Midlife Cabernet

Elaine's Latest Book: Midlife Cabernet

Midlife Cabernet is the newest book by Elaine Ambrose. Her humorous essays provide proof that there is life, love, and laughter after fifty. If you’re a feisty, robust female tumbling down the far side of middle-age, grab a glass of cabernet - better yet, grab the whole bottle - and enjoy these witty words of wisdom that include anecdotes about irritable bowel syndrome, midlife love, and the joys of eldercare.


“Elaine Ambrose offers a hilarious perspective on life. Read it and weep…from laughter!” Barb Best, Erma Bombeck Global Humor Winner


“Midlife Cabernet is vintage Elaine Ambrose; tangy, full-bodied, and delightfully intoxicating. You’ll laugh yourself silly - and that’s BEFORE you open the wine!” Stacy Dymalski, comedienne and author


“Laughter makes us beautiful, so Midlife Cabernet will do more for you than any plastic surgeon. It’s also a hell of a lot less painful. If midlife means laughing as much as Elaine Ambrose, bring it on!” Amanda Turner, author of Hair of the Corn Dog


IPPY AwardMidlife Cabernet won the 2014 Silver Medal for Humor from the Independent Publisher Book Award program (IPPY) and received a 4-Star from ForeWord Reviews.

Author - Syndicated Blogger - Speaker - Retreat Organizer

Elaine Ambrose is an award-winning author of ten books and the widely syndicated blog Midlife Cabernet, which appears on her own site, as well as on Blogher, Jennings Wire, Humor Outcasts, Project Eve, Erma Bombeck Blogroll, and Midlife Boulevard. She was the first editor of McCall Magazine and Idaho’s first female television news reporter and talk show hostess, and a founding member of the Idaho Writers Guild and their annual writing conference, the Idaho Writers Rendezvous. As a corporate manager for Boise Cascade Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, she created and implemented a nationwide literacy award program titled “Ready to Read.” She owns Mill Park Publishing, and recently won two IPPY Awards from the Independent Publisher Book Program.

Ambrose maintains a consistent presence on a wide range of social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Amazon, Goodreads, Tumblr, as well as on her websites Elaine Ambrose and Mill Park Publishing. She has appeared on television and radio and as a featured performer at Story Story Night (Boise’s version of The Moth), the Erma Bombeck Stand-Up Comedy Routine, and Life Sucks, Laugh Hard, a live reading event at which she performed alongside New York Times bestselling author Laurie Notaro.

In addition to her IPPY Awards, she received Outstanding Author Awards from the Idaho Book Extravaganza in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 she was named a Woman of the Year by the Idaho Business Review. The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop named Ambrose Featured Blogger in April of 2014 and Humor Author of the Month in May of 2014.

Ambrose regularly speaks at commencement ceremonies, writing conferences, workshops, retreats, book clubs, and is the founder and facilitator of the quarterly Women, Words, and Wine Writing Retreat as well as the Write by the River annual retreat. Foreword Reviews described Ambrose’s award-winning book Midlife Cabernet as “an argument for joy.”

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  • Studley and I escaped for a few days and drove to the resort town of McCall, Idaho. While driving on the narrow, winding mountain road, we anticipated summer traffic and took our place in line behind campers, a tour bus, logging trucks, and pickup trucks pulling recreational vehicles and/or boats and commercial rafts. We were ...

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  • GION COMICS AUDIO WEB EXCLUSIVE PW SELECT SEARCH Midlife Cabernet: Life, Love & Laughter After Fifty Elaine Ambrose. Mill Park Publishing, $12 paper (224p) ISBN 978-0-9883980-7-8 Ambrose faces the frights, frustrations, and fancies of aging in this refreshingly honest and laugh-out-loud funny survival guide for middle-aged women. Infusing her prose with sarcastic dark humor, the author offers homespun recommendations on dating and sex, raising ...

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  •          Last week I attended the BlogHer ’14 Conference in San Jose with several thousand other women and a few brave men. For most of the conference, my photograph was hidden behind a waste basket in the exposition hall. It was the last photo. Down near the floor. No one in the world was ...

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