40 Things To Do When You Turn 40 is an inspiring, informative, and varied collection of forty essays speaks directly to the reader who has or will soon turn forty. Readers will find essays that are practical,
covering subjects like health care, fitness, finance, and business, as well as essays that are more reflective, whimsical, reassuring, or just plain laugh-out-loud funny. This book will answer that burning question that every forty year old confronts: Now what do I do? Here are forty ideas to get you started.
Alex Kuczynski writes for the New York Times, contributing to the Styles section, Book Review, and Magazine. She worked as a reporter for the Times for nine years, covering such wide-ranging topics as Botox, Britney Spears, and Buddhism. Her book, Beauty Junkies: Inside our $15 Billion Obsession with Cosmetic Surgery, (2006) won rave reviews for its reporting, lively writing style, and insight. Ms. Kuczynski has also written for Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Allure.
Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels SisterMine, Coal Run, and Back Roads, which was an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Her most recent release, Sister Mine, has garnered rave reviews for its black humor, tenderness, and keen
sense of place.
David Tutera is a leading entertaining expert whose primetime television series, Party Planning with David Tutera airs on the Discovery Home Channel. Honored in 2006 by Modern Bride Magazine as one of the Top 25 Trendsetters of The Year, Tutera is the author of several entertaining books and has an impressive client list including Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Elton John, Vice-President Gore, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others.
Lisa Renstrom is executive director of Sierra Club. Her fascinating story of rising in this organization begins with her work and enthusiasm as a volunteer in her home state of North Carolina. Through her early grass roots participation to her spearheading of local and regional action plans, Ms.
Renstrom has a remarkable story to share.
Dean Haspiel is the author of super-psychedelic romances and semi-autobiographical comics. He was nominated for a 2002 Eisner award for “Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition,” and a 2003 Ignatz award for “Outstanding Artist.” He collaborated with Harvey Pekar on The Quitter, The Escapist, and Vertigo’s relaunch of American Splendor. Dean recently completed his first online graphic novel, Immortal, and is currently drawing the sequel, Fear My Dear, for the online comix studio/anthology, ACT-IVATE. Spring 2008 should see the release of The Alcoholic, an original graphic novel collaboration with author Jonathan Ames from Vertigo.
Thanks to the generosity of the authors, all of whom provided essays on a pro-bono basis, the royalties generated from the sale of Forty Things to Do When You Turn Forty, Fifty Things To Do When You Turn Fifty and Sixty Things To Do When You Turn Sixty will be donated to nonprofit organizations dedicated to preventing and curing cancer.