What do you want to be when you grow up? Or, another way Claire Cook phrases it, "What would you like your life to be in five years and what's getting in your way?" Cook, the author of eleven novels, has turned to nonfiction for Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way). It's a thought-provoking, inspiring book. If you've thought about changing your career and following your passion, Cook's book just might provide the needed push.
Cook tells her own story, mixing in writing advice, career changing advice, and life stories of people who reinvented themselves. She says she always wanted to be a writer, but choked. She finally found her voice at 45, sitting in her minivan writing her first book. At fifty, she walked the red carpet when her book, Must Love Dogs, premiered as a movie. Cook is excited about the changes she made to her life, celebrates with the statement "Midlife Rocks!", and offers pointers to help others who want to change their lives.
The author points out that her books are aimed at women, and, in each of her novels the heroine is stuck in some way, trying to find her own next chapter. Her novels, and her life, are about reinvention. She's learned a few lessons along the way to reinvention, and she is generous in sharing those lessons and tips for moving to a different career and life. Cook relates her points with humor and anecdotes. And, for those of us who love animals, there are plenty of stories about cats and dogs, including one chapter called "Catitude".
If you're looking for a push, some tips, some inspiration, it might be time to check out Claire Cook's Never Too Late. Is it ever too late to ask "What is the thing you feel so passionately about that you'd do it for free?" Claire Cook reminds us it's Never Too Late.
Claire Cook's website is www.clairecook.com. She's on Facebook at Claire Cook (author), and on Twitter as ClaireCookwrite.
Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way) by Claire Cook. Marshbury Beach Books. 2014. ISBN 9780989921084 (paperback), 290p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought a copy of the book.