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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Atlas Narrator: James Atlas Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What is the most baffling period in our lives? Not childhood, not old age, but the decades of our 40s and 50s, the period now generously known as middle age. It's both an occasion for regret and an opportunity for coming to terms, the moment when we come up against our limits and discover, for better and worse, who we are.

My Life in the Middle Ages is a portrait of what that unnerving experience is like. A collection of unified pieces about the pleasures and pathos that attend the threshold of old age, it charts an original course between reportage and confession. Drawn from the author's own life, from the testimony of parents, children, teachers, and friends, from the books he's read and the life that he chose, and that chose him, My Life in the Middle Ages is a comic and poignant memoir that's both personal and generational.

Whether he is struggling with God (or trying to find out if he believes in one), celebrating the books he's loved and regretting those he'll never read, leafing through the snapshots in his family album and marveling at the passage of time, or parsing the fine points of success and failure, James Atlas is always alert to the surprises of everyday life.

At once pensive and funny, lighthearted and profound, My Life in the Middle Ages is a tale of survival, but also a meditation on how it feels to flourish, and how to live.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karen | 11/20/2013

    " A Holderness bookgroup read...ended up skim reading the last half just so I could say I read it...or tried at least! Just didn't like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike | 9/18/2013

    " This is a memoir/rumination on the author's life at fifty-ish. Starts out well recounting his parents and ends well but there are some digressions and chapters that just didn't interest me (like his chapter on great books that he's read and has not read). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jgknobler | 5/5/2013

    " Personal essays by a member of my very own social class, married to a woman I knew slightly in college. I admire Atlas's frankness and particularly appreciated his chapter on feelings of failure and envy and not living up to potential. I hope he's feeling better now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maureen Flatley | 3/30/2013

    " A wonderful, self effacing collection of essays....very reminiscent of Adam Gopnik, whose writing I love. "

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