Press & Praise


Project Renewment
was recognized on the Los Angeles Times' Bestsellers List!   

"Project Renewment is one of those books that becomes a faithful, trusted friend, the imaginary kind who's always there with wise advice and never needs to talk about herself. It is a soulful, pragmatic, delightfully entertaining guide for any woman who plans to keep growing older and intends to enjoy it come hell or high water. I'm rereading it several times in an attempt to impress it upon my subconscious mind before I misplace my copy. Not that my memory is getting patchy or anything. Of course I'm not NEARLY old enough to need Project Renewment. I just happen to love it..." ~
Martha Beck, Author of Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live

"While any bookstore is crammed with career books for women, what about advice for what comes afterward? Project Renewment, by Bernice Bratter and Helen Dennis, offers a trailblazing prototype that's positive, proactive, and downright inspirational. Started by a group of women in Southern California, Project Renewment brings women together to find solutions for an enlightened retirement where adventure and self-renewal are key. The first section of the book offers 38 essays exploring the challenges of retirement, which are in turn raw, revealing, and deeply intimate. The second section is designed to help readers create their own enlightened retirement and/or retirement group. 'Chase your passion, not your pension,' the book advises, which is great advice for all the stages and times of anyone's life." ~ The Boston Globe, June 1, 2008

The Best In... LIFESTYLES | RENEWMENT INSTEAD OF RETIREMENT. The first generation of women who worked outside the home for most of their lives is now entering retirement. A new book, "Project Renewment," by Bernice Bratter and Helen Dennis, looks at the unique challenges that career women encounter in later life and provides a blueprint for building local "renewment" groups. The word renewment, Ms. Dennis notes, is a term the authors coined—a "combination of retirement and renewal." To learn more, visit projectrenewment.com. ~ The Wall Street Journal, Encore, March 22, 2008

  “Project Renewment provides a window on the changes facing career women when they consider retirement. From the groundbreaking Project Renewment grassroots networking, the authors met with many talented women and explored alternatives to their work lives and ways of investing their lives in the pursuit of revised values and objectives. These meetings provided the evidence on which the ideas of this book are based... The reader learns that retirement can result in getting a ‘new set of tires’ and driving off in new directions. It results from the wisdom that evolves from considering alternatives to work in the mature years. ~ James E. Birren, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California 

“Project Renewment is a terrific book. Its cutting edge approach to retirement for a new generation of career women is based on sound knowledge, a depth of experience, and the rich dialogues of highly effective women creating their future. It's also a great read – fun, informative and hopeful. I was particularly drawn to the essays through the creative illustrations, timely topics and clear writing.” ~ Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., CEO Age Wave, Author of Age Wave, Healthy Aging, Age Power and The Power Years: A User’s Guide to the Rest of Your Life 
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I loved the attitude and non-nonsense practical advice of Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women...I found Bratter and Dennis to be expert guides for the novice retiree."  ..."Rarely has there been such a valuable resource for self-organizing groups."  ...So, no matter what age you are, if you are a career woman, this book is definitely for you."  ~Ruth Wooden, chair of Civic Ventures' board of directors