring Day in the Life of Ada Calhoun

Summary

Follow along as Ada Calhoun and Audible editor Courtney Reimer—both Gen X women living the chaos and joy Calhoun chronicles in her new work, Why We Can’t Sleep – go about their busy days to illustrate the universality of the modern midlife crisis. You’ll hear the many sounds of a life fully lived amid commuting, dining, parenting, and preparing for all the obstacles family and career might throw in the way. 

©2020 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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