Ada Calhoun: Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis (A FAN Event)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network as they welcome Ada Calhoun to discuss her new book, Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis. Ms. Calhoun will be interviewed by Deborah Siegel-Acevedo, author and founder of the Bold Voice Collaborative. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Why We Can't Sleep from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Calhoun that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: Ada Calhoun’s instant New York Times bestseller  Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis was one of the most anticipated books of the year for Vogue, the New York Times, Parade, O Magazine, Real Simple, and Book Riot, and arrives in paperback in January 2021. A timely exploration of the new midlife crisis facing Gen X women, Why We Can't Sleep resonated with women across America and ignited conversations among friends, family, and coworkers that confirmed that it wasn’t just them: many middle-class women across America were feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated, and at odds with what they’d been told all their lives—that they could “have it all.”

Calhoun spoke with women across America and 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 the Millennials, Gen X women were facing new problems as they entered middle age, problems that were being largely overlooked. Instead of being heard, they were told instead 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 of women from falling in.

Since the hardcover edition of  Why We Can’t Sleep came out in January 2020, the world has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the paperback edition, Ada has updated her introduction to reflect the current state of America. In the new material, Calhoun celebrates the community of women brought together by this book and addresses how the COVID-19 pandemic has had a unique effect on Gen X women: some women saw the pandemic as “an inevitable next chapter” and that the other shoe had finally dropped; others felt as though their enormous daily stressors had oddly prepared them for this moment; and yet others saw this as an opportunity to start fresh and redefine what “having it all” looks like for American women. The paperback also includes a Q&A with Ada and discussion questions for readers, so that Gen X women can continue to use this book as a way to build a community to support one another.

About the Author: Ada Calhoun's book Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give was named one of the top ten mem­oirs of 2017 and called ​“real­is­tic, lov­ing, laugh-out-loud fun­ny” (Pub­lish­ers Week­ly); ​“grace­ful, hilar­i­ous” (Library Jour­nal); ​“engag­ing, wise, love­ly” (Kirkus); ​“orig­i­nal, engross­ing” (New York Times Book Review); and ​“warm-heart­ed, Ephron-esque” (Wash­ing­ton Post). Mod­ern Love pub­lished the book’s first ser­i­al excerpt as ​“To Stay Mar­ried, Embrace Change;” it reached #1 on the Most Emailed list. The book was fea­tured twice on the Today show and named a ​“Hot Book” by Star. Cal­houn’s last two non­fic­tion books were the New York City his­to­ry St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street, and the mem­oir Wed­ding Toasts I’ll Nev­er Give.


Event date: 

Monday, February 1, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802148575
Availability: Not on hand, usually available within 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - January 19th, 2021

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?