Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis

Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis Review

When Ada Calhoun found herself in the throes of a midlife crisis, she thought that she had no right to complain. She was married with children and a good career. So why did she feel miserable? And why did it seem that other Generation X women were miserable, too?

Calhoun decided to find some answers. She looked into housing costs, HR trends, credit card debt averages, and divorce data. At every turn, she saw a pattern: sandwiched between the Boomers and the Millennials, Gen X women were facing new problems as they entered middle age, problems that were being largely overlooked.

Speaking with women across America about their experiences as the generation raised to “have it all,” Calhoun found that most were exhausted, terrified about money, under-employed, and overwhelmed. Instead of being heard, they were told instead to lean in, take “me-time,” or make a chore chart to get their lives and homes in order.

In Why We Can’t Sleep, Calhoun opens up the cultural and political contexts of Gen X’s predicament and offers solutions for how to pull oneself out of the abyss—and keep the next generation of women from falling in. The result is reassuring, empowering, and essential reading for all middle-aged women, and anyone who hopes to understand them.

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  • Elyse  Walters

    Sleepy?Cant sleep?Wonder about others sleeping habits? The author primarily focuses on Generation X women....but....if you find yourself awake in the middle of the night ....you wont feel alone after ...

  • Bkwmlee

    3.5 starsSelf-help books have always been a bit of a hit and miss for me, which is why Im very selective when it comes to choosing books from this genre to read. Of course, first and foremost, the sub...

  • Cari

    I was lucky to receive an early copy of this book from Edelweiss. I have read a lot of books about women in today's society, but never one that examined the problem from a generational lens. I did my ...

  • P.S.G. Lopes

    ***I cannot believe I was blessed to read this AMAZING book before it was formally released. I was invited to read this book through #NetGalley. ***Ada Calhouns Why We Cant Sleep has become my bible, ...

  • Angela

    "Boomers deserve full credit for blazing trails while facing unchecked sexism and macroaggressions and for trying to raise children while giving up their own dreams. But Gen Xers entered life with "ha...

  • Alicia Bayer

    I've finally finished this book, which is basically a pity dump for upper middle-class 40-something, privileged white women. Wow, what a lot of navel gazing and self absorption. The author finished wr...

  • Mehrsa

    I loved Calhoun's book about wedding toasts. This one felt forced to me. I could not relate more to a book--I am gen x also struggling with sleep. But I am not sure the answers in here are right--or a...

  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition

    Every woman between 40 - 60 years old should read this book!It is so well researched, realistic and affirming - for all of us who feel we should not be allowed to be happy unless we are living perfect...

  • Leslie Lindsay

    A searing exploration of stresses that keep GenX women up at night (literally and metaphorically), I raced through this book, which completely resonated. So, so grateful to have received an early copy...

  • Sherri Thacker

    You come to this place, midlife. You dont know how you get here, but suddenly youre staring 50 in the face! Yes this was me 6 years ago when i turned the big 5-0 and I knew this book was written about...