Fifteen powerful women and writers you know and love—from the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, and the Atlantic—offer captivating, intimate, and candid explorations about what it’s really like turning forty—and that the best is yet to come.
The big 4-0. Like eighteen and twenty-one, this is a major and meaningful milestone our lives—especially for women. Turning forty is a poignant doorway between youth and...what comes after; a crossroads to reflect on the roads taken and not, and the paths yet before you. The decade that follows is ripe for nostalgia, inspiration, wisdom, and personal growth.

In this dazzling collection, fifteen writers explore this rich phase in essays that are profound, moving, and above all, brimming with joie de vivre. With a diverse array of voices—including Veronica Chambers, Meghan Daum, Kate Bolick, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Sloane Crosley, KJ Dell’Antonia, Julie Klam, Jessica Lahey, Catherine Newman, Sujean Rim, Jena Schwartz, Sophfronia Scott, Allison Winn Scotch, Lee Woodruff, and Jill Kargman—On Being 40(ish) offers across a range of universal themes—friendship, independence, sex, beauty, aging, wisdom, and the passage of time.

On Being 40(ish) reflects the hopes, fears, challenges and opportunities of a generation. Beautifully designed, this is “a must read for anyone 40ish or beyond...Like a pep talk from your big sister, favorite cousin, and wise best friend” (Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo).

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Same Life, Higher Rent ©2019 Meghan Daum
The People Who Got Me Here ©2019 Julie Klam
It’s a Game of Two Halves ©2019 Veronica Chambers
What We Talk about When We Talk about Our Face ©2019 Good On Paper, Inc.
Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email ©2019 KJ Dell’Antonia
I Became an Actress at Thirty-Nine ©2019 Jill Kargman
Inheritance and Tip of My Tongue ©2019 Jena Schwartz
Adaptation of Life ©2019 Kate Bolick
There’s a Metaphor Here ©2019 Allison Winn Scotch
The Breathtaking Potential of the Attosecond ©2019 Jessica Lahey
Soul Mates: A Timeline in Clothing ©2019 Catherine Newman
Illustration: Tried That, Doing Me ©2019 Sujean Rim
I Don’t Have Time for This ©2019 Sophfronia Scott
Youth Dew ©2019 Lee Woodruff
Quantum Physics for Birthdays ©2019 Stephanie “Taffy” Brodesser-Akner
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