The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the Twenty-five Years After 50

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Author . Farrar, Straus & Giroux $25 (260p) ISBN 978-0-374-27549-5

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.)

Reviewed on: 10/20/2008
Release date: 01/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
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