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  • Love and Trouble

  • A Midlife Reckoning
  • By: Claire Dederer
  • Narrated by: Claire Dederer
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Claire Dederer is a happily married mother of two, ages nine and 12, when she suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through a kind of erotic reawakening. This exuberant memoir shifts between her present experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of mysterious new hungers and herself as a teenager - when she last experienced life with such heightened sensitivity and longing.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This was a waste of my time and added no value.

  • By Deborah on 01-03-18

This was a waste of my time and added no value.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-18

The story narrowed the world rather than broadening it. What it discussed is not new. I'd suggest (unasked for of course) that the author find something to be about that is bigger than her own ego, a past life, or the chip on her shoulder. I forced myself to finish the book on speed 3x so I could lay it to rest.

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  • Beyond Measure

  • Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation
  • By: Vicki Abeles
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

From the director of Race to Nowhere, the popular 2010 documentary on our education system that has become a long-running grassroots phenomenon, and a new film, Beyond Measure, comes a groundbreaking audiobook for parents, students, and educators on how to revolutionize learning, prioritize children's health, and reenvision success for a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Purpose over Performance

  • By Deborah on 01-23-17

Purpose over Performance

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-17

in the 80's, I grew up living the childhood the author describes. AP classes, SAT prep courses, every possible club that would pad my college application. Going to bed at 11 p.m. and waking up at 4 a.m. to be a student body officer, cheerleader, etc. - all in rural Idaho, where you would think a race to nowhere wouldn't prevail. It all shattered when my father was paralyzed from the neck down just prior to the spring break of my freshman year at Cal Berkeley (my parents had refused to pay for an Ivy League schooll). I've been on a journey to find more purpose ever since. Even at age 46, I still struggle with letting go of performance as an identity formed at childhood is difficult to conquer. Accolades to the author as I appreciate knowing I'm not alone in no longer buying into America's narrow vision of success. I transferred to University of Idaho for my Junior year (resulting in no Cal diploma) and while I later obtained a law degree from the U of U, I chose not to practice law as I didn't find fulfillment through traditional practice. I now have my own business development/ coaching firm, with a focus on purpose. I found a private school in Boise, Idaho for my children that supports the whoke child development the author speaks of. I absolutely love my life and do not regret the more purposeful, but seemingly risky, choices I made.