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Give the Gift of Books – 53 Midlife Women Authors

If there’s one thing  many of our readers all seem to have in common it’s a love of reading.  From romance to murder mysteries, self-help to relationship advice, we read a lot!


Give the Gift of Books - 53 Midlife Women Authors

Many of our community members and Midlife Boulevard contributors have written books. We’re very excited to share this extensive (though by no means complete!) list of books written by women like you. We’re sure there’s something on this list that you’ll want to read, or give as a gift this holiday season.

Books listed by author’s last name. Links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase this website will make a little money.


Midlife Cabernet – Elaine Ambrose

Fascinating Rhythm  |  Howdunit: Book of Poisons – Anne Louise Bannon

Single Past 50 Now What? – Tammy Bleck

Baylyn, Bewitched  |  Cat, Charmed – Christine Cacciatore

Midlife Magic: Becoming the Person YOU are Inside  |  How To Believe In Love Again  |  Find Your Reason to Be Here: The Search For Meaning in Midlife  |  Feel Like a Loser? What To DO When You Don’t Have a Clue! Laura Lee Carter

SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave – Patty Chang Anker

Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal  – Ava Chin

Shake, Rattle & Roll With It. Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s – Vikki Claflin

Give the Gift of Books

Red Circle Days – Leonor Carrosquilla

I Was In Love With a Short Man Once |  Voices From Smith Mountain Lake (Anthology) –  Kim Dalferes

Breathe   |  Shimmer  |  Exhale – Elena Dillon

5 Minute Love Stories  (Anthology) – Beverly Diehl, Janie Emaus

Who Stole My Spandex? Midlife Musings From a Middle-Aged MILF – Marcia Kester Doyle

The Essential Fiverr Buyer’s Guide: How Smart Buyers Find& Attract Top Talent, Get Great Results and Save Tons of Time & Money  – Dina Eisenberg

Before and After  |  Mercury in Retro Love  |  You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth (Anthology)  Scary Mommy’s Guide to the Holidays (anthology)  – Janie Emaus

Beautiful Skin: Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age (co-authored) – Estelle Sobel Erasmus


Living Simple, Free & Happy – Cristin Frank

Tao Flashes, A Woman’s Way to Navigating the Midlife Journey with Integrity, Harmony and Grace – Lisa Froman

Everyday Prayers – Wrapping My Fears in Wonder – Paula SK Gardner

What the Hell Happened to Me? The Truth About Menopause and Beyond – Ellen Goldberg

The Findhorn Book Of Practical Spirituality  |  Finding Grace–A Transformational Journey  |  Selling Your Own Home In California  |  Simple * SMART & Happy  – Kathy Gottberg

Gift of Books

Ultimate Booty Workouts – Tamara Grand

Lighter as We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and Aging – Mindy Greenstein

Flourish Beyond 50:Your Path to Vibrant Living – Judy Boyd Griffin

FemFusion Fitness for Intimacy – Brianne Grogan

My Other Ex, Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends (Anthology) – Alyson Herzig, Estelle Sobel Erasmus, Linda Wolff

Beautiful Betsy  |  Summer in Martinstown  – Jo Heroux

The Open-Hearted Way to Adoption – Lori Holden

Rewarding Pursuits Joely Howard (Smith)

Give Yourself a Raise in 21 Days  – Terri Husbands

Best Gift of Books - Women Authors

A Texan Goes to Nirvana – Kelly Jackson

Chosen Quarry – Jenny Kanevsky

Mom PhD.-A Simple Six Step Course on Leadership for Moms  |  Mozart for a Mother’s Soul-A gift book for moms  |  The Knot at the End of Your Rope-10 Ways to Hold On When You Are Stressed Out – Teresa Kindred

Lullabies & Alibis – Stephanie Lewis

The LAST Snowman  |  Motherhood  |  Pickleweasel  – JC Little

People I Want to Punch in the Throat  |  I Just Want to Pee Alone  (anthology)  |  I Just Want to Be Alone (anthology) – Jen Mann

Science of Parenthood The Big Book of Parenting Tweets – Norine Dworkin McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler

Bristol boyz Stomp – Doreen McGettigan

Home Sweet Hardwood – Pat McKinzie

What to give as a gift of books

The Ultimate Guide to Handling Every Disagreement Every Time  |  Stop The Drama! The Ultimate Guide to Female Teams  – Robyn Odegaard

The Last Day for Rob Rhino – Kathleen O’Donnell

Zero to Sixty in One Year  |  Writin’ on Empty (anthology)  – Risa Nye

Not Your Mother’s Book On Being A Mom (anthology)- Lucia Paul, Linda Wolff

Not Your Mother’s Book on Home Improvement (anthology)  |  Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness- Funny Stories by Sleepy Moms (anthology) – Lucia Paul

Clash of the Couples  |  The Mother of All Meltdowns – Crystal Ponti

Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads: True Stories of Friends, Family, and Financial Ruin – Valerie Rind

The Neurotic Parent’s Guide to College Admissions – JD Rothman

Dakota Blues  |  Middle-Aged Crazy: Short Stories of Midlife and Beyond  – Lynne Spreen

A to Z: 26 Keys to Unlock Career Change Success for Midlife Women – Diane Topkis

Empowered Women of Social Media: 44 Women found their “Voices” using the Power of Social Networking (Volume 1) (Anthology) – Audrey Van Pentegem

Tornado Warning, A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on a Woman’s Life – Elin Waldal

Golden Angels: A Pet Loss Memoir – Stephanie Weaver

Sharon Greenthal

Sharon's blog, Empty House Full Mind, focuses on observations of the world from the midlife empty nest. Sharon is the Young Adults Expert on Sharon writes for the Huffington Post and Purple Clover. Sharon is the mother of two grown children - a daughter, 26 and a son, 24. She lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and their perfect dog, Lambeau. Instagram: sharongreenthal

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Bianca S

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Such a fantastic compilation of books here! Thanks for posting these for your readers :) I have to add a book to this list!! I just finished the funniest book that I'd like to recommend called "Revenge of the Cube Dweller" by Joanne Fox Phillips ( I read it for my book club and we all LOVED it. The book focuses on a former rich, socialite named Tanzie, who's husband left her for a younger woman, was cheated out of a divorce settlement, and seems to be going nowhere fast. She decides to take matters into her own hands by digging through the dirt of the corporation where she is employed. I don't want to give too much away but this book really delivered. It made me laugh, it's inspiring, entertaining, and a lot of fun! I hope you will check it out :)


Thursday 18th of December 2014

I know many of these authors just from their blogs. This is great to know and read their great talents!!!

Elaine Ambrose

Thursday 18th of December 2014

Thanks for including me in this amazing list. Books are always the best presents - especially books written by midlife women!


Tuesday 16th of December 2014

What a list! Thanks for including the Neurotic Parent.


Thursday 11th of December 2014

Wow! Looks like I will have lots of great reading for the holidays. Thanks for including me in this fabulous.

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