Flip-Flops After 50:
And Other Thoughts on Aging I Remembered to Write Down

by Cindy Eastman

She Writes Press, 2014. ISBN 978-1-938-31468-1.
Reviewed by Helene Benardo
Posted on 06/26/2015

Nonfiction: Memoir

Flip-Flops After 50 (referring to the fact that now the author can wear her favorite footwear whenever she chooses) is one of the most delightful books I've read in years. Cindy Eastman has produced a funny, wise, utterly endearing account of her place in the everyday lives we all attempt to lead.

In sections labeled "Fifty," "Family," "Holidays," and "All Grown Up"—each with a series of short essays—she writes meaningfully and pragmatically of the joys, sorrows, and pains-in-the-neck situations we all go through.

What I love most about this book is Eastman's incredible honesty. No glossing over her own imperfections—with admirable self-deprecating humor, she shows herself to be utterly human. Some of the titles of the essays reveal a great deal, including the ups and downs of any existence:

  • "The Fear o Living Fiftyishly"
  • "Gotta/Wanna"
  • "ENS (Empty Nest Syndrome)"
  • "Why Do Today What I Can Put Off Until Next Year?"
Cindy Eastman reveals herself to be an intelligent, wise, compassionate woman with great strengths and some weaknesses, acknowledging that her foot is often in her mouth—an oh-so-human being I would love to meet and know.

Cindy Eastman is a writer and educator. She has had various educational positions ranging from teaching children to workshops for professionals. Visit her website.

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