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8 Books by Women Who Reinvented Themselves 

If necessity is the mother of invention, impeding irrelevance is the mother of reinvention. And nobody knows reinvention like women in their 40s and 50s. Whether you’re looking for a little self-help, a bit of inspiration, or just a few laughs along the way, you’ll find them in this list of books by women who began again.

It Ain't Over by Marlo Thomas

It Aint Over … Till Its Over, by Marlo Thomas

Actress, activist, and author Marlo Thomas introduces 60 women who prove that it’s never too late to launch a business, lose weight, discover a hidden talent, escape a dangerous relationship, fall in love, or do something new. (You hear that?)

I've Been Thinking by Maria Shriver

Ive Been Thinking, by Maria Shriver

“It’s time. Time to rethink everything. How do I know that? Call it a woman’s intuition. Call it my gut. All I know is that I feel it deep in my soul.” That’s a quote from a 2017 post on Maria Shriver’s blog. Her new book will help you do just that.

The New Old Me by Meredith Maran

The New Old Me, by Meredith Maran

When Meredith Maran loses her life savings, best friend, and marriage, she decides to transform her life. This funny, smart, feisty author executes a Plan B that shows that it’s never too late to try something new, even against all odds.

Happier Than a Billionaire by Nadine Pisani

Happier Than a Billionaire, by Nadine Pisani

Fed up with her life, Nadine Pisani quit her job and moved to Costa Rica — a place ranked one of the happiest on Earth. The red-tape-riddled risk yielded a book filled with zingy one-liners and inspiration for anyone who has ever wanted to ditch it all and begin again someplace else.

Life Reimagined by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Life Reimagined, by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Barbara Bradley Hagerty pauses “to evaluate how to move forward in life.” Letting neurology, psychology, biology, genetics, and sociology — as well as her own experiences — inform her, she redraws the map and plots a new course of midlife renewal and refocus.

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron

I Remember Nothing, by Nora Ephron

Beloved writer Nora Ephron wrote this book when she was 69 and facing a new cancer diagnosis. With her usual wit and insight, she tackles the big topics: what it’s like to age and what it means to live.

Lots of Candles by Anna Quindlen

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, by Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen’s memoir celebrates passage into middle age with wise, candid observations about sex, politics, religion, and enduring friendships. She cuts through the usual clutter with essays that induce aha moments.

It's Never Too Late by Julia Cameron

It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again, by Julia Cameron

She guided us through The Artist’s Way, so of course we turn to Julia Cameron to answer “What’s next?” Her spring 2016 release is a 12-week course designed to help you discover creativity and meaning anew.

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