In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 10, 2012 - Family & Relationships - 306 pages
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From the New York Times reporter whose beat is culture and ideas comes a fascinating, revelatory, and timely social history of the concept of middle age. For the first time ever, the middle-aged make up the biggest, richest, and most influential segment of the country, yet the history of middle age has remained largely untold. This important and immensely readable book finally fills the gap. In Our Prime is a biography of the idea of middle age from its invention in the late nineteenth century to its current place at the center of American society, where it shapes the way we view our families, our professional obligations, and our inner lives. Patricia Cohen ranges over the entire landscape of midlife, exploring how its biological, psychological, and social definitions have shifted from one generation to the next. Middle age has been a symbol both of decline and of power and wealth. Explaining why, Cohen takes readers from early-twentieth-century factories that refused to hire middle-aged men to twenty-first-century high-tech laboratories where researchers are currently conducting cutting-edge experiments on the middle-aged brain and body.
  

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Review: In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age

User Review  - Kathy jenkins - Goodreads

i'm marking this read but don't think i'll actually make it all the way through. Maybe i'm just too stuck in my storytelling preferences. While i found the premise very interesting (being a middle ... Read full review

Review: In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age

User Review  - Msladydeborah - Goodreads

In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age I really enjoyed the audio version of this book. It is definitely a great non-fictional read. Patricia Cohen has crafted a book that deals with the creation ... Read full review

Contents

The Prime Meridian
3
Now and Then
15
The Tick of the Time Clock
32
The Renaissance ofthe MiddleAged
49
The MiddleAged Body
60
Middle Age Enters the Modern Age
80
Middle Age Under the Microscope
123
The MiddleAged Brain
140
Middle Age Medicine
180
Middle Age Sex
192
Complex Accomplices
211
The Arrival of the Alpha Boomer
228
In Our Prime
242
Notes
249
Selected Bibliography
293
Copyright

Consuming Desire
163

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About the author (2012)

Patricia Cohen has been a New York Times reporter for thirteen years. She has also worked at The Washington Post, New York Newsday, and Rolling Stone. She has a BA from Cornell University and a graduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.