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55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life

55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life

After being forced to re-enter the workforce in her mid-fifties, the author describes how to survive the new normal of being financially insecure at an advanced age.

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ISBN 9781501196805
Barcode 9781501196805
Published 1 February 2019 by Simon & Schuster
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By White, Elizabeth
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ISBN-13 9781501196805
ISBN-10 1501196804
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Imprint Simon & Schuster
Publication Date 1 February 2019
International Publication Date 8 January 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By White, Elizabeth
Category Personal Finance
Retirement
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 361g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Old age, Age and employment, Retirement, Retirement - Planning
NBS Text Self Improvement: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 332.02400844
Catalogue Code 963292

Description of this Book

For the millions of people in their fifties and sixties who find themselves out of work, unable to find a job, and financially incapable of retiring, here's a practical plan for getting past any blame or shame, overcoming denial, and finding a path to a new normal. Elizabeth White has an impressive resume, which includes advanced degrees from Harvard and Johns Hopkins and a distinguished employment history. She started a business that failed and then tried to re-enter the work force in her mid-fifties, only to learn that there is little demand for workers her age, even with her outstanding resume. Her retirement savings account was largely depleted by her business. For a while Elizabeth lived in denial, but then had to begin to adjust to her new reality, shedding the gym membership, getting a roommate, forgoing restaurant meals, and so on. She soon learned she wasn't alone: there are millions of Americans in her predicament and worse, exhausted trying to survive and overcome every day. In 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal, Elizabeth invites you to join her in looking beyond your immediate surroundings and circumstances to what is possible in the new normal of financial insecurity. You're in your fifties and sixties, like Elizabeth, and may have saved nothing or not nearly enough to retire. It's too late for blame or shame--and it wouldn't help anyway. What you want to know is what you can do now to have a shot at a decent retirement. Or, as Elizabeth puts it, small up to create the best possible life on less income. Affirming and empowering, this book is a must-have for anyone whose income has suddenly diminished or even disappeared. With more than 100 online resources, it guides you through the emotional aspects of where you've landed and offers practical advice and options. If you're ready to stop beating up on yourself and get serious about feeling good again, this book is for you.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This relevant and well-researched book will appeal not only to those 55 plus, but to the generation coming right behind them who may face similar issues. * Booklist (starred review) * Every so often someone names an invisible pattern in society with such honesty and accuracy that it becomes a seed of a national conversation. Elizabeth White has brought to light the unexpected challenges of Boomers turning the corner into older age. She offers straight talk to her generation while giving everyone an eye-opening look at the travails of aging out of relevance in America. -- Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life and Blessing the Hands That Feed Us

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Author's Bio

Elizabeth White is an author and aging solutions advocate for older adults facing uncertain work and financial insecurity. Most recently she served as Special Advisor to the Executive Director of Senior Service America. Before joining SSA, she was the Chief Operating Officer of a midsize non-profit focused on improving economic conditions in Africa. She is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded and led a chain of decorative home stores in Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York. She began her career in international development at the World Bank. Ms. White earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Political Science from Oberlin College. A self-described army brat, she grew up in various countries in Europe and North Africa. She resides in Washington, DC with her daughter and grandson. She is the author of 55, Unemployed, and Faking Normal.

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