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10 favorite books for women in midlife

Our latest and greatest picks, straight from the Womaness bookshelf.

By Womaness Editors     2-Minute Read

Curling up with a good book? Don't mind if we do! Here are the latest favorites for women in midlife straight from the bookshelves from Team Womaness.


1. All Fours by Miranda July

Author and filmmaker Miranda July’s second novel offers a fresh, surprising perspective on aging in what the New York Times calls the "first great perimenopause novel." Sexy, tender, and wildly irreverent, her auto-fictional must-read is for anyone looking to find beauty and meaning in the midst of change.

2. Forever Strong: A New, Science-Based Strategy for Aging Well by Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

Muscle up against menopause with board-certified family physician Dr. Gabrielle Lyon’s empowering guide to staying strong. Discover why muscle health is your secret weapon for aging with vitality and find out how to reboot your metabolism, build strength, and extend your life with this accessible guidebook.


3. I'm Mostly Here to Enjoy Myself by Glynnis MacNicol

A new book about a woman facing midlife and choosing to escape to Paris to explore pleasure? We’re in. Glynnis MacNicol shares her joyous approach to life’s later stages, reminding us that this phase can be a full-on celebration of living fully.


4. Hot and Bothered: What No One Tells You About Menopause and How to Feel Like Yourself Again by Jancee Dunn

It’s no secret we love a useful handbook for women navigating the phases of menopause (especially when it’s penned by the author of the book, “How to Not Hate Your Husband After Kids”). You’ll learn—and laugh—with Jancee Dunn as she takes you on a relatable ride through the ups and downs of menopause, filled with personal anecdotes and tips that are as practical as they are cheeky.


5. Now, Near, Next by Dr. Cynthia Bentzen-Mercer & Kimberly K. Rath

The book any mid-career woman should have on her bookshelf, Now, Near, Next by two fabulous Womaness Women cuts through the noise to offer practical advice for women looking to take control of their careers. Use it to plan your power moves with advice on managing the now, preparing for what’s near, and envisioning what’s next.


6. The Menopause Brain: New Science Empowers Women to Navigate the Pivotal Transition with Knowledge and Confidence by Lisa Mosconi

This neuroscientist and women’s brain health specialist’s instant New York Times bestseller gives you essential insights on how to navigate menopause successfully and come out the other side with an even better brain. Dr. Mosconi brings you info on the latest approaches, explaining the role of cutting-edge hormone replacement therapies like “designer estrogens,” hormonal contraception, and key lifestyle changes encompassing diet, exercise, self-care, and self-talk.


7. Hagitude: Reimagining the Second Half of Life by Sharon Blackie

Author and psychologist Sharon Blackie transforms aging into an art form, encouraging you to embrace the enchanting wisdom of the later years. Grounded in story, dreamwork, and archetypal psychology, this inspirational book shows you how to reimagine life after fifty and find new perspectives, beliefs, and identities. Strap in and get ready to redefine what it means to grow older.


8. Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Dive headfirst into a thrilling tale of aging spies that proves adventure doesn’t have an expiration date. Featuring four female assassins who must band together to take out their nemesis as they prepare for retirement, this novel is a spirited escape if you need a little intrigue (and humor) on your reading list.

9. How to Be Old: Lessons in Living Boldly from the Accidental Icon by Lyn Slater

Fashionably late to feeling fabulous about aging? This memoir has you covered with a stylish guide to embracing your years with ferocity, written by Lyn Slater, who started her fashion blog, Accidental Icon, at age 61. It brings her flair, optimism, forward-thinking, and rules-are-meant-to-be-broken attitude to the question of how to live boldly at any age.


10. The Hormone Shift by Tasneem Bhatia, MD

We can’t say enough about this roadmap to hormone health by Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, known as Dr. Taz. As an MD with an East-meets-West approach to women’s health, she breaks down exactly what is happening behind the scenes in your body throughout your life and how almost every aspect of health is connected to hormones—from metabolism to mental health. It’s a blueprint for feeling great at any age.


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