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Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood Paperback – December 27, 2005
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“I found so many resonances with my own experiences in this book… It will have a huge impact and will clarify so many things for so many women.”—Carol Gilligan, Ph.D., author of In a Different Voice and The Birth of Pleasure
“Suzanne Braun Levine made me understand why I always envied older women . . . life just gets better—more outrageous, more radical, more passionate, less fraught, wiser, deeper, and kinder.” —Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues
“A you-go-girl manual for the menopause crowd.”—People
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OK, there is a period of time where one doesn't know which path to take, but I hate labels, especially cute ones, especially when applied to grown-up women facing serious challenges. I need to lead myself into new terrain, and find my own voice, and I don't need cheerleading and labels. I found the "rah-rah" attitude really lame.
Worse still, the term "F-You Fifties"...I'm sorry, but I got over that language a long, long time ago. I don't think it's amusing.
One of the "success stories" was from a woman who, when she lights up her joints (marijuana) today, has much more pleasant trips. Frankly I felt offended and patronized, and I am no prude...I grew up on Ms. magazine, I went to a Seven Sister school, and I'm from NYC.
I was truly expecting More, as in that wonderful magazine for which Ms. Braun works...
In my fifties I was clearly in the Fertile Void -- trying desperately to figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I had to make a living, that much was clear. Ms. Levine's description of the process -- and the discoveries are a process -- mirrored my own struggles. In my sixties I undertook two major creative projects that satisfied some lifelong interests. This book enabled me to see that my experience was part of a greater community and I was not alone.
The Fertile Void, according to Ms. Levine, is what women pass through at the beginning of our second adulthood -- a time rife with possibilities and it can be daunting. For me, it occurred post-divorce when I was being pushed back into the work world. There were decisions to be made and I might have made better, more interesting ones if I had the advantage of seeing the bigger picture at that time. The journey through the Fertile Void should not be hurried, although it is an uncomfortable time, a time of not knowing, of discovering. There is a second adolescence before the second adulthood is reached, and it's almost as painful as the first, only in different ways.
The journey is about rediscovering your passion -- which doesn't necessarily come in a blinding epiphany -- and facing your fears. It's knowing what you cannot change, and changing what you can.Read more ›
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I LOVE this book! Having recently retired, being within reach of 60, I am reinventing myself. There are a lot of realities discussed about aging, resorting priorities and... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kate Gomes
Excellent book. Confirms what women 50 and above know and we wish society would catch on to; life for us is far from over, or even over the hill. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Schatzie
I was really looking forward to reading this book.
Aging well is a topic near and dear to my heart and something that I have also written about in my book:... Read more
Seemed outdated and undirected. I was looking for a new perspective.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Especially for women going through divorce or some other type of loss. I have given it to friends as a gift.Published 20 months ago by Linda