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Leap!: What Will We Do with the Rest of Our Lives? Paperback – February 26, 2008
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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.)
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I keep re-reading. The chapter on Costa Rica made me decide NOT to move away from the USA when I retire. The chapter on friends was delightful.Published 5 months ago by C
I was looking forward to reading this book. As a hippie-wannabe, Loose Change was my favorite book, and I had hoped for some substance with Leap. Read morePublished 11 months ago by MDGK
Easy reading, entertaining, made me think about my future in retirement. Thank you.Published 14 months ago by Barbara J. Hanna
Excellent book! Full of stories about folks like you and me that'll inspire you to do something spontaneous and different with what's left of your life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joe Bee
If you are from her generation as I am , there was a lot to relate to. At times too much. The author obviously had the opportunity to travel in rarefied circles and meet many... Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by Blues
I wanted to like this book. It was just a bunch of interviews, nothing that provided any sort of guidance. A waste of time.Published on January 23, 2014 by Judy Nedry
I'd agree with other reviewers that this was a marginal read. In short, it's a retelling, by the author, of stories from people's lives who are much more interesting than her own,... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by JMC
I came to this book mostly for an engaging read, and possibly for some new perspective.
Delivered both! Read more
Another excellent book. I highly recommend it, particularly for women over the age of 30. I was advised to get it by my beloved PhD. cousin, and she was, as usual, correct.Published on April 2, 2013 by Bev Eckman-Onyskow