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The subtitle's question is posed to baby boomers; the author's answers offer an array of arresting possibilities. Davidson, whose book Loose Change tracked three '60s Berkeley radicals, interviews well-known men and women as well as ordinary citizens and deals with such subjects as sex in the age of Cialis, finding work that expresses your purpose in life, finding a community to grow old with and finding a spiritual path. Davidson weaves in her own story, contrasting her decision to remain a writer with Marcia Seligson's midlife choice to give up a writing career to found a musical theater. Some of the "leaps" represent spiritual transformation, such as how Sally Kempton left the ashram where she had been a disciple of Swami Muktananda for 27 years and adopted a new life of teaching and writing. Davidson compares the late marriage of Gloria Steinem at age 66 with Jane Fonda's ability to finally live without a man after her divorce from Ted Turner. Many of Davidson's subjects are from her own social circles, so her book won't apply to everyone. But her engaging and provocative anecdotes will inspire hope and creative thinking about the future in many readers. (Feb. 20)
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About the Author

Sara Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties; Joan: Forty Years of Life, Loss, and Friendship with Joan Didion; and Leap! She has written for the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Harper's, The Atlantic, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. Davidson lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Half the author's proceeds go to support the Reb Zalman Legacy Project.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345478096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345478092
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Kayton on May 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sara Davidson may not have been aware when she wrote Leap! that it would not only be a guide for aging baby boomers, but also a healing message for those in grief.

Let me explain. I was intrigued by the Newsweek review of the book, and bought it in March shortly after it came out. However, I didn't read it right away. I have a high stress Silicon Valley job that leaves little time for reading books. "I'll get to it when I get a chance," I told myself.

Regrettably, in the past month, I have had that chance. I've been on leave from my job since mid-April, when my 22-year old son drowned in a boating accident. Among other grief counseling, I have read "grief" related books people recommended -- but they were not terribly satisfactory.

So over the last week, I picked up Leap! from my stack of unread books, and read it. Leap! has done more to focus my mind on what to do under these tragic circumstances than almost all, if not all, of the other things I have done. At a minimum, I am thinking about quitting my job (I can afford to) and live life as Davidson has suggested. My son's premature death has shown me that life is too short and uncertain to do anything else.

So many thanks to Sara Davidson for writing something that, inadvertenly or not, has been a true inspiration and source of comfort.

(This review written by Sue Kayton's husband using her account.)
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Davidson's `Leap' is essentially about what we do after work and before death. She answers with an array of loosely attached anecdotal answers showing the tenuous relationship between the success and wealth of baby-boomers and the ideals they experienced and held in the 1960's.

Her discussion on aging seems to settle for the more Oprah-friendly answers of - "Don't fight it. Get used to it. Accept and embrace it. Take care of your health and sanity." Of course she writes in a more engaging style and as a result her words aren't nearly as blandly stated. At the same time I wanted more substance, significance, and deeper answers - those she's found to be true about the human condition, beauty, morality, and life.

She writes, "I can't sleep either. I fall asleep but wake at 2 a.m., shaking with fear. What am I supposed to do for the next 30 years? I've raised my kids, written best sellers, had deep love ... Why am I still here?"

That is the ultimate question, and in asking this question one faces what Davidson calls `going through the narrows'.

She goes on to say, "While there's no single route through the narrows, I can tell you that there's sunlight and air at the other side. What became clear for me may be utterly different than for you. I've talked with a man who's building a hospital in Uganda, a woman who's becoming a nun at 50, a couple who are adopting a child at 61. Others have a passion to live near their families and play golf."

My question is, "Is there no hierarchy in our choices?" She seems to suggest that all decisions are equally valid. You can play golf, watch tv, help the homeless - whatever works for you. I'm not sure if I buy this. Certainly a diversity of involvement in life can result in a well-rounded person.
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Poor Sara. She is baffled by the rejection that keeps coming her way. No one wants to buy her self-described "edgy" screenplay that features "a lovable and loyal bloodhound that gets its throat cut while its owner is forced to watch." When she arrives in India a week late for a brief "volunteer vacation" during which she whines about the conditions and sneaks away to a luxury hotel to take a hot shower, she can't understand why the other volunteers want nothing to do with her.

Her attempt to find answers about how to deal with her failures is to interview her large cadre of successful friends and acquaintances. She reassures the reader of each person's worth by listing their accomplishments as well as any famous people with whom they may have worked. Wow! Sara knows someone who used to work for a once-famous entertainer! Sara was once married to a man whose father wrote hit musicals in the thirties! She talked to a plastic surgeon who "will not confirm or deny" that he has worked on famous singers! She knows someone who was once a staff writer for a sitcom! Even the never-famous high school English teacher "taught literature at one of the most rigorous schools in Manhattan." Pity the poor teachers who teach at the less rigorous schools. This book has little use for them. Most of the people interviewed in this book have found at least a modicum of wealth and fame in some artistic endeavor, and Davidson spares the reader little detail as she describes each person's tremendous physical attractiveness and gorgeous, expensive residence.

This book beautifully illustrates the kind of self-absorbed, self-important, self-centered perspective that makes Americans so beloved around the world.
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This book promised a lot and delivered very little. The cover tag touts: informative, entertaining, and above all, helpful. Leap! strikes out on all three counts. It read like a boring letter from an acquaintance who was very into name-dropping. I've enjoyed other people's vacation pictures more. There was nothing in this book that provided boomers with real-world options to use as they move through this life transition. Most of us don't relate to Jane Fonda, Carly Simon or the CEO of Air America Radio. What I was looking for was some advice from others in their boomer years for coping with life after 50. I wanted tried-and-true ideas about what to do now that my kids are grown and I have some time to devote to myself. This book is not the place to find that information. But if you want to read about all the famous writers, actors, models, etc. that Sara Davidson has known, this is the book for you.
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