Prime Time

Creating a Great Third Act
Prime Time: Creating a Great Third Act. Random. Sept. 2011. 256p. ISBN 9781400066971. $27. lrg. prnt. CD: Random Audio.
Now that we're living so much longer, there aren't just second acts but third acts in American life. To prepare us, mega-selling author/institution Fonda offers tips on food, exercise, love, and fulfilling ourselves emotionally and spiritually as we pass 60 and head for the final curtain. Wondering how this might differ from other advice books (including Fonda's) and sort of missing radical Jane, but obviously this is for every help-yourself collection serving people of a certain age.
Fonda's (My Life So Far) latest book on aging is a pleasant departure from the usual celebrity publications. She candidly talks about turning 70 and offers readers a step-by-step guide to create a "life review" to help plan for the road ahead. Her advice for successfully aging in "Act III" of life doesn't differ from the usual stuff seen on TV shows and in magazines: get enough sleep, don't abuse alcohol, exercise regularly, etc. Her most insightful contribution is to challenge women to break stereotypes of aging, to contribute to society financially, and to share the kinds of experiences that only seniors can give. It's an upbeat, informative book that any female boomer would enjoy reading. [See Prepub Alert, 3/7/11.]

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