The Ripe Stuff Jane Fonda, Judy Collins, and Isabel Allende are in their juicy years. So are a Midwest banker and Boston professor, a therapist who became a Mexican inn-keeper, an empty nester who took up Contra dancing. Author Susan Swartz likes to call this model of the new fifty-plus woman a Juicy Tomato, someone who enjoys her lushness, and, to push the metaphor, squeezes the most from life. The generation of women who fought to have a career, guilt-free sex, and their say in all things now insists on the right to make the second half of life as meaningful and ground-breaking as the first. Juicy tomatoes know that experience is an asset, not a liability and that wisdom and power are a lot sexier than a flat stomach. They don't apologize for their age and they don't hide their spunk and savvy. Sure, there are regrets, losses, and laugh lines, but juicy tomatoes don't look back. Long after breaking barriers for women in their youth they are remaking the image of midlife and beyond. The Juicy Tomatoes Guide to Ripe Living After 50 introduces you to over 100 such women, some well known and some as regular as the friends you call for coffee and comfort. They have clout and daring and humor and the reason they stand tall is not simply because they take their calcium. In candid interviews with the author they tell how they forged ahead and kissed those aging stereotypes goodbye. The Juicy Tomatoes Guide to Ripe Living After 50 will inspire you, tickle you, and may even spur you to find your own juice.