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18 Books A 50 Year Old Man Would Appreciate

Never too old to get a kick out of some books.

After half a century walking in this earth, there surely is nothing anything can ever teach you anymore, much less anything you’ll be open to learning, right? Wrong, on both accounts as a matter of fact.

Be it for entertainment or educational purposes, there are books out there that can pike the interest of even a 50-year-old man in a way that will make him like he just rediscovered the sense of wonder we all held during our youth. Do not miss a chance to experience that wonderful sensation once again by reading them.

#1 The Amazing and Somewhat Sarcastic Tad by Tim Toterhi

The Amazing and Somewhat Sarcastic Tad by Tim Toterhi Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This is a ridiculous coming of age adventure book set in the 1980’s. I wrote the original version in my early 20s when e-books just started. The re-release comes as I near the half century mark. Like other 50 year-olds, I find myself saying, “these kids today.” This book is an in-your-face reminder that we were those kids just a memory ago. No better. No worse. And just as passionate. Maybe a read will bring a smile and bridge a gap.

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#2 Charleston: A Bloomsbury House & Garden by Quentin Bell

Charleston: A Bloomsbury House & Garden by Quentin BellGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

In this refreshed edition of the original 1997 publication, Gavin Kingcombe’s specially commissioned photographs breathe life into the colorful interiors and garden of the Sussex farmhouse, while updated text and captions by Virginia Nicholson capture the evolution of Charleston as it continues to inspire a new generation. For lovers of literature, decorative arts, and all things Bloomsbury, Charleston: A Bloomsbury House & Garden offers a window onto a truly unique creative hub.

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#3 Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Art of the Four by Roger Billcliffe

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Art of the Four by Roger BillcliffeGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Art of The Four presents the most coherent story to date of this important group, concentrating on the entirety of their artistic imagery and output, far beyond the best known work of the 1890s, and charting the constantly changing relationships between the artists and their work.

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#4 The Fight by Norman Mailer

The Fight by Norman Mailer Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Sports writing has never been better. This is the eyewitness account of the fight between George Forman and Muhammad Ali to defend his title and it’s packed with a lot of drama. The author, Norman Mailer was there gives his insightful commentary on the events.

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#5 Wobbly Wheels: A Bicycle Adventure by Greg Pond

Wobbly Wheels: A Bicycle Adventure by Greg PondGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

No spandex, no helmets, no sense. A true tale of a 3,500 mile bicycle odyssey in 1976, Wobbly Wheels is a true story of an east to west journey in a simpler time; made more complicated by a lack of modern conveniences, questionable characters and near-death experiences.

A fun, nostalgic read, Wobbly Wheels is a great gift for the 50 yr old in anyone’s life.

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#6 The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story by Laura Fahrenthold

The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story by Laura FahrentholdGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Ever wonder how your family would cope if you dropped dead or died? This heartbreaking yet hilarious true memoir about a husband’s box of ashes is a must read. Hint: It involves 32,000 miles in a 1993 Toyota RV, one stray dog with penis cancer, two young daughters and a NY Daily News crime reporter mother who set out to face down grief on the open road.

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#7 The Restless Hungarian: Modernism, Madness, and The American Dream by Tom Weidlinger

The Restless Hungarian: Modernism, Madness, and The American Dream by Tom WeidlingerGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

To say Paul Weidlinger led an extraordinary life is an understatement. He taught himself to read at four, spoke seven languages, narrowly escaped persecution at the hands of Nazis, apprenticed under the biggest pioneers of modern architecture, fathered the idea of “Joy of Space,” collaborated on many famous buildings, and even started his own structural engineering firm as an immigrant in the US. Those who knew him hailed him as a Captain of Industry and one of the most innovative structural engineers of the 20th century. However, Tom knew him simply his father, whom he didn’t have much of a relationship with growing up.

After his father passed, Tom received a box of momentos—photographs, sketches, diaries, poems, love letters, technical papers, patent applications and more—all giving clues to the incredible story of Paul Weidlinger. Tom set out to make sense of these pieces and retrace the life, and profound legacy, his father led. Fascinating and deeply moving, this memoir explores the many complexities of family and inspires readers to explore their own histories.

