Navigating the Messy Middle: A Fiercely Honest and Wildly Encouraging Guide for Midlife Women

Douglas & McIntyre. Mar. 2023. 272p. ISBN 9781771623438. pap. $24.95. SELF-HELP
In a text that is primarily aimed at Generation X women, Canadian parenting author Douglas (“Mother of All Books” series) argues against the prevailing view that midlife women are past their prime or no longer relevant. The author cites evidence-based science research and interviews with more than 100 women from a variety of backgrounds and relates their experiences. Topics include dealing with motherhood, work, relationships, family obligations, and health issues while simultaneously trying to carve out a place for themselves in a world that overlooks them or considers them invisible. To address these matters the book has 10 chapters over two parts—the first concentrates on the mind and the second on the body. In each section, Douglas encourages women to realize their own voice in their lives and to embrace new beginnings.
VERDICT A wonderfully affirming volume that makes a compelling case for women to embrace the physical and mental changes happening in their lives and thrive. Best for those interested in gender studies, social history, and women’s health topics.
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