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What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life?: True Stories of Finding Success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life

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An award-winning journalist offers exhilarating tales of "late bloomers" who prove that it's never too late to sign a new lease on life

In today's world, the question "What should I do with my life?" only scratches the surface. Now, more and more people-from baby boomers retiring from their "first act" to people in their fortie
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Avery (first published 2010)
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Clif Hostetler
Dec 17, 2012 Clif Hostetler rated it liked it
Shelves: current-events
I'm on the leading edge of the "baby boom" which is now going to create a "retirement boom" in the coming years as time marches on. There's going to be a lot of talent and energy in this coming wave. Is it all going to be expended on the golf course and at the bingo parlor? I hope not.

Thus it is interesting to read the short biographies in this book of thirteen men and women who later in life discovered a new calling, success or purpose. It was inspirational to see how these people's lives cert
Dec 29, 2010 Yoonmee rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
While the premise of the book is great (people who find success, happiness, a passion, etc. after age 60), the book itself isn't as interesting as I'd hoped it would be. Many of the stories read very slowly, which is disappointing. Most disappointing of all is the lack of diversity. Almost all of the profiled individuals are white with the majority of them living in the East Coast (or, at least, east of Chicago). This book could have been a lot better, but I just don't think I'd recommend it to ...more
Rome Justine
Aug 31, 2014 Rome Justine rated it really liked it
The book What Should I do with the Rest of My Life? by author Bruce Frankel had made me realize that it’s never too late to start or pursue things you’ve always wanted to do. The changes that had occurred in my life these past months have given me some time to question important things in my life. I guess it relates to me more towards the career change. As a new SAHM, adjusting to my current situation has been one of my biggest challenges. For one, I’ve been working since I was fifteen and never ...more
Judy Beaudette
This was one of those books that I found while wandering around the library in search of my daughter. Since I have moved back to the Puget Sound area, I've found myself asking myself this book's title all too often, although typically it includes an expletive and some reference to my self-perceived mediocre middle-aged-ness. In my imagination, I still have some time to act on dreams I'v dreamed most my adult life (although maybe I will let go of Mt. Everest for this lifetime and focus more on gr ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Helynne rated it liked it
For people looking for a career change or some meaningful post-retirement employment or projects, this collection of true-life stories of people who all made a major switch in direction after age 50 (or more) is very inspirational. Bruce Frankel has interviewed 13 different people, provided a detailed life sketch of each one, and described the joy and fulfillment each has found in his/her late-life activities. These ambitious older folk are involved in a wide variety of activities, and some of ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Cindy rated it liked it
I received this book from a friend when I retired -- good choice, Moe. Well-written and thorough, each chapter introduces an older person who has become successful after age 60. Included are such people as artists, athletes, inventors, entrepreneurs, etc., and each one overcomes adversity to shine. These stories of real people are honest and inspiring. As the author states, the book "should be required reading for anyone starting out, laid off, downsized, or just ready for reinvention." I even ...more
Eliza Fayle
Jan 06, 2013 Eliza Fayle rated it it was amazing
I am a huge sucker for real life stories. You can throw all the theory at me you like, but I want to see the rubber hit the road. Where real people accomplish real things. What Should I Do With The Rest Of My Life?, by Bruce Frankel, is chock full of real people accomplishing very real things.

And the truly unique part about their stories? These accomplishments occurred after what we traditionally think of as retirement age.

Thirteen people are profiled, with accomplishments ranging from physical
Cindy Jacobsen
Nov 09, 2013 Cindy Jacobsen rated it liked it
I've read this book off and on over the past few months; losing interest, reading something else, picking it up and getting into a story, losing interest, etc... Yes, I liked it overall; a few of the people portrayed really spoke to and inspired me as I come to the end of my career and think about retirement. The best message from this book is that there is a vibrant, exciting, fulfilling life after sixty if you are willing to find it. Oddly it was the story of Loretta Thayer and her diner that ...more
Kristen Nace
Apr 12, 2011 Kristen Nace rated it liked it
In this book the author interviews an assortment of people over the age of 65 who have undergone some sort of major transformation in their later years. The focus is on careers/hobbies etc, as opposed to relationships, although these are often transformed as well. The author offers no thoughts or analysis as to why or how, he just lets the people tell their stories. I found it interesting and hopeful.
Jul 11, 2011 Noelle rated it it was ok
Just OK to me. It was not very exciting. I felt like I was reading short inspirational stories from Women's Day magazine.
May 08, 2010 Korinmatter rated it really liked it
interesting stories about people following their passions. slow reader though--one story at a time over a few weeks
James Parrillo
Sep 14, 2011 James Parrillo rated it did not like it
Great concept, but it was more like a collection of AARP articles.
Sally Brooks
Feb 05, 2016 Sally Brooks rated it it was ok
Interesting stories but I found that I didn't really care.
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Bruce Frankel is author of the book, What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? True Stories of Finding Success, Passion, and New Meaning in the Second Half of Life.

Bruce Frankel is a co-writer of World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict in Pictures (2001), a New York Times bestseller. From 1997 to 2001, he was a senior writer at People magazine. From 1989 to 1996, he was the national news report
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