Billie Best Bio & Social Media

Billie Best is a Baby Boomer born in 1954 and speaks to her cohort, most particularly women over 50, with her own hard-earned wisdom on life’s uncertainty, the renaissance of menopause, fearless aging and coping with ageism. As a professional she has reinvented herself numerous times from the music business to marketing and technology to small scale farming and becoming an author. Her blog “Beyond 60 — Loving Life, Staying Relevant” at billiebest.com has established her as an entertainer, a feminist and a voice for change. Her memoir from Widowspeak Publishing (2020) is titled “How I Made a Huge Mess of My Life (or Couples Therapy with a Dead Man).” Currently she resides in Oregon.

Book cover How I Made a Huge Mess of My Life (or Couples Therapy with a Dead Man) by Billie Best

Contact info

Widowspeak Publishing, PO Box 3345 Portland, Oregon 97208

books@widowspeakpublishing.com

Book Description

Billie Best’s memoir is a provocative, at times hilarious, account of her midlife mistakes and misadventures, and how they build her strength as she copes with her soul mate turned cheating husband who wants his death to be performance art, his doppelganger mistress who wants to steal her identity, and the financial collapse of the farm she loves. An inspiring tale of a woman’s rites of passage from her 40s to her 60s when everything in her life changes.

Most of the story takes place in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts where Best and her husband purchased a farm in 1998 as a second home after her success in the technology business. The book charts their course from high tech city people to low tech farm folk as it exposes the fissures in their marriage brought on by diverging visions for the future, her immersion into farming and his escape into an affair.

Three months before his death he invites his until then secret mistress to spend the weekend with him and Best. It’s his goodbye present to himself and it doesn’t go well. Best’s emotional scars are permanent, triggering a cascade of rage, neurosis and obsessive-compulsive cleaning. It takes years for her to unravel the lies buried in their marriage. Then she discovers some forgotten secrets of her own.

An illumination of a woman’s power in midlife, Best’s memoir is a gutsy saga of how a marriage breaks down after 30 years, what to do (and not to do) when your husband cheats on you, how to deal with a midlife crisis, how to plan your own funeral and die at home, how to move forward after becoming a widow, and the personal renaissance of downsizing and starting over — in short, this book is about how to age well.

Video Interviews

Billie Answers Questions About Her Book from Billie Best on Vimeo.

Pod Cast Interviews

Trust Tree Talks : In this episode Billie walks the Trust Tree gals through what prompted her cross-county move and how she’s creating a new chapter for herself after sixty. Tune in for Billie’s truth bombs about what aging in this society really looks like.

Passionistas Project Podcast : Billie found herself starting over, indulging her passions and looking for her purpose. Now her mission is to change the societal views on women and disrupt aging.

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Important book for women over 50 seeking role models for coping with midlife’s changes, grief and death, downsizing and starting over

An authentic voice on how to age fearlessly

PORTLAND, OREGON, August 31, 2020 — Billie Best’s memoir “How I Made a Huge Mess of My Life (or Couples Therapy with a Dead Man)” from Widowspeak Publishing (2020) is a provocative, at times hilarious, account of her midlife mistakes and misadventures, and how they build her strength as she copes with her soul mate turned cheating husband who wants his death to be performance art, his doppelganger mistress who wants to steal her identity, and the financial collapse of the farm she loves. An inspiring tale of a woman’s rites of passage from her 40s to her 60s when everything in her life changes.

Billie Best is a Baby Boomer born in 1954 and speaks to her cohort, most particularly women over 50, with her own hard-earned wisdom on life’s uncertainty, the renaissance of menopause, fearless aging and coping with ageism. As a professional she has reinvented herself numerous times from the music business to marketing and technology to small scale farming and becoming an author. Her blog “Beyond 60 — Loving Life, Staying Relevant” at billiebest.com has established her as an entertainer, a feminist and a voice for change.

Although currently she resides in Oregon, most of the book takes place in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts where Best and her husband purchased a farm in 1998 as a second home after her success in the technology business. The book charts their course from high tech city people to low tech farm folk as it exposes the fissures in their marriage brought on by diverging visions for the future, her immersion into farming and his escape into an affair.

As one reviewer put it, Best “bravely peels the proverbial onion to its core, mucking through the painful revelations that bring her to her knees: facing bad decisions, unintentional deceit, selfishness and repressed anger. This is not a downer shoulda-coulda-woulda book. It is a riveting and humorous account of a real marriage, fraught with thin layers of distrust, failed ventures and past glories. Ultimately, it’s about real love, understanding and moving on. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but it will resonate profoundly with those searching to unveil the truths in their own life and find the humor, humility, forgiveness and grace in that process.”

Available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. Paperback $12.99. Ebook $7.99. Review copies available upon request. Contact: books@widowspeakpublishing.com, 413-717-2983. Media Kit: https://widowspeakpublishing.com/media-kit/

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Book Specs

  • Price: $12.99 paperback, $7.99 ebook
  • Paperback size: 6” x 9” / 260 pages
  • Paperback ISBN 978-1-7345964-0-3
  • Ebook ISBN 978-1-7345964-1-0
  • Date of publish: March 21, 2020
  • Paperback platforms: Amazon, Bookshop.org, IndieBound, Barns & Noble, and Ingram
  • Ebook platforms: Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook, Tolino, Bibliotheca, Baker & Taylor, Hoopla, OverDrive
  • Price of ebook for libraries $15.99

BISAC Categories:

  • BIO 02600 Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoir
  • FAM 030000 Family & Relationships / Marriage & Long-Term Relationships
  • FAM 014000 Family & Relationships / Death, Grief, Bereavement

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