Summertime is typically when you sit at the beach (or poolside if you’re landlocked) and stick your nose in the newest thriller, biography or romance novel.
But for a change of pace, how about a book written especially for us boomers? Oh yes, there’s a whole genre out there of books for the baby boom generation. You can picture the authors salivating just thinking about a potential readership of 75+ million. Ka-ching!
For our list, we’ve included some new books out this summer, and some older titles that just seem to embrace the spirit of bohemian boomerism:
How Not To Act Old – 185 Ways to Pass for Phat, Sick, Hot, Dope, Awesome, or at Least Not Totally Lame, Pamela Redmond Satran – This book promises to decode the “behaviors, viewpoints, and cultural touchstones that separate you from the hip young person you wish you still were.” Bohemian boomers may take a pass because, as everyone who reads this site knows, we never stopped being cool. But it’s a fun read, and a good handbook for bohemian wannabes.
Boomergeddon: How runaway deficits and the age wave will bankrupt the federal government and devastate retirement for Baby Boomers unless we act now, James A. Bacon Jr. – This cheery little title comes out in August, so no one here has read it yet. To be perfectly honest, we’d be afraid to read this at the beach for fear we’d get depressed and throw ourselves into the ocean! Plus, you’ve heard this Chicken Little story ad nauseam: the sky is falling; it’s all the fault of us baby boomers and even if we can stop the sky from falling, it’s going to be horribly painful for everyone.
The 50+ Dog Owner: Dog Parenting for Baby Boomers and Beyond, Mary Jane Checchi – The first question that comes to mind when you see this title is, “Why is owning a dog when you’re over 50 any different than when you’re under 50?” But this book, which publishes in late July, claims to offer “indepth expert advice” for choosing (and caring for) a canine companion who matches the lifestyle of boomers, including empty nesters and the newly retired. The publisher’s book description also states, “Each page is designed with easy-to-read print and spacing.” Oh now that hurts!
Generation Ageless: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Live Today…And They’re Just Getting Started, J. Walker Smith, Ann Clurman – This book came out a few years ago, but it’s still an interesting analysis of what makes our generation tick. A review in the Financial Times called it, “Very useful piece of work, particularly in its exploration of the way today’s grown-up baby boomers differ from previous generations: their refusal to grow old gracefully and, indeed, their conviction that they are not growing old at all.” Yep, that sounds like us.
BoomerPreneurs: How Baby Boomers Can Start Their Own Business, Make Money and Enjoy Life, Mary Beth Izard – Wow, our generation is so significant that folks are creating new words just for us! Earlier in the list we had “Boomergeddon,” now “BoomerPreneurs.” Isn’t this just “Boomerific!” Seriously though, this new title has arrived just in time for the many boomers who’ve been laid off and are thinking of taking the plunge and starting their own businesses. The author walks you through a four-step process to finding a business that meets your needs and those of the marketplace.
Boomerwalk: Why Baby Boomers Should Replace Running And Jogging With Racewalking, Brent Bohlen – Aerobic exercise is very important in middle-age, but are you one of the millions of boomers whose knees have betrayed you? If so, then racewalking may be your answer. It’s aerobic, but a low-impact alternative to running. Let’s hope this book includes advice on how to get over the feeling you look like a duck when you do it.
So why spend another summer figuring out “who dunnit,” or finding whether true love can once again overcome all obstacles? With these titles, you can maintain your “hip” image, indulge in self flagellation for ruining America, find the perfect dog, discover exactly why boomers are special, learn to start your own business and waddle your way to aerobic fitness. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect summer?