Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty Is the New Fifty

Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty Is the New Fifty

by Tracey Jackson

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"Laugh-out-loud funny."
O, the Oprah magazine

"Tracey Jackson confronts the speed bumps of life with wit, brilliant insights, and...common sense....Between a Rock and a Hot Place is more than a good read, it’s good company."
—John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Hollywood screenwriter Tracey Jackson (The Guru, Ashes to Ashes, The Other End of the Line, The Ivy Chronicles, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and others), delivers a funny, fearless, no-holds-barred look at what it really means to turn 50 today. Offering insight into the joys, hurdles, and life lessons surrounding the half-century mark, Jackson explores topics as wide-ranging as hormone replacement therapy, online dating, lifts, nips, tucks, libidos, finances, coping with death, and preparing for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062042422
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 512 KB

About the Author

A screenwriter for seventeen years, Tracey Jackson has written and sold films to all the major studios. She blogs on her own website and for the Huffington Post. She lives in New York City with her husband, Glenn Horowitz, and two daughters. You can follow her on Twitter @ TraceyJackson4.

What People are Saying About This

Judy Collins

“Between a Rock and a Hot Place is sexy, witty, energizing, smart, and full of terrific advice…. Run, do not walk, to get the book, and then call your nutritionist, your GYN, your health club, your nearest Whole Foods, your mothers and daughters, and tell them all about it.”

Erica Jong

“A fiercely funny book about a most unfunny subject-aging.”

Susan Salter Reynolds

“Jackson covers it all . . . with humor and a firm hand. . . . The book is nothing less than what my own grandmother used to call a ‘godsend.’”

John Berendt

“Tracey Jackson confronts the speed bumps of life with wit, brilliant insights, and the kind of common sense that leaves you wondering, ‘Now, why didn’t I think of that?’ Between a Rock and a Hot Place is more than a good read, it’s good company.”

Susan Cheever

“The cure for fear is laughter, and this book offers a powerful antidote to all the scary aspects of aging. Jackson’s stunning candor and sparkling high spirits will have women of all ages laughing as they confront everything from menopause to wrinkles, thanks to this funny, practical and engaging book.”

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Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty Is the New Fifty 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
epkwrsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Between a Rock and a Hot Place by Tracey JacksonHarper, 2011Why? This is my first review for TLC Book Tours and because this book sounded just like me :)What Now? I'll keep this one handy for the next 7 or so years...a chapter or two whenever I'm feeling down about getting older should do just fine :)Golden Lines***I marked so much of this many golden lines to revisit again and again...but the one I chose here, I think, is a perfect example of Jackson's writing style and her humor in dealing with touchy areas :)Here is the thing about these militant stands on certain, shall we say, aids or helpers: it's very easy to say, "I won't touch a hormone" until you find yourself in the corner sobbing for no reason, sweating profusely, unable to sleep, have sex, or even get through a conversation. I was one of the women who was not going to get an epidural when I had my kids, I was going to have my children naturally - a position that lasted for about two contractions, at which point I would have swallowed botulism toxin if they'd told me it would alleviate the pain. I love the women who say, "I want to experience the glory of the pain of childbirth." I say, "No you don't - there is not glory in the pain of a nine-pound human being ripping through your insides and shooting out of your vagina." There is glory in the pain of the lyrics to a Leonard Cohen song, but not in giving birth; giving birth is messy, painful, and miraculous especially if you get through it without drugs. In my next life I think I will start the epidural when the pregnancy test comes back positive.SummaryTracey Jackson takes a look at the whole idea of aging from a woman's viewpoint. She particularly takes to task the notion that for women today, turning 50 is really the new 30. Not so, says Jackson...and if we don't look at aging realistically, we're just deluding ourselves and setting ourselves up for disappointment. Growing old gracefully, however, does not necessarily involve sitting by and watching ourselves decay. Today's woman has a whole host of opportunities toward making herself look and feel younger. It's a conscious choice each woman makes, and Jackson encourages all women to pay attention to her body, self-image, outer appearance, financial matters, and her relationships in order to enjoy the 2nd half of their lives.What I LikedHumor - This book is funny. And, I don't mean just funny. Jackson is laugh out loud while you're reading till other people ask you what in the world is so funny. I read portion after portion of this book out loud to my co-workers both male and female...and they laughed out loud right with me. The chapter on sex. I don't talk about sex with my gets mentioned from time to time but as far as specifics, my husband is the only one who has that conversation with me. But, there are things about a woman's life...changes taking place...that men don't know about and logically cannot be expected to understand. Let's be honest, ladies. They'd probably really rather not know about all our ins, outs and all abouts...unless, of course, it involves them. ;) Jackson handles the subject of sex with startling (at times) clarity...there were times that I know my face turned red...I giggled a time or two and was asked, "What's so funny?" Then, I blushed more bc if the person asking only knew what I was really laughing about...But, it's a chapter that needs to be written...and read. So many of us don't have that conversation...we all suffer the same symptoms but since no one wants to talk about it, we all think we're the only ones. Thanks, Tracey Jackson for opening up this conversation!Tidbits of history - through her mother and grandmother, Jackson presents the history of nutrition, sunscreen, exercise, and facelifts in an entertaining way...through narrative tidbits about 2 previous generations of her own family and her intimate knowledge following their experiences...and Jackson equally considers the
MaryinHB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTSLOVED ITTracey Jackson writes about what I suspected all along: all of this trying to act, be, look younger is not worth it and fifty is not the new thirty no matter how much "work" you do -- your insides are still a ticking timebomb. She gracefully delves into the aging dilemma that women my age (yes, fifty) are now being bombarded with in the media. Hormone replacement therapy, plastic surgery, keeping fit and eating right are all tackled in this book of essays all linked together by age. And then there is ageism which is more than apparent in Hollywood were she was a screen writer. There are parts of this memoir that are truly laugh out loud funny and others that are really poignant. Jackson goes back in her own family history relating how her grandmother didn't care about how she ate or looked while her mother was a health fanatic and plastic surgery devotee. That is a choice each of us has to make. Do we get work done? Do we take the hormones to feel normal? And will your heart explode even though you do everything right?I didn't agree with all of her reasons for her actions, but Hollywood is indeed a strange place to live and work. Things that are not normal any place else are a given there and you are only as good as how you look or your age. This probably won't play well in Peoria but like Hot in Cleveland, no one in Hollywood can look good forever and you need to step away. I have friends that work in that industry and I used to be jealous of how good they look, but as Jackson concludes, everyone dies and no matter how good you look on the outside, your insides could be a complete mess. The best point she makes in the whole book is when she relates that the most fulfilling moment came when she was out of work and produced a documentary about her over privileged child volunteering in India. Overall, a good and quick read about getting older while being a bit neurotic.
herdingcats on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book, Tracey gives a humerous look at what it is like to be fifty years old today. She explains the pitfalls of menopause and the benefits of hormone replacement therapy, and it's effect on everything from your body, to moods, to sex life. She talks about face lifts and botox and her experiences with those. She discusses the problem that fifty-somethings now have in the job market, discusses what dating is like at fifty - including her experiment with an online dating service a bit remincient of AJ Jacobs' and the fact that when you are fifty, lots more people your age die than when you are thirty.I like her viewpoint that if you are fifty and your husband leaves you for another woman it is not your fault because he is obviously looking for something that you cannot provide and he is most likely a jerk.This is a fun read and I highly recommend it.
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Robin Erickson More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book on my 50th birthday. i love it! I can only hope Ms Jackson will write and share more of her great wit with us!
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