Lindsey Mead


On Being 40(ish)


This event includes a book signing


February 11, 2019
7:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes local writer, journalist, and editor LINDSEY MEAD for a discussion of her debut book, On Being 40(ish). She will be joined in conversation by contributors KJ DELL’ANTONIA, JESSICA LAHEY, CATHERINE NEWMAN, and SOPHFRONIA SCOTT.

About On Being 40(ish)

The big 4-0. Like eighteen and twenty-one, this is a major and meaningful milestone in our lives—especially for women. Turning forty is a poignant doorway between youth and . . . what comes after; a crossroads to reflect on the roads taken and not and the paths yet before you. And the decade that follows is one that is especially ripe for nostalgia, inspiration, wisdom, and personal growth.

In this dazzling collection, fifteen writers explore this rich phase in essays that are profound and moving and above all, brimming with joie de vivre. This diverse array of voices—including Veronica Chambers, Meghan Daum, Kate Bolick, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Sloane Crosley, KJ Dell’Antonia, Julie Klam, Jessica Lahey, Catherine Newman, Sujean Rim, Jena Schwartz, Sophfronia Scott, Allison Winn Scotch, Lee Woodruff, and Jill Kargman—offers exciting, deeply personal, and poignant perspectives across a range of universal themes—friendship, independence, sex, beauty, aging, wisdom, and the passage of time.

Beautifully designed to make the perfect gift, and to be a treasure to turn to time and time again, On Being 40(ish) reflects the hopes, fears, challenges, and opportunities of a generation. It will leave you inspired, entertained, and comforted that the best is truly yet to come.


"Charming, relatable, and wise essays . . . This is a practical guide to navigating life for anyone who has passed the milestone of 40." —Publishers Weekly

"A must read for anyone 40(ish) or beyond and a poignant reminder that the best days lie ahead." —Joanna Goddard, founder of Cup of Jo

Catherine Newman
Catherine Newman

Catherine Newman

Catherine Newman is the author of the memoirs Catastrophic Happiness and Waiting for Birdy, as well as the middle-grade novel One Mixed-Up Night and the blog Ben & Birdy. She is also the etiquette columnist for Real Simple and a regular contributor to the New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; the Boston Globe; and many other publications. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her family.

Jessica Lahey
Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for the Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, and the New York Times, and is the author of the bestselling book The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She is a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky & Dirty Show. Lahey earned a JD with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in New Hampshire with her family and teaches high school English and writing in Vermont.

KJ Dell’Antonia
KJ Dell’Antonia

KJ Dell’Antonia

Five years of editing the Motherlode column for the New York Times taught KJ Dell’Antonia this: family can be a source of joy, not stress. Her reporting and research on parental happiness led to her book How to Be a Happier Parent, and she continues to explore that topic in both nonfiction and fictional forms. She is also the cohost of the popular podcast #AmWriting with Jess and KJ. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four children, and assorted horses, chickens, dogs, and cats.

Lindsey Mead
Lindsey Mead

Lindsey Mead

Lindsey Mead has written for Brain, Child Magazine, (Quiet Revolution),, and Huffington Post. She received a BA in English from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard School of Business. She lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On Being 40(ish) is her first book.

Sophfronia Scott
Sophfronia Scott

Sophfronia Scott

Sophfronia Scott holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When her first novel, All I Need to Get By, was published, Sophfronia was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.” Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love. She’s also the author of an essay collection, Love’s Long Line, and a memoir, This Child of Faith, co-written with her son Tain. Sophfronia teaches at Regis University’s Mile High MFA and Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

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