New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time

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Random House, 1995 - Health & Fitness - 498 pages
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Millions of readers literally defined their lives through Gail Sheehy's international bestseller Passages, named by a Library of Congress survey as one of the most influential books of our times. Seven years ago she set out to write a sequel, but instead she discovered a historic revolution in the adult life cycle. People are taking longer to grow up and much longer to die, thereby shifting all the stages of adulthood - by up to ten years. She traces radical changes for the generations now in the Tryout Twenties and Turbulent Thirties and finds baby boomers in the Flourishing Forties rejecting the whole notion of middle age. In its place Gail Sheehy discovers and maps out a completely new frontier - Second Adulthood in middle life. "Stop and recalculate", she writes. "Imagine the day you turn 45 as the infancy of another life". Instead of declining, men and women who embrace a Second Adulthood are progressing through entirely new passages into lives of deeper meaning, renewed playfulness, and creativity beyond menopause and male menopause. But we are all a little lost. The old demarcations and descriptions of adulthood, beginning at 21 and ending at 65, are hopelessly out of date. Sheehy presents startling facts: A woman who reaches age 50 today - and remains free of cancer and heart disease - can expect to see her ninety-second birthday. Similarly, men can expect a dramatically lengthened life span. To plot our route across these vast new stretches of Second Adulthood, we need a new map of adult life. New Passages tells us we have the ability to customize our own life cycle. This groundbreaking work is certain to awaken and permanently alter the way we think about ourselves asprofoundly as did the original Passages.

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User Review  - Miguel Garcia - Goodreads

Very informative. Taking you thru every step of development from young adult to all the way into your 50's. Sprinkled with real life accounts from some of her research subjects. Some of which you can ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

Nothing like reading a “landmark” book 20 years after it was written. Sheehy, author of the original Passages in 1976, charts our path through the ages again with a new perspective. People are living ... Read full review


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Gail Sheehy is the author of the landmark book Passages and the number one bestseller The Silent Passage. Most recently, she published Hilary's Choice. She is married to publisher and editor Clay Felker and lives in Berkeley, California, and Long Island, New York.

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