Thursday, February 11, 2021

Fear of Fifty by Erica Jong -- A Birthday BOOK BEGINNING



Hello 55! It's my double nickel birthday this week! 

I'm celebrating all week with cozy at-home festivities, since restaurants aren't open in Portland anyway and on top of corona lockdown we are gearing up for a big snowstorm. They predict five to ten inches of snow and the last time we had real snow like that, Portland shut down for two weeks! We stocked up on groceries and are ready to hibernate until it melts. 

So let's share some book beginnings. Please share the opening sentence or so of the book you are featuring this week. Share your link below. If you post on social media, please use the #bookbeginnigns hashtag. 


As part of the celebration of my 55th birthday, I'm finally reading Fear of Fifty, Erica Jong's "Midlife Memoir," published in 1994.  

So there I am at the spa with Molly, facing my fiftieth birthday, and feeling hideously depressed. I am no longer the youngest person in the room, nor the cutest.

My mom gave me Fear of Fifty when I turned 50 -- makes sense -- but I forgot to read it then. Just as good now! So candid, warm, enthusiastic, and honest. I love, love, love this book.


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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


From Fear of Fifty:
Now, you have to know that my father is the kind of guy who never has lunch with me alone because he thinks my mother might be jealous. If we meet during the week – which may happen every seventeen years or so – we snatch lunch at a greasy spoon like rushed adulterers.
I look forward to finish reading Fear of Fifty in front of the fireplace this weekend, with a warm beverage and a snuggly blanket. What are your weekend plans?

My other birthday week activities included:

  • Watching that lawyer cat filter video about 5,500 times!
  • Recording an episode of the Great Trials podcast about our BSA sex abuse cases, particularly a big trial here in Portland that resulted in the public release of the BSA’s “Perversion Files” on child molesters. I believe transparency about child sexual abuse is important, so I am always glad for the opportunity to talk about this tough subject..
  • Texted and FaceTimed with friends and family wishing me happy birthday. Definitely the highlight of my week!


  1. I loved this book, and I'm a fan of the author.

  2. I haven't heard of this book before. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. Have a great weekend!

  3. I never read this one. I really should add it to my wishlist.

  4. Happy Birthday!! :) :)

    I can't remember what it was like to be 55,it was so long ago!!

    We had snow last week, but in nothing like the quantities you are expecting, we save that for Scotland and the north of England, down here in the south a few flurries are enough to get us excited!

    Your featured book this time probably isn't one for me, although the relationship Erica has with her parents sounds like a strong bond, which is lovely, as I had lost both of my parents by that age.

    Enjoy the read and your cozy celebrations and Stay Safe

    Yvonne xx

  5. Happy Birthday!

    We've had snow here in the north of England since Monday -about 5 inches of the white powdery kind that is frozen and looks set to stay for a while.It looks like a winter wonderland - glad I don't have to go out anywhere.

    I haven't read your book but I hope you're enjoying it snuggled up in front of the fire.

  6. Happy birthday! I hope you have a great one. I'm so glad the book you featured was a gift from your mom. It's always nice when family members see you love to read and encourage it!

  7. Happy birthday! Have a great birthday weekend!

  8. Happy Birthday! Stay safe and warm, Gillion. I hope the snow doesn't cause too many problems. Fear of Fify sounds like a good read. I should add it to my wish list. Fifty is coming sooner than I want it to. Have a great weekend!


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