New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 28, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 528 pages
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THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Millions of readers literally defined their lives through Gail Sheehy's landmark bestseller Passages. 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. A fifty-year-old woman--who remains free of cancer and heart disease-- can expect to see her ninety-second birthday. Men, too, can expect a dramatically lengthened life span. The old demarcations and descriptions of adulthood--beginning at twenty-one and ending at sixty-five--are hopelessly out of date. In New Passages, Gail Sheehy discovers and maps out a completely new frontier--a Second Adulthood in middle life.
"Stop and recalculate," Sheehy writes. "Imagine the day you turn forty-five 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 both male and female menopause. Through hundreds of personal and group interviews, national surveys of professionals and working-class people, and fresh findings extracted from fifty years of U.S. Census reports, Sheehy vividly dramatizes these newly developing stages. Combining the scholar's ability to synthesize data with the novelist's gift for storytelling, she allows us to make sense of our own lives by understanding others like us.
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.
"SHEEHY CLEARLY STATES IDEAS ABOUT LIFE THAT HAVE NEVER BEFORE BEEN AS CLEARLY STATED."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"AN OPTIMISTIC ANALYSIS OF ADULT DEVELOPMENT IN PESSIMISTIC TIMES. . . It is grounded in the economic and psychological realities that make adult life so complex today."
--The New York Times Book Review


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New passages: mapping your life across time

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The author's previous blockbuster, Passages (LJ 5/15/76), introduced us all to the term "midlife crisis." In this sequel, Sheehy takes us beyond the midlife crisis to examine later life stages, with a ... Read full review

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Fascinataing, yet it's dated as it was published about 10 years ago. Draws a correlation as to how the different "X" generation & "Me" generations face each life stage. Would like to see an update. Read full review

Contents

The Vietnam Generation Hits Middlescence
57
Men Redefining Success
67
OutofSight Women
85
The Fantasy of Fertility Forever
95
Perpetual Middlescence
115
A BrandNew Passage
137
PASSAGETO THE AGE OF MASTERY
157
Pits to Peak
179
The Samson Complex
243
I2 Fall Guys of the Economic Revolution
259
I3 The Optimism Surge
274
Male Menopause
287
Make My Passage
369
Wisewomen in Training
394
Two Species of Aging
417
SUGGESTED READINGS ON MENOPAUSE
451

I0 From Pleasing to Mastery
223

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Gail Sheehy is the author of sixteen books, including the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress. A multiple award-winning literary journalist, she was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. A popular lecturer, Sheehy was named AARP's Ambassador of Caregiving in 2009. She lives in New York City.

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