AuthorsLive: "Why We Can't Sleep" by Ada Calhoun

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Greenwich Library
Flinn Gallery

Event Details

Due to the Library's COVID-19 closure, this program has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. 

AuthorsLive is excited to welcome novelist Ada Calhoun to Greenwich Library, author of Why We Can't Sleep, a generation-defining exploration of the new midlife crisis facing Gen X women. When Ada Calhoun found herself in the throes of a midlife crisis, she thought that she had no right to complain. She was married with children and a good career. So why did she feel miserable? And why did it seem that other Generation X women were miserable, too?

Calhoun decided to find some answers. She looked into housing costs, HR trends, credit card debt averages, and divorce data. At every turn, she saw a pattern: sandwiched between the Boomers and the Millennials, Gen X women were facing new problems as they entered middle age, problems that were being largely overlooked.

Speaking with women across America about their experiences as the generation raised to “have it all,” Calhoun found that most were exhausted, terrified about money, under-employed, and overwhelmed. Instead of being heard, they were told instead to lean in, take “me-time,” or make a chore chart to get their lives and homes in order.

In Why We Can’t Sleep, 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.

Ada Calhoun is the author of the memoir Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, named an Amazon Book of the Month and one of the top ten memoirs of 2017 by W magazine; and St. Marks Is Dead, one of the best books of 2015, according to Kirkus and the Boston Globe. She has collaborated on several New York Times bestsellers and written for the New York Times, New York, and The New Republic.

Why We Can't Sleep in the News
Awards & Recognition
If you like Why We Can't Sleep, you might enjoy these other staff-curated book suggestions. Click HERE for the list.

This event is open to all at no charge. Registration, using the Library's online calendar is highly recommended. Doors of the Flinn Gallery will open at 6:30 pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books.

AuthorsLive at Greenwich Library is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. For more information, please visit

Event Type(s): Author Visit, Book Discussion
Age Group(s): Adults
Kate Petrov
(203) 625-6550

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