New Passages: Mapping Your Life across Time

New Passages: Mapping Your Life across Time

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New Passages: Mapping Your Life across Time by Gail Sheehy

People are taking longer to grow up and much longer to grow old. 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old demarcations and descriptions of adulthood -- beginning at twenty-one and ending at sixty-five -- are hopelessly out of date.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394224473
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/18/1995
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 498

About the Author


New York City and Berkeley, California

Date of Birth:

November 27, 1937


B.A., University of Vermont; M.A., Columbia School of Journalism

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tworoses More than 1 year ago
The best part of Gail's book is the presentation of her extensive research that lets us breathe a sigh of relief. We are not alone in our journey to evolve into our best self. Someone said, Change is the only constant. Gail shows us how we are doing that, even against our will. Terrific info, good read.