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The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50

 
 
 
 
The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50
Author: Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
ISBN 13: 9780374532215
ISBN 10: 374532214
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Publication Date: 2009-12-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $15.00
 
 

Renowned sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot challenges the still-prevailing and anachronistic images of aging by documenting and revealing the ways in which the years between ages fifty and seventy-five---the third chapter---may, in fact, be the most transformative and generative time in a person's life.

Publishers Weekly

New opportunities for creativity and self-fulfillment await men and women between the ages of 50 and 75. Sociologist Lawrence-Lightfoot (Balm in Gilead) coins the term "Third Chapter" to describe the rich possibilities as illustrated in her extended interviews with 40 well-educated, affluent Americans. Founding her thesis on classic formulations of life-stage development, particularly that of Erik Erikson, the author offers a wide range of models for people who feel burned out, restless or dissatisfied with their lives, describing how each of her subjects became "a different person." A newspaper executive retires and devotes himself to fiction writing and playing jazz piano; a law firm partner leaves work behind and develops small urban gardens; in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attack, an artist organizes interfaith quilting groups; a neurobiologist moves from the laboratory to the public arena, to work with HIV/AIDS patients in East Africa. Readers feeling that something is missing from their lives, that there is something more they can contribute, will find this book a helpful guide. (Jan.)

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