Of course these books can be read by anyone at any age, but I was drawn to them because they are written by and for midlife women. Each one has different theme and I hope you will enjoy one or all of them!
Yoga for Life by Colleen Saidman Yee
The book is both a memoir and a guide to get started in Yoga. I thoroughly enjoyed it as I’m close in age to Saidman and also have an addictive personality. The book is brutally honest and relatable and takes us through the life of a supermodel turned yogini. She doesn’t hide that she grew up with low self-esteem and making self-defeating choices. She still suffers from epilepsy and is coming to terms with being closer to 60 than 50. Her journey through life and yoga is inspiring for any woman of a certain age.
Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+ by Andrea Q. Robinson
I first read about this book on the New York Times when I was about to launch Viva Fifty. Written by a former beauty editor, the book presents all kinds of insider tidbits about what goes on behind the scenes in magazines. Like, the editor’s beauty picks are often based on the brand that pays more dollars for ad space. I don’t agree completely with tossing the gloss after 50 (I wear it!) but I thoroughly enjoyed this witty book.
Restoring Flexibility: A Gentle Yoga-Based Practice to Increase Mobility at Any Age by Andrea Gilats
Written by the creator of Third Age Yoga, a community-based teaching practice. The book is perfect for people in their fifties, sixties and beyond as it is customized to address issues for each decade. It’s also ideal for those wanting to ease into or back into yoga to improve posture, regain flexibility and enjoy other activities such as dancing or walking. I gifted my copy to my stylist who will soon be turning 60.
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Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting with Your Aging Parents through Travel by Valerie Grubb
I had the pleasure to blurb this book, which covers everything you need to know if you have wanderlust and parents of a certain age who want to travel with you! It’s an entertaining and informative read. If you ask me, travel keeps us young. So whether you want your adult children to take you places or you are the one wanting to show your progenitors the world, this book is for you!
Beauty Rewind by Taylor Chang-Babaian
Written by a top makeup artist with over 20 years of experience bringing out the beauty in her clients, this book is a must-read for any woman interested in putting her best face forward, no matter what her age. I love that the book features women in their thirties and also in their sixties. It is about learning to make the most of your skin and features at every decade. I really enjoyed the tips for applying makeup when you have say, hooded lids, which I do. Great info!
A Healthy You: Boost Your Energy, Live Cleaner, and Look and Feel Younger Every Day by Carol Alt
I grew up seeing Carol Alt on the cover of teen magazines. She is certainly ageing gracefully so I wanted to know the secret to her fabulous skin. In this book you will find her advice on eating raw food and living a mindful lifestyle that takes into account the body, mind and soul. This book is for women who are intent on living a clean and healthy lifestyle