New York Times bestselling author, Christiane Northrup, MD, had this to say about our book:
“Anything that changes the language and beliefs we have about midlife is a really, really good thing—because…our beliefs have a profound effect on our biology and thus our experience. So I love the way you reframe “middle age” to “middlehood.” And also encourage women to tell themselves a new, empowering story. As you say, not a fairy tale– but a truly empowering new story full of possibilities… Bravo. Well done!!”
Dr. Northrup is the world’s leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, and the author of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” and “The Wisdom of Menopause.”
The bold title of Jane Treat and Nancy Geha’s book speaks volumes: Women & Middlehood: Halfway Up the Mountain. First of all, the authors, understanding and honoring the power of language, have chosen to throw the more commonly used term, “middle age” out the window. Instead, they use “Middlehood.” Second, they toss the idea of women from 40-65 as being “over the hill” right out the window. Instead, they stress that they are halfway up the mountain, liberated from many of the misconceptions of youth and ready for whatever new challenges come their way.
“If we think of life as climbing a mountain, then Middlehood begins at the halfway point on its upward trail…we are not done yet, not by a long shot; we also have a future: new dreams, loves, accomplishments, failures, and discoveries waiting to be explored. We are right in the middle and can look with equal ability and enthusiasm in both directions.”
From the book
“We are experienced climbers and guides now and we know how important it is to pace ourselves. We know to savor the precious moments when we can take a break and enjoy the view, because there will surely be challenges and surprises on the mountain trail ahead.”