Fifty is now what 40 used to be. Many of us feel a little lost. We need some new markers. For while it is pretty to think that life can be plotted this easily, if it could be, there would be no need for the sort of books Sheehy offers the reading public.
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Some parts were interesting but it's now 20 years old and it shows how quickly things have changed. Everyone would laugh at the idea that 50 is old now. A lot was very dull to read though. I wouldn't really bother unless you are doing a sociology degree.
This book is horrible. Fixating primarily on overachieving white people and many more men than women , Sheehy draws "truths" from a ridiculously skewed data set. Even then her deductions seem to be Gail Sheehy is the author of seventeen books, including the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress. A multiple-award-winning literary journalist, she was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since Gail Sheehy.
Millions of readers literally defined their lives through Gail Sheehy's international bestseller Passages, named by a Library of Congress survey as one of the most influential books of our times.
Seven years ago she set out to write a sequel, but instead she discovered a historic revolution in the adult life cycle. People are taking longer to grow up and much longer to die, thereby shifting all the stages of adulthood - by up to ten years. She traces radical changes for the generations now in the Tryout Twenties and Turbulent Thirties and finds baby boomers in the Flourishing Forties rejecting the whole notion of middle age.
In its place Gail Sheehy discovers and maps out a completely new frontier - Second Adulthood in middle life. But we are all a little lost. The old demarcations and descriptions of adulthood, beginning at 21 and ending at 65, are hopelessly out of date. Sheehy presents startling facts: A woman who reaches age 50 today - and remains free of cancer and heart disease - can expect to see her ninety-second birthday.
Similarly, men can expect a dramatically lengthened life span. To plot our route across these vast new stretches of Second Adulthood, we need a new map of adult life. 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 asprofoundly as did the original Passages.
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Here is Passages II, an upbeat, fact-filled, people-rich, but ultimately unsatisfying sequel to the bestseller. Sheehy's earlier Passages borrowed from Erik Erikson and Daniel Levinson of Yale to popularize the theory that the lives of adults as well as children are marked by stages of development, such as the Trying Twenties and Catch, until age 50, when it's smooth sailing. Well, Sheehy is in her 50s now and encountering some rough waters, so she's added a few more stagesthe Flaming Fifties, the Uninhibited Eightiesto her earlier scenario. During that time, women struggle with menopauseand perhaps, she suggests provocatively, so do men. Both reframe their lives, women pushing the envelope on their careers and men often confronting corporate downsizing. Age 50 is also fraught with crises of mortality and meaning, giving passage to the Serene Sixties and Sage Seventies. The flaw in this book lies in the very reason Sheehy wrote it.
Some parts were interesting but it's now 20 years old and it shows how quickly things have changed. Everyone would laugh at the idea that 50 is old now. A lot was very dull to read though. I wouldn't really bother unless you are doing a sociology degree. This book is horrible. Fixating primarily on overachieving white people and many more men than women , Sheehy draws "truths" from a ridiculously skewed data set.
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