Best Books on Retirement

There are a lot books out there on retirement.  Here are our reviews of what we consider to be the best reads on re-defining retirement.
February 26, 2018

IKIGAI: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

By Héctor García and Francesc Miralles (2016). Penguin Books. I first learned the word Ikigai from Susan Williams of @Booming Encore. It means reason for being and it is associated with a feeling of well-being. The authors refer to it as “the art of staying young while growing old.” In Short When I saw this book in the bookstore (I still try and do that when and where I can), I was eager to learn more. This book was born in curiosity. The co-authors are two writers, one lives in Japan and the other in Spain, who wondered what is behind […]
February 22, 2018

The New Senior Man: Exploring New Horizons, New Opportunities

By Thelma Reese and Barbara M. Fleisher (2017). Roman & Littlefield Publishers. In Short Following their 2013 book, The New Senior Woman, Reese and Fleisher, two retired college professors, tackled the sometimes thorny issue of how men successfully transition to life in retirement. There are many things to love about this book. First, there are thoughtful conversations with many men, from all walks of life, at various stages of their retirement journey woven into the book. These provide snippets of real life case studies that paint a rich portrait of lived experience and wisdom. The reader comes away with a […]
January 25, 2018

The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle

10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating an Amazing New Life Together by Roberta K. Taylor, RNCS, MEd and Dorian Mintzer, MSW, PhD  (Sourcebooks -2014) In Short Retirement is a time of potential challenge for couples. While there are many conversations that you (as couples) should be having, perhaps you haven’t thought about how to have them. If that is the case – The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle is for you! Combining real-life stories with their own personal experiences, the authors offer sound advice and recommendations on some of the most complex problems couples can face when thinking about retirement.   Each conversation takes […]
December 19, 2017

Thriving in Retirement: Lessons from Baby Boomer Women

By Anne C. Coon and Judith Ann Feuerherm (2017) Praeger Review by Joe Casey Women face some unique headwinds that can have a cumulative and lasting effective beyond the workplace and into retirement. The authors tell stories of 25 women across their careers and life course into their retirement years. It’s a timely book, as it includes frank recollections of the toll that discrimination and harassment played in the careers and lives of these women. This book is primarily about resilience, creativity and triumph though the compelling stories of women who overcame multiple obstacles and are living satisfying lives in […]
December 9, 2017

The Power of Meaning * Crafting a Life That Matters

by Emily Esfahani Smith (2017) Crown Publishing Group At Retirement Wisdom, we’re big on of purpose. In fact, studies have found that your longevity may even depend on it. Yet, purpose is one of those subjects that I sometimes find hard to get my arms around. I wonder about how someone discovers their purpose – particularly when they transition from their primary career to their next chapter. I always feel like it requires a lengthy trip to mountains and extensive navel-gazing. That will need to wait for another day. Someday. Maybe. It turns out that the mountains are optional. Emily […]
October 18, 2017

A New Purpose

Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success By Ken Dychtwald, PhD and Daniel J. Kadlec (2009) Harper   In Short This is an enjoyable and thought provoking book on what sometimes can feel like an elusive topic – finding Purpose in our lives. The authors help the reader connect with the concept of purpose by taking us through a journey of discovery, covering key topics including: what success really is, the importance of relationships, the power of giving, how we are using our lives to make a real difference. They offer a refreshing view of philanthropy and ways to make […]
October 18, 2017

Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive

By Dorie Clark (2017 Harvard Business Review Press) In Short The gig economy is real. Over the past 12 years there has been a notable growth in alternative work arrangements  especially among older workers. And we’re not talking about Uber drivers. More and more people who are mid-career or beyond are concluding that moving on from corporate life offers greater flexibility and interesting, rewarding work. Many are deciding that it’s time to become their own boss. The ranks of silver entrepreneurs continues to grow. Food for Thought While the gig economy offers opportunities for Second Acts, it’s quite competitive. You […]
March 22, 2017

Answering Your Call: A Guide for Living Your Deepest Purpose

Answering Your Call: A Guide for Living Your Deepest Purpose By John Schuster  (2003  Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc) In Short Some people discover their true purpose early in life, yet it’s not uncommon for this to unfold later in life. For some, it happens mid-career and leads to a major shift. For others, approaching retirement offers the time and space for reflection, exploration and discovery of their deepest purpose. John Schuster explains that discovering your purpose is not a linear process. It is highly individual and doesn’t just occur organically – or magically. it’s a result of thoughtful reflection and attentive […]
March 22, 2017

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans (2016 – Knopf) In Short There aren’t many books that would make a great gift for a high school graduation, a college graduation or a retirement celebration. This is one. Bill Burnett and Dave Evans are two professors at the design school at Stanford, who have opened up the material from their long-standing course on Designing Your Life to all. The book shares how the principles of design thinking can be applied to planning your life – at any stage. The book is filled with great examples of people at later stages of their […]
February 25, 2017

Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life

By Margaret Moore, MBA, Edward Phillps, MD and John Hanc, William Morrow (2016). Some of the best books on retirement aren’t specifically about retirement. They focus on topics that happen to be valuable in making the transition to retirement or from one career to another. This excellent book is clearly one of the very best of them. All Life Transitions Are Emotional Any big change across our lifespan is an emotional experience. When it comes to retiring, that can be underestimated. You may be wondering, ‘What’s the problem? Every day will be Saturday! The only emotions I’m feeling are joy […]
August 18, 2016

The 100 Year Life

The 100 Year Life Living and Working in an Age of Longevity By Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott (2016). London, Bloomsbury   Let’s look ahead a bit - or back a bit - and imagine. It’s your 60th Birthday Party.   You receive the best gift of all time.   You’re given more 30 years of life. How would you react? Psyched about all you get to experience and do? Scared about what lies ahead? Well, according to statistics the authors cite, if you are 60 today, you have a 50 percent chance of living to 90.   In Short It’s very difficult to see […]
August 18, 2016

Refire! Don’t Retire

Refire! Don't Retire Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life By Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz  In Short If you only read one book on transitioning to retirement, I’d urge you to read this one.  This is an exceptionally insightful and inspiring book. It’s fun, easy to read and full of practical wisdom.   Ken Blanchard and Morton Shavevitz encourage us to rethink retirement. In their view,  it all starts with or attitude and beliefs. Sometimes we don’t realize that our own beliefs may be rooted in outdated views of aging and retirement. Instead they advocate thinking differently. They define Refiring as: “Adopting an attitude of embracing the […]
August 17, 2016

The New Retirementality

by Mitch Anthony, John Wiley & Sons, Inc  2014 - 4th edition In Short The “New Retirementality” takes the reader on an educational and thought provoking journey combining research, real-life stories, do-it-yourself exercises and concepts to help one understand what this “new retirement” is really about. This book is a must read for those who are looking forward to years of productive retirement and want to consider a way to re-write how they retire that can affect generations to come. There is something for every reader and way too much to do justice to in this brief review, but I […]