Breaking Point by Martha Beck
: Why Women Fall Apart and How They Can Re-create Their Lives

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Much as Gail Sheehy did in Passages, Dr. Beck articulates a common signpost in women's lives, explaining the five stages which characterize how women arrive at their breaking point, how their age defines their experience, and how they can transcend crisis and move on to redefine their lives.

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Life coach Martha Beck writes a monthly column, "Beck on Call," for "O: The Oprah Magazine," She is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling "Expecting Adam" as well as "Finding Your Own North Star" and "The Joy Diet," She lives with her family in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more about her at, and join the discussion at "From the Hardcover edition.
Published August 5, 1997 by Crown. 403 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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It is the sociologist part of her that successfully defines and describes the paradoxical pressures that place contemporary women in a double bind, a paradox left over from the 18th century: Women are encouraged to achieve today, but are still considered ``unfeminine'' when they do;

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