September Songs: The Good News about Marriage in the Later Years

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Penguin, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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An unexpected and surprisingly positive exploration of the benefits awaiting married baby boomers in their bonus years from the New York Times bestselling author of Intimate Partners.

In September Songs, journalist and author Maggie Scarf finds that marriage has undergone some fascinating changes since she wrote her bestselling Intimate Partners. Over the course of the twentieth century, thirty years of life have been added to normal human life expectancy what the author calls the bonus years. This means that couples will often live together for years after their children have left home, and perhaps well past retirement. This extra time is bringing change to our long-term relationships, especially marriage.

In a series of intimate interviews, Scarf delves into the lives of couples married for more than two decades and discerns encouraging new insights about marriage. Seen through the eyes of these baby boomers as they move into this new phase of life, we hear in the couples own words how they survived the bumps together and learned to balance their needs with those of their partners. Scarf reveals that, in many ways, men and women in long-term marriages are far happier and more fulfilled in their relationships today than when they were younger.

A compelling and human portrait of the long-term emotional, psychological, and physical benefits of a lasting commitment to another, September Songs uncovers the challenges and new opportunities couples find to love, cherish, and live alongside each other in the extra years they have together.
 

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Contents

P r e fac e
1
One Lynn and Carl McBride
25
A GIFT OF TIME
45
Three LlZ AND JEFF DeNNISON
69
Four Taking Time Seriously
87
Five Jean and Ned Donaldson
105
Six Jackie and Steve Winston 1
131
Seven JACKIE AND STEVE WlNSTON 2
159
Eight Claudia and Douglas Hamilton
178
Nme Nancy and David Sternberg
210
Epilogue
229
Selected R efe r e n c e s
245
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About the author (2008)

Maggie Scarf is a journalist and the author of the bestselling Intimate Partners, as well as Secrets, Lies, Betrayals; Intimate Worlds; Unfinished Business; and Body, Mind, Behavior. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, and a Fellow of Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University. She is a contributing editor for The New Republic.

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