40 Things to Do when You Turn Forty: Forty Experts on the Subject of Turning Forty

40 Things to Do when You Turn Forty: Forty Experts on the Subject of Turning Forty

by Allison Kyle Leopold


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This inspiring, informative, and varied collection of 40 essays speaks directly to the reader who has or will soon turn forty. Readers will find essays that are practical, covering subjects like health care, fitness, finance, and business, as well as essays that are more reflective, whimsical, reassuring, or just plain laugh-out-loud funny. This book will answer that burning question that every forty year old confronts: Now what do I do? Here are forty ideas to get you started.

Essayists include:

  • Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Sister Mine, Coal Run, and Back Roads, which was an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Her most recent release, Sister Mine, has garnered rave reviews for its black humor, tenderness, and keen sense of place. Her essay is titled “Have an Oprah moment.”
  • David Tutera is a leading entertaining expert whose primetime television series, Party Planning with David Tutera airs on the Discovery Home Channel. Honored in 2006 by Modern Bride Magazine as one of the Top 25 Trendsetters of The Year, Tutera is the author of several entertaining books and has an impressive client list including Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Elton John, Vice-President Gore, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others. His essay is titled “Celebrate your life in style.”
  • Lisa Renstrom is executive director of Sierra Club. Her fascinating story of rising in this organization begins with her work and enthusiasm as a volunteer in her home state of North Carolina. Through her early grass roots participation to her spearheading of local and regional action plans, Ms. Renstrom has a remarkable story to share. Her essay is titled “Make a difference in your own corner of the world.”
  • Nigel Marsh is a renowned CEO and best-selling author of Fat, Forty & Fired. He believes turning 40 provides a natural milestone that people can use as a prompt to take a step back from their hurried everyday schedules and assess their lives.

What the press is saying...

"Forty may be the new 30, but it's still a milestone. "Forty Things to Do When You Turn Forty" is a casual and comforting collection of essays about the big 4-0.

A lot of the names weren't familiar to me, but the collection does include Oprah-anointed Tawni O'Dell, Amy's Bread owner Amy Scherber, and graphic novelist Jonathan Ames. Broken up into predictable sections like "Speak Your Truth" and "Master Your Money," these bite-size essays are, surprisingly, as addictive as pretzels. The advice is mostly basic: Call your friends, don't e-mail them; take up golf. Author Michael Ruhlman advises that the best way to see things in a different way is to either stare into the flames of a fire pit, or make a substantial and permanent change in your dwelling. And, of course, there's inspiration, like the story of Tina Grant, who "went backwards from a custom kitchen to food stamps" and achieved her dream of being a teacher.

While nothing said here is earth-shattering, there's a delicious sense of self-confidence, hope, and camaraderie in this volume, making it perfect for a 40th-birthday gift. The publisher also has books for 50- and 60-somethings, too, which just goes to show you that age is both a state of mind and a state of book publishing."
Boston Globe, October 14, 2007

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569069868
Publisher: Sellers Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Allison Kyle Leopold is an award-winning editor and journalist, the owner and editor-in-chief of AKL Studio, a magazine and book development company, and editor of special interest publications for Country Living Magazine. She has authored more than a dozen books. Leopold began her career with Seventeen Magazine before joining Harper s Bazaar and Vogue magazines. She was editor of numerous special interest lifestyle publications for Womans Day, travel editor of Child magazine, editor-in-chief of Flair magazine, and editor in chief of a regional magazine group.

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