Two riveting new memoirs offer good girl/bad girl takes on midlife marriage. It’s all here: regrets, rewards, restlessness, ambivalence, comfort, sex, sexual fantasies. And maybe sexual dalliance.
Arts & Culture
Playwright Ayun Halliday wrote Zamboni Godot as a female-only take off on Samuel Beckett’s classic that explores inertia at midlife. Here’s the backstory on the play and the novice middle-age actresses who stepped out of their comfort zones to take part.
As we pop corks to celebrate graduations and weddings, let’s toast the first modern businesswoman, the one who gave us the iconic champagne: Veuve Clicquot. Marion Winik, one of her many loyal fans, recalls a pilgrimage she made to the Veuve’s hometown.
Jennifer Clement’s fiction often focuses on human rights, and now the acclaimed novelist is taking on the gritty real-life work of protecting freedom of expression and promoting the writing of female authors around the world.
Traditionally, TV turns anyone in range of retirement age into the butt of jokes. But in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, the older years are exciting, energizing, even sexy. And yes, very funny.
How do you recover from your husband’s sudden death? Sheryl Sandberg recounts her struggle in the follow up to her bestseller Lean In and comes off as more sympathetic, more real.
Kathy Murphy has faced plenty of setbacks: job loss, divorce, money problems. But each woe has prompted her to reimagine her life and renew her passion for books and reading. And oh yeah, the movie deal didn’t hurt.
The new series Feud on FX is the latest bit of entertainment to exploit catfighting among professional women. Though it makes for high drama, this kind of power struggle is rarely good for any of us.
We call them The Pushers—women who are pushing themselves in new directions and toward new passions. We hope that through their inspiration in this regular feature, they’ll push you to take a leap of your own—or maybe just a small first step. Who knows where you’ll end up? Margot Guralnick found her new path on…well, a real path—her dog-walking path.