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Shortly after arriving on Cape Cod to spend a year by herself, Joan Anderson’s chance encounter with a wise, playful, and astonishing woman helped her usher in the transformations and self-discoveries that led to her ongoing renewal. First glimpsed as a slender figure on a fogged-in beach, Joan Erikson was not only a friend and confidante when one was most needed, but also a guide as Anderson stretched and grew into her unfinished self.

Joan Erikson was perhaps best known for her collaboration with her husband, Erik, a pioneering psychoanalyst and noted author. After Erik’s death, she wrote several books extending their theory of the stages of life to reflect her understanding of aging as she neared ninety-five. But her wisdom was best taught through their friendship; as she sat with Anderson, weaving tapestries of their lives with brightly colored yarn and exploring the strength gathered from their accumulated experiences, Joan Erikson’s lessons took shape on their small cardboard looms as well as in her friend’s revitalized life.

In writing about their extraordinary friendship, Anderson reveals a need she didn’t know she had: for a mentor to help navigate the transitions she faced as she grew beyond middle age. And when Joan Erikson had to face her husband’s death and the growing limitations of her own body, Anderson was able to give back some of the wisdom she had gleaned. To this poignant and ultimately joyful account, Joan Anderson brings the candor and sensitivity that have made her an acclaimed speaker and writer on midlife and its possibilities. A Walk on the Beach is an experience to savor and treasure, a glimpse of the exuberant spirit that can be sustained and passed on in all our friendships.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 2/17/2014

    " First read "A Year by the Sea" and "An Unfinished Marriage" as this is a continuation. While Anderson is living on Cape Cod, she meets Joan Erikson while walking on the beach. Erikson is the wife of psychoanalyst Erik Erikson and a remarkable and insightful woman. At the time Erik Erikson is in poor health and facing death, while Anderson is away from her husband trying to figure out what she wants out of life and her marriage. The friendship of the two Joan's is a special one and the insights they share are remarkable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa Smith | 2/15/2014

    " The 2nd great book by Joan Anderson. In the first book we meet a character named Joan Erickson, wife of famous psychologist Eric Erickson, and immediately fall in love with this elderly free spirit. Her wisdom, light hearted nature and love of dancing will have you waltzing quickly through to the end of the book. If you have ever longed for or have been one of the lucky ones to encounter true friendship, then you have to read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/14/2014

    " It was near the end where I found my favorite bits of wisdom. The author's friendship with Joan Erickson, then 93 years old yielded some priceless quotes: "As long as we are alive, we must keep transforming ourselves" & "It's rather curious, but no matter how old we are, we're always troubled by inexperience-always searching for direction" & "The consistent care necessary to keep the body machinery functioning in spite of age and deterioration is mandatory. A lifetime of training is required. It's so easy to blame....but where the body is concerned there is no time for self-pity" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ellen | 1/30/2014

    " A great impetus for women to explore new options for themselves. "

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