Understanding Men's Passages: Discovering the New Map of Men's Lives

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Ballantine Books, 1999 - Social Science - 298 pages
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Her stunning bestsellers Passages and New Passages brilliantly mapped the changes we live through from youth to maturity. Now Gail Sheehy guides contemporary men through the turbulent challenges and surprising pleasures that begin at forty. As a man crosses that threshold, he is bound to ask midlife's most troubling question: Now what? Work anxieties, concerns over sexual potency, marital and family stress, issues of power, all take on new urgency as men contemplate the decades ahead. But as Gail Sheehy reveals in this major new book, midlife is precisely the period when men are most likely to reinvent themselves and become masters of their fate. In Understanding Men's Passages, Sheehy offers all men--and the women in their lives--an essential guide to self-discovery.

Hundreds of bold, imaginative men--celebrities as well as everyday heroes--share here their most intimate desires, deepest fears, and most fervent cravings for renewal. Decade by decade, Sheehy uncovers the real issues facing men today: finding new passion and purpose to invigorate the second half of their lives, dealing with "manopause," surviving job change, enjoying post-nesting zest, defeating depression, and learning what keeps a man young.

Informative and inspiring, grounded in fact and full of fascinating life stories, Understanding Men's Passages is a landmark that will take its place beside Gail Sheehy's epoch-making Passages and New Passages.

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Despite some facile passages, the bestselling journalist Sheehy (Passages, 1976; New Passages, 1995; etc.) has done it again: engaged in a good deal of research, interviewed many of the right people ... Read full review

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Sigh. I am reluctant to admit to having checked this one out of the library. It is just as bad as one might think: while there are some nuggets of useful information (particularly regarding the arc of male sexuality and depression, both of which take distinctly different forms in male and female adults), the writing is so unimpressive, the illustrative examples so often opportunities for Sheehy to name-drop, the observations so often banal, that the whole thing feels like junk food and I have the same lack of satisfaction and sullen sense that I should have known better that I would from succumbing to a mini-packet of Oreos. I hereby vow to hold out for a book about men written by Christiane Northrup instead. 



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About the author (1999)

Millions of readers defined their lives through Gail Sheehy's landmark work, Passages, and through its bestselling sequel, New Passages. Among her twelve books is the huge international bestseller that broke the taboo around menopause, The Silent Passage. Ms. Sheehy is also a political journalist and contributing editor to Vanity Fair. The mother of two daughters, she divides her time between New York City and Berkeley, California, where she lives with her husband, editor and lecturer Clay Felker.

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