Book Reviews/Testimonials For 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal

“55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal is somehow a terrifying wake-up call and a heartening idea filled guide to navigating the new realities so many of us face or will face.”

LA Times

“Providing practical solutions with a focus on retirement and maximizing savings, White maintains authority with a realistic, empathetic tone throughout. This deeply useful work will resonate with aging readers of all income levels and situations.”

Publishers Weekly

“Elizabeth White has written a book that we believe can help a good part of a generation, and those that follow it, adapt to a new normal of financial instability as the social contract has been upended.”

Porchlight Books

“This relevant and well-researched book will appeal not only to those 55 plus, but to the generation coming right behind them who may face similar issues.”

Booklist (STARRED review)

“Throughout this book, White includes quotes and stories from boomers who are figuring out their next step, bringing home the powerful important message: You are not alone. This deeply empathetic, informative, accessible book from a woman who understands because she’s been there.”


“Because of circumstances that I wish were different for so many people, Elizabeth White’s 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal (2019) is one of the most import books of the New Year.”

Minding the Workplace

“White’s honesty and practical advice, tempered with sincere compassion by encouraging us to be kind to ourselves in spite of our “wouldas, couldas, shouldas,” make this book unique and valuable. Her thorough research with detailed lists of services and resources makes it a go-to, must-have guidebook for anyone now or soon to be a senior dealing with the stress of an inadequate safety net in the face of an uncertain future.”

Adele Field, Career Pivot

“Elizabeth White’s story is poignant and powerful. And, her new book is a fierce, insightful rallying call for both personal resilience and political action. 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal is a tale of our age and our aging and it’s one of my favorite books on the subject of midlife and beyond.”

Chip Conley,

 Hospitality Entrepreneur and Author of Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder


“Elizabeth White’s book, 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal, skillfully outlines many of the challenges that older adults face today, both financially and in the workforce.  Greater longevity brings many benefits but can also create financial obstacles to be overcome.  Elizabeth not only shares her moving personal story, but also provides a terrific list of resources to be called upon in later life.”

Ken Dychtwald,

Founder and CEO of Age Wave and best selling author of BodyMind and Age Wave

“55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal is required reading for all those who fear the finances of longer lives and a job market rife with age discrimination — in other words, everyone. Get a copy and breathe a bit easier: This book doubles as a lifesaving device!”

Marc Freedman,

 president and CEO of;

author, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations

“Every so often someone names an invisible pattern in society with such honesty and accuracy that it becomes a seed of a national conversation. Elizabeth White has brought to light the unexpected challenges of Boomers turning the corner into older age.  She offers straight talk to her generation while giving everyone an eye-opening look at the travails of aging out of relevance in America.”

Vicki Robin,

 author of Your Money or Your Life and Blessing the Hands That Feed Us


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