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Leap!

What Will We Do with the Rest of Our Lives?
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Ballantine
 | 
February, 2008
ISBN:
9780345478092
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  Sara Davidson was a successful journalist, but in her fifties her life came apart: She could no longer find work, she broke up with her partner, and her children left for college. For the first time ever, she had nothing to do. She felt adrift, but found that she was not alone.

In Leap!, Davidson sets out on a passionate quest to learn how to do the coming years well. Drawing on her own experience and that of others, she explores such questions as: How does a high-powered person learn to walk down the ladder gracefully? How can women continue to be sensual and not touch-deprived, if they outnumber men and aren’t gay? How do we arrange to grow old with our friends, and not be marooned someplace with strangers? What will be the fire at the center of our lives? Why are we still here?

Davidson interviewed 200 people from all walks of life, including such icons as Carly Simon, Tom Hayden, Andrew Weil, Tracy Kidder, Jane Fonda, and Ram Dass, as well as teachers, writers, psychologists, businesspeople, and spiritual leaders. The candid portraits are both inspiring and cautionary. True to character, boomers will approach these years differently from previous generations, and there will be no single path. Some will feel free for the first time to take risks; others will embark upon a spiritual search; some will want to give back, to make the world a better place; others will want to play or make creativity a priority.

Leap! holds up a mirror for readers.

I’ve found that everyone must go through “the narrows”—the rough passage to a different phase of life. If you don’t do it voluntarily, the world or your body will force you to.  There’s sunlight at the end, though, and each person seems to find a unique way through.

“Smart, funny and beautifully written, Leap! is a travel guide into  the Great Boomer Unknown. Sara Davidson brings us face to face with what we were and who we are becoming. The good news is: we’re not sexually dead, there’s still time to change the world, and we’ll get by with a little help from our friends.” —Joan Borysenko, co-author of Your Soul’s Compass

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Thirty years ago, Sara Davidson wrote the phenomenal bestseller Loose Change, the definitive book about the boomer generations coming-of-age. Now this witty social observer has again turned her discerning eye to her contemporaries, with Leap!, a no-holds-barred, illuminating, and hopeful look at the choices and challenges we face and the roads open to us.

For many years Davidson earned a living as a successful journalist and screenwriter, but in her fifties she saw her life come apart: She could no longer find work, she endured a break-up with her partner, and her children left for college. For the first time ever, she had nothing to do. She felt adrift, but she found that she was not alone.

In Leap!, Davidson sets out on a passionate quest to learn how to do the coming years well. Drawing on her own experience and that of others, she explores such questions as

How does a high-powered person learn to walk down the ladder gracefully?
How can women continue to be sensual and not touch-deprived?
How do we arrange to grow old with our friends?
What will be the fire at the center of our lives?
Why are we still here?

Davidson interviews people from across the country and from all walks of life, including such icons as Carly Simon, Tom Hayden, Tracy Kidder, Jane Fonda, Ram Dass, and Iman, as well as teachers, writers, psychologists, businesspeople, and spiritual leaders. The candid portraits are both inspiring and cautionary.

True to character, boomers will approach these years differently from previous generations, and there will be no single path. Some will feel free for the first time to take risks; others will embark upon a spiritual search; some will want to give back, to make the world a better place; others will want to play or make creativity a priority. But they will not fade quietly into the sunset.

With Leap!, Sara Davidson holds up a mirror for readers, allowing them to see not only themselves and those around them but their potential future. With Davidson as a guide, the possibilities are boundless.


From the Hardcover edition.

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