The author's original Passages was a ground-breaking book about the stages of adulthood, engagingly written. This newer updated version is terrific as well - easy to read and very insightful, no matter what stage of womanhood you are in.
I read this book because I was privileged to hear the author speak about the time it came out. She has a very special gift for analyzing the past and seeing our futures. In today's work world where we hear about generational conflict, Ms Sheehy was talking about those unique generational features a decade ago. Her message is timely and timeless. I enjoyed it then, refer to it often, and believe you would enjoy it also. There were many "aha" moments for me when I read "New Passages".
stubbytate reviewed New Passages: : Mapping Your Life Across Time on
I found this book insightful and very helpful with many ideas and powerful concepts. Some paragraphs I had to read a few times to get the full picture but, once gotten, a few "ah-ha" moments for me as well.
"People are taking longer to grow up and much longer to die, thereby shifting all the stages of adulthood--by up to ten years. Gail Sheehy 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 whole new frontier -- a Second Adulthood in middle life.
"Stop and recalculate," she says. "Imagine the day you turn 45 as the infancy of another life."
People are taking longer to grow up and much longer to die, thereby shifting all the stages of adulthood - by up to 10 years.
NEW PASSAGES tells us we have the ability to customize our own life cycle.
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