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In this honest and tender collection of essays, award-winning memoirist Michele Weldon asks what it means to be a mature woman seeking a life of purpose and meaning through work, family, and relationships. Facing ageism and invisibility within popular culture, Weldon examines the effects of raising children, striving for applause, failing expectations, forming new friendships, reconciling lost dreams, and restoring one’s faith. With sincerity and humor, she unwraps family traditions, painting classes, lap swimming, dress codes, and career disappointments. She addresses white privilege and her evolving understanding of racism. And she asks crucial questions about mortality, finding connection in writing and stories.
Frank, eloquent, and daring, Weldon dissects the intricacies of life, journeying toward self-discovery as a mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Readers of any age or gender will recognize the universal experience of learning to accept oneself and asking essential questions—even if there are no easy answers.
“Michele Weldon has written a graceful, poignant, and wise collection of essays exploring the issues so many women examine as they age and their lives change. Weldon’s interweaving of her personal history with her observations on contemporary American politics, culture, and family life make Act Like You’re Having a Good Time a very special read.” —Rebecca Sive, author of Vote Her In: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President
“To read Act Like You’re Having a Good Time is to fall in love with Michele Weldon. You want to spend as much time as you can in her company. Wise, silly, down-to-earth and real, these essays fit you like your favorite slippers. This book is just what we need these days.” —Jane Isay, author of Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today
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• Local library and bookstore events: Oak Park Public Library, City Lit, in conversation with Heidi Stevens, Bookends & Beginnings, in conversation with Megan Stielstra
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