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Books by Gail Sheehy

The Adult Life Cycle and the Predictable Crises of Adult Life

Gail Sheehy is one of those wonderful authors that you begin reading and grow with over time. If you feel alone going through a major life crisis, these books will show you you are certainly not alone. We've given away so many copies of Passages as well as her other books over the years to friends in need.

"Millions of readers literally defined their lives through Gail Sheehy's landmark bestseller Passages. 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. A fifty-year-old woman--who remains free of cancer and heart disease-- can expect to see her ninety-second birthday. Men, too, can expect a dramatically lengthened life span. The old demarcations and descriptions of adulthood--beginning at twenty-one and ending at sixty-five--are hopelessly out of date.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."

"Since The Silent Passage was originally published in the early 1990s, Gail Sheehy, a member of the board of the New York Menopause Research Foundation, has been at the forefront of the newest research on menopause. ... she presents essential new data in chapters on The Perimenopause Panic, Menopause in the Workplace, Estrogen and Brainpower, and New Frontiers in Treatment. Candid, enlightening, inspiring, and witty, with the latest information on everything from early menopause to Chinese medicine and natural remedies, The Silent Passage is an indispensable reference for every woman."

In Understanding Men's Passages "Gail Sheehy guides contemporary men through the turbulent challenges and surprising pleasures that begin at forty. As a man crosses that threshold, he is bound to ask midlife's most troubling question: Now what? Work anxieties, concerns over sexual potency, marital and family stress, issues of power, all take on new urgency as men contemplate the decades ahead. But as Gail Sheehy reveals in this major new book, midlife is precisely the period when men are most likely to reinvent themselves and become masters of their fate. In Understanding Men's Passages, Sheehy offers all men--and the women in their lives--an essential guide to self-discovery.

Hundreds of bold, imaginative men--celebrities as well as everyday heroes--share here their most intimate desires, deepest fears, and most fervent cravings for renewal. Decade by decade, Sheehy uncovers the real issues facing men today: finding new passion and purpose to invigorate the second half of their lives, dealing with "manopause," surviving job change, enjoying post-nesting zest, defeating depression, and learning what keeps a man young."

Passages in Caregiving. "No one really expects it, but at some time or another, just about everyone has been—or will be—responsible for giving care for a sustained period to someone close to them. Gail Sheehy, who has chronicled every major turning point for modern Americans, knows firsthand the trials, fears, and rare joys of caregiving. Now she takes you by the hand and shows you that you will get through this—and you will do the right things.

With empathy and intelligence, backed by formidable research, and interspersed with poignant stories of her experience and that of other successful caregivers, Passages in Caregiving examines the arc of caregiving from the very first signs of trouble—providing invaluable advice and guidance to help turn a stressful, life-altering situation into a journey that can be safely navigated and from which everyone can benefit."