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New Passages

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Written by Gail SheehyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Gail Sheehy

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
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  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • On Sale: May 28, 1996
  • Price: $18.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-40445-9 (0-345-40445-9)
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The old demarcations and descriptions of adulthood--beginning at twenty-one and ending at sixty-five--are hopelessly out of date.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. This groundbreaking work is certain to awaken and permanently alter the way we think about ourselves.

"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