The 50-year Dash: The Feelings, Foibles, and Fears of Being Half-a-century Old

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Doubleday, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 300 pages
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The 50 Year Dash is a wonderful book of reflections on everything that's part of life at fifty: looking at aches and pains as a growth industry, and seeing the constant onslaught of new pain relievers as a new version of the British invasion of rock groups in the 1960s; finding that the world is no longer sufficiently quiet, and that you're the one yelling "Turn that down!"; realizing you're older than James Bond ever was; hearing yourself say, "The fruit plate looks good," and meaning it; understanding that the one thing that seems to be going away from you the fastest is that first-time feeling--first job, first house, first kiss--and knowing that the best thing you can do for yourself is to find ways to keep finding those feelings again and again.

Between now and the year 2014, seventy-seven million American men and women--most of the baby boom generation--will turn fifty. That's about ten thousand birthdays per day. The 50 Year Dash is the perfect book for every single one of them.

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A nationally syndicated columnist considers what's it like for all those baby boomers like himself to be way on the other side of the generational divide. Read full review

Contents

Like a Teenager Whos Been in a Fight
11
Pollen Counts the Fruit Plate and HatStore
27
The James Bond Pleasures and Other Truths
41
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About the author (1998)

Bob Greene is a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune. His book topics have included politics, basketball, and rock and roll; he toured with Alice Cooper to get the background for Billion Dollar Baby (1974). His books are often a collection of his newspaper columns, covering a wide range of topics with interesting portraits of both everyday people and celebrities, but sometimes focus on his own reactions to life's changes. The rediscovery of his old high school diary resulted in Be True to Your School: A Diary of 1964 (1987). Turning age 50 led to his The Fifty Year Dash: The Feelings, Foibles, and Fears of Being Half-a-Century Old (1997). Greene was born in 1947 and lives in Illinois with his wife, Susan, and their daughter Amanda, who provided the inspiration for his book Good Morning, Merry Sunshine: A Father's Journal of His Child's First Year (1984).

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