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#8 Commodore Farmer by Gene N. McMurtry

Commodore Farmer by Gene N. McMurtry Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Political intrigue, unimaginable weapons, treaty violations – need a break from today’s news? Jump through an intergalactic wormhole and take on the universe with Commodore Farmer. Uh oh, all of those things are happening in his world too. But the Shakespearean plot twists are a break from our reality and he has ethics that blow the competition away.

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#9 Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-ZinnGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

During a time of life transition and maturation of identity, the practice of mindfulness can deeper your awareness of and appreciation for the life you are living. This book provides an introduction to concepts of mindfulness and reconnect you with every-day life.

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#10 Becoming One of the Grateful Dead by Carol Weisman

Becoming One of the Grateful Dead by Carol WeismanGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Carol Weisman’s brand new book, *Becoming One of the Grateful Dead: Where’s there’s a will, there’s a way *is best described as part Chicken Soup for the Soul, part estate planning, part legacy building. Weisman’s candid, humorous writing style inspires the reader to think about something perhaps they’ve never thought about before: what legacy do I want to leave behind? The book is broken up into 13 anecdotes that offer a variety of perspectives and takeaways.

Readers will appreciate Weisman’s knowledge and experience on this subject matter, which shines through and enlightens with every passing page. Almost everyone who has read this book has made changes to their estate plan. It is a fresh look at what you can do now to leave alegacy that makes you proud!

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#11 Snipped: A Cutting Comedy by Lee Gabel

Snipped: A Cutting Comedy by Lee GabelGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

First of all, it’s laugh-out-loud funny. The reviews speak for themselves. Second, from my research, there are very few fictional novels about the male vasectomy experience. This one is lighthearted and fun. Third, if a middle-aged man is contemplating vasectomy, why wouldn’t he want to dispel some of his fears through laughter?

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#12 Come On, America by Mary Bogest

Come On, America by Mary BogestGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

For men in their fifties, *Come On, America* brings to light an interesting angle on history from their lifetime! As Mary Bogest sits down with former United States Ambassador to Estonia, Dave Phillips, he reveals detailed stories from some of the most interesting places and events. The book includes tales from inside the Reagan presidential campaign, dinner conversations with the Bush family, an on-the-ground perspective from the world’s first cyber war (between Russia and Estonia), and so many others.

It is also written in an engaging format that feels intimate, like a conversation with an old friend. Readers will get the chance to reminisce, be inspired, and even learn from this book which covers Dave’s life, from his childhood leg amputation to the special olympics, to building his family’s company, to working on several presidential campaigns, to serving as Ambassador. It’s a story anyone could enjoy, but for men in their fifties, I imagine it will feel like catching up with an old friend, reminiscing, and swapping lively stories.

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#13 Move Like an Animal by Edward Barrera

Move Like an Animal by Edward Barrera Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Guys can learn the 3 simple steps it takes to take out stiffness and pain.

Since I am an over 50 US National Champion in soccer – and former chronic pain/fibromyalgia sufferer.

Us old-er dudes do need a little help with feeling good, sleeping well and keeping those bones and muscles moving in an intelligent manner.

Who says we are too old to play?

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#14 Hidden War by John Nores

Hidden War by John Nores Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

In Hidden War, author Lt. John Nores, Jr., recently retired after a 28-year career as a game warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, recaps the state’s aggressive campaign to eliminate Mexican drug cartels’ black-market trespass marijuana grow operations. Nores co-developed his department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), made up of 12 elite wildlife officers and K9s dedicated to stopping the destruction of U.S. wildlands, wildlife and waterways.

There are thousands of these grow sites throughout America, Nores explains. They’re not only in our remote and pristine public lands, but also within a stone’s throw of homes and schools in urban communities like California’s Silicon Valley. What’s going on out there is surreal; it’s like the Wild West with gunfights, foot chases, and cartel gunmen arrests on a daily basis. And it’s all happening within our nation’s borders.

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#15 Purposeful Retirement by Hyrum W. Smith

Purposeful Retirement by Hyrum W. SmithGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

In Purposeful Retirement, Hyrum W. Smith shows you how you can move from your world of work and enter what can be the most satisfying phase of your life-a new world of purposeful retirement and good living. You have had a successful career by almost all measures and now you are concerned about aging well and looking toward a happy retirement.

