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What Would Virginia Woolf Do? And Other Questions I Ask Myself as I Attempt to Age Without Apology

When Nina Lorez Collins entered her forties she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality, sense of humor-perhaps all at once. Craving a place to discuss her questions and concerns, and finding none, Nina started a Facebook group with the ironic name, “What Would Virginia Woolf Do?,” which has grown exponentially into a place where women–most with strong opinions and fierce senses of humor–have surprisingly candid, lively, and intimate conversations.

Mid-life is a time when women want to think about purpose, about how to be their best selves, and how to love themselves as they enter the second half of life. They yearn to acknowledge the nostalgia and sadness that comes with aging, but also want to revel in their hard-earned wisdom. 

Part memoir and part resource on everything from fashion and skincare to sex and surviving the empty nest, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? is a frank and intimate conversation mixed with anecdotes and honesty, wrapped up in a literary joke. It’s also a destination, a place where readers can nestle in and see what happens when women feel comfortable enough to get real with each other: defy the shame that the culture often throws their way, find solace and laugh out loud, and revel in this new phase of life.

Book Clubs

If you would like to arrange an in-person visit to your book club, bookstore, or library group, please contact Nicole Dewey here.

To arrange a virtual book club visit with Nina, click here.

Reviews

Nina Lorez Collins is a force of (Mother) Nature.

– Sandra Tsing-Loh, author of The Madwoman in the Volvo

Warm, hilarious, and on-point, this is a book you’ll want to give to all your girlfriends.

Candace Bushnell, bestselling author of Sex and the City

A must-have handbook for modern-day women aged 40-100.

Amazon Top Reviewers

Feminist AF

NPR, Inflection Point

Collins has written THE book on the great midlife ‘Change’ with its scourges…and its gifts.

– Susan Reiger, author of The Heirs

If only What Would Virginia Woolf Do? was out before I spent the fortune I don’t have on supplements and Spanx — I could have saved so much money and worry!

Annabelle Gurwitch, bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort