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  • Why We Can't Sleep

  • Women's New Midlife Crisis
  • By: Ada Calhoun
  • Narrated by: Ada Calhoun
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Why We Can't Sleep

By: Ada Calhoun
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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.

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Great book for Gen X women

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It’s compelling but light enough to digest in one listen. It’s specific to North America but I found most of it applicable to me as a British woman and think it would be interesting for any Gen X-er whatever their gender. It’s insightful and encouraging.

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something to identify strongly with

No easy answers but this has certainly helped me understand myself and put me in perspective.

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Very relateable.

A lot of interesting facts and figures. The last chapter brought a sense of relief.

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Hmmm

Whilst the subject is a good one, I found it was all a bit too dreary and depressing. Wanted to return it but couldn't???? Will not finish listening to it.

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