You are definitely not a couch potato. How are you going to create a retirement that is meaningful and inspiring for your second act? For four decades, Hyrum has been empowering people to effectively govern their personal and professional lives. An award-winning author, distinguished speaker, and successful businessman, Hyrum offers a tested and actionable retirement guide to finding that perfect retirement niche. In his book, Hyrum enables you to map the step-by-step route to a retirement that is not just enjoyable but is also deeply fulfilling on a personal level. Welcome to your new life of retirement and good living – to a purposeful retirement.

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#16 Purposeful Retirement Workbook & Planner by Hyrum W. Smith

Purposeful Retirement Workbook & Planner by Hyrum W. SmithGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Retirement is a new season, a new opportunity to live purposefully. It’s not an end. You may have quit a job, but you don’t have to quit at living a full life. Let’s take that bucket list and get started! Hyrum Smith, nationally-renowned Father of Time Management and co-creator of The Franklin Planner System, is the preeminent expert for using time wisely, and he’s eager to share is hard-earned wisdom with you.

The author of the bestselling book Purposeful Retirement, Smith’s new workbook lays out what is essentially a guide to making sure we all take full advantage of the decades we get to enjoy after full-time work. Smith sheds light on what he calls the gifts of retirement, the opportunity to reclaim your time and spend it exactly the way you want to.

This practical handbook covers: retirement financial planning; health management and exercise advice; the importance of clubs, volunteering and social groups in maintaining friendships, relationships, and a social life once you stop going to work every day; and much more! Hyrum Smith’s one-of-a-kind expertise and wise counsel in Purposeful Retirement Workbook will take you from apprehension to living life and loving it!

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#17 Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers by Sara Zeff Geber

Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers by Sara Zeff Geber Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers is a passionate exploration of the path ahead for Solo Agers. It includes choices in housing, relationships, legal arrangements, finances and more – and urges the solo ager to plan for the future as though their life and well-being depended on it. With a compelling and readable style, author Sara Zeff Geber, a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Behavior and a Certified Retirement Coach, takes her readers on a journey, starting with the choice for childlessness and why so many soon-to-be retirees were able to make that decision.

She then reviews the role of adult children in an aging parent’s world and suggests ways in which Solo Agers can mitigate the absence of adult children by relationship building and rigorous planning for their future. Geber shares her expertise on what constitutes a fulfilling older life and how Solo Agers can maximize their opportunities for financial security, physical health, meaning and purpose in the second half of life and, finally, planning for the end game.

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#18 Getting My Bounce Back by Carolee Belkin Walker

Getting My Bounce Back by Carolee Belkin WalkerGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

You don’t have to run a marathon or suffer through a triathlon to be fit and healthy. But you do need an exercise habit. Especially as we age, exercise is not optional. Yet unless we had been athletes as kids or young adults, and few of us were, we do not know how to find our edge. Learning how to carve out time to meet our fitness needs or to push ourselves physically and mentally is one of the greatest challenges to aging well.

Inspired by her highly popular blog Be the Dog, Carolee Belkin Walker’s Getting My Bounce Back is a relatable story of what it’s like to be a successful professional woman encountering all things fitness for the first time. Whether readers have never put on a pair of running shoes or tried again and again to form a fitness habit, they’ll relate to the highs and lows of Walker’s journey, which ultimately brought her stumbling onto a path to resilience and well-being.

Through her fitness journey, Walker discovered powerful sense of confidence and resilience that she’d never had before. Getting My Bounce Back is about Walker digging in, discovering who she is, and seeing how far she can push herself to be strong, fit, healthy, and most importantly, resilient. Her writing is full of humorous situations as she decides to be an active participant in life and not take the setbacks, or herself, too seriously.

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Contributors to this article
Tim Toterhi from Tim Toterhi’s Books

Lydia Rasmussen from Quarto Publishing Group

Nate Masterson from NateMasterson

Katie Wagner from Remark Media Relations

Laura Fahrenthold from N/A

Leslie Standridge from BookSparks

Pamela McMurtry from McMurtry Creative Media

Carly Claney from Carly Claney Psychological Services, PLLC

Chelsea Pascoe from Orca Communications

Lee Gabel from LeeGabel

Lisa Bergmanis from two|pr

Edward Barrera from GravityWerks

Lynda O’Connor from O’Connor Communications, Inc.

Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

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