New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time

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An inspirational book about the issues men and women face as they pass into the second half of their lives, full of optimism and insights that change the way you think about yourself.

Gail Sheehy employs in-depth social analysis and hundreds of interviews with British and American men and women aged 40 to 90 to pinpoint the issues people are having to face in the second half of their lives these days, for instance: having children later, being forced into early retirement, children staying at home into their 30s, and accepting that we may live into our 80s or 90s.

Sheehy is a master at digging into people’s minds and pinpointing universal issues in a highly readable way. There isn’t another book on this area of life which is as illuminating, insightful or original.

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‘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’
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‘STOP AND RECALCULATE,’ WRITES GAIL SHEEHY. ‘IMAGINE THE DAY YOU TURN 45 AS THE INFANCY OF ANOTHER LIFE

In the last twenty years a historic revolution has occurred in the adult lifecycle. Young people are waiting until their 30s to leave home and get married, more women are having children at 40 to leave home and get married, more women are having children at 40 or over, 50-year-old men are being forced into early retirement, 60-year-olds feel like 50, and 70-year-olds feel like 60. People are taking longer to grow up, and much longer to die.

Healthy men or women who reach age 50 can expect to live until 80 or 90. These people are now rejecting the whole notion of ‘mid-life decline’ and heading for a completely new frontier – a Second Adulthood full of new ideas, renewed enthusiasm, self-confidence and fulfilment.

But how are they coping with the new dilemmas and demands that Second Adulthood brings?

'New Passages' takes the stories of hundreds of people, backed up with extensive research and social analysis, to explore the new stages of adult life. Inspiring and informative, Gail Sheehy’s insights will not only help you make sense of your own life by understanding others, but will permanently alter the way you think about yourself.

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