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Jann Arden - best-selling author, recording artist, and late-blooming TV star - is back with this funny, heartfelt, and fierce memoir on becoming a woman of a certain age. The power, gravity, and freedom she's found at 57 are superpowers she believes all of us can unleash.

Digging deep into her strengths, her failures, and her losses, Jann Arden brings us an inspiring account of how she has surprised herself, in her 50s, by at last becoming completely her own person. Like many women, it took Jann a long time to realize that trying to be pleasing and likeable and beautiful in the eyes of others was a loser's game. Letting it rip, and damning the consequences, is not only liberating, it's a hell of a lot of fun: "Being the age I am - that so many women are - is just the best time of my life." 

Jann weaves her own story together with tales of her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and the father she came close to hating, to show her younger self - and all of us - that fear and avoidance is no way to live. "What I'm thinking about now aren't all the ways I can try to hang on to my youth or all the seconds ticking by in some kind of morbid countdown to death", she writes, "but rather how I keep becoming someone I always hoped I could be. 

If I'm lucky one day a very old face will look back at me from the mirror, a face I once shied away from. I will love that old woman ferociously, because she has finally figured out how to live a life of purpose - not in spite of but because of all her mistakes and failures."

©2020 Jann Arden (P)2020 Random House Canada

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I wish it was longer!!

Jann is such an eloquent writer and storyteller. And FUNNY!! 🤣 As with Feeding My Mother I must go back and write down all the witty, wise words and phrases. Such raw honesty and heart... So good. Jann, your parents are so proud, I am sure. I'd love to sit and share a pot of Earl grey and a plate of carbs with you any day! 💖

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I feel like she is writing my life..my thoughts,

Brilliant work in clear and straightforward style that is 100% authentic. my favorite piece is that it is her telling her story...not someone reading me a story. thankyou Jann.

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Jann Arden is a truth balm

This book is raw and edgy. It’s a beautiful balance of Boldness and vulnerability. He is an excellent read and inspires Authenticity self love, and Hell yes the excellence of the crone!

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Honest, helpful and hilarious.

Couldn’t stop listening to this book. Jann’s narration is captivating. Listening to her narrate this ‘coming of (middle) age’ story was an incredibly relatable experience for me. Her raw, barebones honesty about aging, addiction, and her parents deaths, was incredibly powerful. This is a thought provoking, honest, and self affirming narrative that is both relatable and, at times, laugh out loud hilarious. I will be reading this one again.

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Feeling thankful

Jann's story and wholeheartedness in sharing it resonated with me on so many levels. I'm grateful that I made the time for it.

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Good book!

I actually bought the hard cover of this book before I realized it was in an audible. Having Jann Arden herself narrate the book makes the story of her life more real! I loved it!

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Must read for all females no matter what

Jann hit so many Home runs in this book. Best thing to do is get reading/listening immediately if you are female. If you are a male you can wait 7 days then get going - you have a lot to catch up on!

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Chrones Queen!

I throughly enjoyed this book! There are identifiable moments throughout. I could either identify with the story or thought of a dear friend that it pertained to. I am purchasing hard cover copies for my girlfriends this Christmas! I am looking forward to meeting my Chroness!!

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Lisa

Thank you for sharing 💜 I am a firm believer in speaking about difficult things in our lives. It helps others who have, are, or inevitably will face trying times. You are an amazing role model 🙏

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Wise!

I appreciate it the wisdom in this book. Jann is funny and wise and real!