#TheHouseBookClub ~ Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis, by Ada Calhoun

Alright, show of hands: how many of you just clicked on this event based on the book title alone?! 


We picked the book based on the title alone... so you're in good company! "Sleepless in Cedar Rapids" is a regular way of life for a lot of us local boss babes, amiright?! Ugh. So let's read & talk about our new midlife crisis. Over wine. & with great company. 


A generation-defining examination of the new midlife crisis facing Gen X women and the unique circumstances that have brought them to this point, Why We Can't Sleep is a lively successor to Passages by Gail Sheehy and The Defining Decade by Meg Jay.  

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 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 expected to "have it all", Calhoun found that most were exhausted, terrified about money, under-employed, and overwhelmed. Instead of their issues being heard, they were told 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 from falling in. The result is reassuring, empowering, and essential listening for all middle-aged women, and anyone who hopes to understand them. 


Want to join us?! We'd love to have you... &, we're giving you options for snagging your copy of the book!

to purchase a physical copy -> SHOP HERE!

to purchase the Audible exclusiver -> SHOP HERE!




*ticket IS REQUIRED for this event, so we can have an accurate headcount!