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Why We Can't Sleep


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A thoughtful deep dive into the factors of modern life that are keeping women up at night, and why women who supposedly 'have it all' are facing a midlife crisis, from the bestselling author of Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give.

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Ada Calhoun has written for the New York Times, New York Magazine and the New York Post. She is the author of Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give and St. Marks Is Dead, which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice and a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year.


'Ada Calhoun's soulful investigation into the complex landscape women in midlife face today is downright stunning. Calhoun has captured the voices-some broken, some resilient, many barely staying afloat-of over 200 women from around the country and in doing so, shown us how much we share in divisive times. You will recognise yourself in these pages, breathe a sigh of relief, and think, I'm not alone.' * Susannah Cahalan, author of the New York Times bestselling Brain on Fire *
'Helping women realise that some difficulty, some confusion, is not just all in their mind is probably one of your more feminist acts, and the impressive amount of research Ada Calhoun did on the very specific forces, past and present, that are bedeviling Gen X women as they face the strange period that is midlife is just that kind of gift. But the other gift is that she writes with clear sight, compassion and hope about our very specific talents and tenacity. Which means: this book is a thousand times more healing than a jadeite egg!' * Carlene Bauer, author of Not That Kind of Girl *
'This is the book of our generation. Ada Calhoun brilliantly encapsulates the struggle and confusion that is the Gen X woman's experience in middle age. And by placing this condition into the context of the generations coming before and after, she makes sense of how it is that we're so surprised that we have failed at having it all. Heavily researched, expertly paced and seamlessly woven together, Why We Can't Sleep provides an 'aha' moment that at once validates our experience and establishes a sense of community and hope.' * Janet Krone Kennedy, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, author of The Good Sleeper and founder of NYC Sleep Doctor *
'Calhoun's essential premise is highly persuasive...She's a funny, smart, compassionate narrator.' * New York Times *
'An empowering read for Gen X women, as well as future generations.' * Happy Mag *
'[Calhoun's] book offers validation and empathy...relevant for all generations.' * Big Issue *
'Through meticulous research and poignant and relatable interviews, Calhoun paints a disturbing picture of Gen X women.' * Age *

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