Highs in the Low Fifties* (Paperback)

How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living

By Marion Winik

Skirt!, 9780762796694, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2005

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (6/18/2013)

List Price: 14.95*
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A cross between Nora Ephron and David Sedaris, longtime NPR commentator Marion Winik has a uniquely hilarious and relatable way of looking at life. Her stories of being single in middle age, marked by stylish writing and stunning candor, left readers bent double with laughter when they appeared in her column, rated "Best of Baltimore" by Baltimore Magazine.Highs in the Low Fifties follows Winik's attempt to rebuild her world as a once-widowed, once-divorced single mom. With her signature optimism, resilience, and poor judgment, Winik dives into a series of ill-starred romantic experiences. Her clarity about her mistakes and ability to find humor in the darkest moments in love, and in all parts of life has won her a growing crowd of devoted followers . . . and a few voyeurs.

About the Author

Marion Winik is the author of eight books of creative nonfiction and poetry, most recently THE GLEN ROCK BOOK OF THE DEAD (Counterpoint, 2008.) Her other works include TELLING (Random House, 1994), a best-selling collection of personal essays; FIRST COMES LOVE (Random House, 1996), a memoir now in development for motion-picture release; THE LUNCH-BOX CHRONICLES (Random House, 1998); RULES FOR THE UNRULY (Simon and Schuster, 2001) and ABOVE US ONLY SKY (Seal Press, 2005.) She is also the author of two books of poetry.Winik's "Bohemian Rhapsody" column appears bi-weekly at BaltimoreFishbowl.com, and her essays and articles have been published in The New York Times Magazine, O, Salon, and Real Simple, among others. She was a columnist for Ladies Home Journal from 2008-2011. Her commentaries for All Things Considered are collected on the npr.org website. She reviews books for Newsday, More, and The Los Angeles Times. Currently teaching writing at the University of Baltimore, Winik was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Non-Fiction and has been inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. She has appeared on the Today Show, Politically Incorrect and Oprah.