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From the Publisher"Retiring means more than just quitting work. It is one of life's major transitions that can carry heavy-duty emotional and psychological issues, involving nothing less than a redefinition of the self. Breaking the Watch: The Meanings of Retirement in America grapples with the meaning and ramifications of this transition. . . . Mr. Savishinsky. . . does an admirable job of interviewing his 26 retirees on a wide range of topics and it's the voices of the retirees that power the book."—Fred Brock, The New York Times. August 6, 2000.
"This book. . . includes valuable information for younger (and older) readers, too. . . . The retirees studied here are thoughtful, often eloquent observers of their new position in life; their "voices" are vivid and enlightening. . . ."—Mary Carroll, Booklist. October, 2000.
"This book is an excellent, well-researched volume. . . . the well-reasoned discussions and thoughtful portraits offered make this a worthwhile purchase for both academic and public libraries."—Library Journal, October 1, 2000.
"Savishinsky brings his considerable research skills and experience with other projects on aging to bear on this essentially anecdotal study. . . . "—Publishers Weekly, September 25, 2000.
"Savishinsky treats his readers to very compelling narratives of loss, insight, triumph, and disappointment, told in lovingly crafted prose, weaving the lives of his interviewees together as their own paths cross. His book is an ethnography of retirement but also a guide to doing it well."—Steven M. Albert, Columbia University. Current Anthropology, Vol. 43, No. 2, April 2002
"The book is organized in a unique way. Each chapter (1-6) is prefaced by a conversation with a retiree and is followed by a set of life stories dealing with the same dilemma. This is where Savishinsky's strategy of letting the participants speak for themselves works superbly with the vivid and eloquent voices. . . Overall the book will be a good reader for anyone—lay or expert—who is interested in aging and retirement."—Shin-Kap Han, University of Illinois. American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 107, No. 2, September 2001
"This book shines with the earned dignity of those whose lives (and fate) it attentively and respectfully documents. Here, for all of us to understand, are the later years some Americans have taken on—and here we learn of elderly resourcefulness, reflection, imagination, determination: life as it approaches the end becomes a spell of challenge—of humanity affirmed, achieved."—Robert Coles, Harvard University
"A splendid book for anyone planning or taking retirement. Breaking the Watch resonates with the lively voices, illuminating stories, and wisdom of men and women who've made the challenging transition from employment to retirement. Kudos to Joel Savishinsky for this unique guide to the art of living in retirement."—Carl Klaus, author of Taking Retirement: A Beginner's Diary
"In his wonderful book, Breaking the Watch, Joel Savishinsky follows a group of women and men as they make the transition from work to retirement. Inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking, this book is an example of qualitative research at its best."—Jill Quadagno, Florida State University
"Heads and shoulders above the many first-person how-to books about 'succeeding' at retirement, Breaking the Watch gives us a three-dimensional, rounded view of the retirement experience. I can't think of another book on retired life that comes close to this one."—David J. Ekerdt, University of Kansas
"The portraits in Breaking the Watch are nuanced, intimate, and recognizable. They reflect not only the nature of retirement, but also the far larger issues of relationship and the quest for purpose in life. Joel Savishinky's book is lucidly written and compelling, a unique and invaluable work." —Thomas Gregor, Vanderbilt University