• Midlife Bites

  • Anyone Else Falling Apart, or Is It Just Me?
  • By: Jen Mann
  • Narrated by: Jen Mann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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By: Jen Mann
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Publisher's Summary

A smart, personal, darkly funny examination of what it’s like to be a woman at the crossroads of a midlife crisis, from the New York Times best-selling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat

“I inhaled this book in one sitting; it’s a must-read for anyone over 40. This should become the gift all girlfriends give one another.” (Zibby Owens, host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books)

Jen Mann had what appeared to be the perfect life: a successful career as a best-selling author and award-winning blogger, a devoted husband, teenage kids who weren’t total jerks, and a badass minivan. So imagine her surprise when, at 47 years old, a midlife crisis kicked her straight in the ladybits.

Midlife Bites offers Jen’s trademark wit and honesty when it comes to important conversations and observations about women in midlife. Here, listeners will be able to come together and find anecdotes and practical ideas to help navigate through this major point in their lives. For women who may feel isolated or overlooked, this collection of original essays offers valuable insights, takeaways, and, most important, a productive way forward. Jen shares her own story as well as advice and wisdom from the online community she built, tackling everything that bites about midlife, where nothing is off-limits: raging hormones; sex (after 40); finding your purpose; learning to make new friends (yes, even as a grown-up); moving out of your comfort zone; having conversations that count, no more small talk; and how to deal with rogue chin hairs (and other nuisances). 

Jen Mann is leading the movement to create a new space where middle-aged women can share openly and honestly with one another. This no-BS collection of essays will help start the conversation and keep it going, because as women, we all have a right to be happy, fulfilled, and whole, no matter what stage of life.

©2022 Jen Mann (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“One part instruction manual (or maybe destruction manual?), one part group therapy, and all kinds of hilarious, Midlife Bites made the prospect of hitting my mid-forties seem a lot more manageable and a lot less mystifying. Jen Mann is leading the midlife revolution, and I am so here for it!” (Sarah Knight, New York Times best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck)

“Jen Mann does it again with Midlife Bites, proving that she's one of the most honest—and funniest—voices out there. Readers will laugh, cheer, and sometimes cringe at how perceptively she sums up the midlife experience. Buy this book for all your girlfriends—they’ll thank you!” (Jen Lancaster, New York Times best-selling author of Welcome to the United States of Anxiety and Bitter Is the New Black)

“If you’ve ever felt like you’re screaming into the void alone, you’re not. Jen Mann is there. Admittedly and masterfully out of her comfort zone, Jen comes at her midlife self with a wallop of self-introspection and vulnerability, thereby giving all of us permission to say the paralyzing quiet parts out LOUD. Every woman who reads this book will say thank you, Jen Mann, in between snorts and sniffles.” (Faith Salie, author of Approval Junkie and panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!)

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Love this book!

Lots of insight and humor from the author. Lots of heart behind it too. If you’re a fan of Jen Mann, or a woman going through mid life, you’ll love this book.

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Talk to me, sister

Does Jen Mann have a mouth like a sailor? F yes, she does and I am HERE. FOR. IT.

This book is like a slice of my brain made its way out into the world. Thank the Lord I’m not alone!!!

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I found my spirit animal!

This is the freshest and funniest book on midlife out there! Worth the listen or the read!!! Bravo!

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Finally

I'm 55 and for the first time, I can now be okay with no longer having any f..ucks to give. I don't even ever use that word.
Thank you,
Dawn

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Finally!!

I Thought this book was awesome! A raw, tell it how it is being in midlife! This book came to me at a time that was needed! Funny & relatable. Love the humor!

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That’s The End!?

Loved this book! If you are going through it at 100 miles an hour and your cruise control refuses to work- this book is for you. Thank you for reaching into my head and saying A L L of the things I feel that I’ve been shouting only to fall upon deaf ears.

I feel completely heard.

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Nailed it!

I have followed Jen for many years and enjoyed her blog, books and Facebook group. I was so happy when she announced this newest book about the many issues plaguing most middle aged peri-menopausal women. To be able to hear it narrated in her own hilarious voice was the icing on the cake. I felt like she was giving me a personal pep talk every day on my drive to work. I highly recommend the audible version of the book if you have the spare time to listen -- you won't be disappointed and you will immediately feel like she is in your corner. Thanks Jen - keep it coming!

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Thought it would b funny. But not so funny when every other word is the f-bomb. Wish I had been warned.

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Great book!

I loved this book…so honest and relatable. I loved being able to listen to the author read it herself.

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Another Great Read

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Jen Mann’s other books, and this one didn’t disappoint. A quick read while at work, and great to hear her struggles. Makes people not feel alone. ❤️