Understanding Men's Passages by Gail Sheehy
Discovering the New Map of Men's Lives

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This is a book every man should read and every woman will.

Understanding Men's Passages is the most intimate and candid account of what men's lives are really like today, revealing their doubts, their passions, their hunger for renewal. Given their increasingly unpredictable and elongated lives, men need to reinvent themselves and expand the ways they demonstrate their manliness.  
     Hundreds of men have told their stories in their own words to Gail Sheehy, author of the bestselling New Passages and The Silent Passage. Sheehy makes the case that it is men in middle life who have the best chance to become masters of their fates. Featured are confidences from both celebrities and everyday heroes, creating a mirror in which every man can locate his possibilities for growth and change. These bold, feisty, imaginative men recount how they have discovered what is missing and forged new directions to invigorate the second half of their lives. They share a fantastic secret: "Hey, I'm not as old as I used to be!"
     Understanding Men's Passages is a concise guide for men (and the women in their lives) as they confront the major issues of each passage:

¸  How do you make change work for you?
¸  Where can you find new passion and pur-pose?
¸  How can you be the father you wish your father was?
¸  What can you do to exercise influence as you grow older?
¸  How can you deal successfully with "male menopause"?
¸  What strategies can defeat depression?
¸  How can you survive a job change or downsizing?
¸  What keeps a man young?
¸  When men and women face the same passage with different needs and directions, how does marriage survive?

     The stories of men who are redirecting their lives offer concrete information as well as inspiration.Gail Sheehy's Understanding Men's Passages will be a man's secret friend--a short, witty, knowing guide to self-renewal. And every woman will find it a must-read.

About Gail Sheehy

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Millions of readers defined their lives through Gail Sheehy's landmark work, Passages, and through its bestselling sequel, New Passages. Among her twelve books is the huge international bestseller that broke the taboo around menopause, The Silent Passage. Ms. Sheehy is also a political journalist and contributing editor to Vanity Fair. The mother of two daughters, she divides her time between New York City and Berkeley, California, where she lives with her husband, editor and lecturer Clay Felker.From the Hardcover edition.
Published January 1, 1998 by Random House. 292 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Despite some facile passages, the bestselling journalist Sheehy (Passages, 1976; New Passages, 1995; etc.) has done it again: engaged in a good deal of research, interviewed many of the right people, and then produced a beautifully readable, very useful guide to important aspects of adult human d...

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In a constructive, enlightening guide to self-discovery for men and their partners, the author of Passages and New Passages uses 100 male interviewees, case histories and medical and psychological research to probe men's feelings about death, spiritual hollowness, empty nest syndrome, separation ...

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Spirituality & Practice

Armed with solid research, interviews with hundreds of individuals, and thought-provoking illustrative material, the always reliable Gail Sheehy (Passages) presents her portrait of the different stages of "second adulthood" for men.

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