Ada Calhoun, Why We Can't Sleep VIRTUAL PROGRAM MPL OB/OM

Ada Calhoun
Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis

in conversation with Maureen Connolly, editor in chief, Everyday Health
Sunday, May 3, 4pm
Virtual Event Register Here

Join in Montclair Public Library‘s first session of Open Book / Open Mind ONLINE, a free live webcast version of its popular, long-running literary conversation series. Ada Calhoun will discuss her NY Times bestseller, “Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis,” with Maureen Connolly, editor in chief of Everyday Health. After the discussion, audience members can participate in a virtual Q&A session with the author.

Open Book / Open Mind ONLINE will be hosted on the easy-to-download GoToWebinar platform (similar to Zoom but with additional features). Registration for Open Book / Open Mind ONLINE is required. Please register by clicking here. 

To prepare for Open Book ONLINE with Ada Calhoun, sign up for The Open Book Club’s online discussion, led by MPL librarian Ariel Zeitlin on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. Space is limited and registration for The Open Book Club is required. Please register by clicking here.


“Why We Can’t Sleep” explores the struggles of middle class Gen X women to live up to the grand (and intimidating) promise, ideal, and responsibility to “have it all” and how they are reckoning with this notion in middle age. “Calhoun opens up the cultural and political contexts of Gen X’s predicament and offers solutions for how to pull oneself out of the abyss—and keep the next generation of women from falling in. The result is reassuring, empowering, and essential reading for all middle-aged women, and anyone who hopes to understand them.”–Grove Press

“[A] bracing, empowering study… Women of every generation will find much to relate to in this humorous yet pragmatic account.”
—Publishers Weekly


Ada Calhoun is the author of “Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give,” and “St. Marks Is Dead.” She has written for the New York Times, O, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Time magazine. She lives in New York City, her hometown.

Journalist and producer Maureen Connolly is editor in chief of, one of the largest digital consumer health sites in the world. Connolly has worked as an editor at Condé Nast, Hearst, and Time Inc and is the author of three books. She resides in Montclair.

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Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802147851
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - January 7th, 2020