Between A Rock and a Hot Place, Why Fifty is Not the New Thirty by Tracey Jackson

HotPlace-1 Life is one degree of separation.  Tracey was turned on to my blog from a mutual friend of ours.  She commented on a post and we met for coffee.  Ends up we share a lot of mutual friends.  The good news is that Tracey came into my life and am pretty confident she won't be leaving.  After dinner with us and the husbands, it was just meant to be. 

In her past career Tracey was a screen writer including making a feature-length documentary called Lucky Ducks.  She has serious energy and bravado.  Finding herself approaching her fiftieth birthday and realizing that Hollywood wasn't that interested in a 50 year old screenwriter she turned to creating a new business life for herself.  After hearing that ridiculous catchphrase "Fifty is the new thirty" too many times she decided to write a book, create a blog and start recording and interviewing other fifty year olds asking them the question…is fifty the new thirty?

The book, Between a Rock and a Hot Place, Why Fifty is not the New Thirty should be read by all women whether you are 30 or 50.  It is her story but it is also the story of many women.  She brings up many issues that nobody wants to talk about.  She confronts those issues head on writing about menopause, sex, colonoscopies, trapped between taking care of our kids and our parents, taking a look at those wrinkles and eyes every morning and even financial stability.  She writes incredibly well.  Not only do the words just flow there are some serious comedic moments.  I found myself lying in bed at night just laughing out loud. 

Traceys attitude is fifty is a wake-up call that can be greeted with a plan.  Her book is honest and uplifting.  It makes you think.  I just loved it.