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"55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life" by Elizabeth White

Your last regular paycheck has come and gone. That was awhile ago, back before you were downsized / laid off / reassigned right out of a job and you're not sure what to do. Your savings are nearly gone, your retirement funds are next, and you're too young to get Social Security. In "55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal" by Elizabeth White, you'll see how to make this new life work. At thirty-five years old, Elizabeth White had a solid job at the World Bank, she owned a house, and she was heading to Harvard to get a PhD. There, she "caught the entrepreneurial bug" and, in partnership with her mother, she became a business owner; when the business failed, she was resilient and landed some consulting gigs that put her finances back to where they were before. And then the Great Recession hit. Suddenly, White was exactly where the title of this book indicates: too young, too old, and suddenly "totally out of the loop." Shortly afterward, when an essay she penned went surprisingly viral, she learned that she wasn't alone.