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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At a key moment in the twenty-first century, demographers are recognizing the significance of a distinct developmental phase: those years following early adulthood and middle age when we are “neither young nor old.” Whether by choice or not, many in their “third chapters” are finding ways to adapt, explore, and channel their energies, skills, and passions in new ways and into new areas.

It’s this process of creative reinvention that the renowned sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot details in The Third Chapter, which redefines our views about the casualties and opportunities of aging. She challenges the still-prevailing and anachronistic images of aging by documenting and revealing how the years between fifty and seventy-five may, in fact, be the most transformative and generative time in our lives, tracing the ways in which wisdom, experience, and new learning inspire individual growth and cultural transformation.

The Third Chapter is not a how-to guide but a fascinating work of sociology, full of passionate and poignant stories of risk and vulnerability, failure and resilience, challenge and mastery, experimentation and improvisation, and insight and new learning. These stories reveal a whole world of learning and discovery awaiting those who want it. In The Third Chapter, Lawrence-Lightfoot captures a new moment in history and offers us a book rich with insight and hope about our endless capacity for change and growth.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Diane | 2/20/2014

    " I didn't really read this book, although I tried. Not necessarily the book's fault, it's just at the wrong level of abstraction for my brain. Some good example stories, but not enough to keep me going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeffrey | 2/13/2014

    " This is good advice, if at fifty you're sitting on a tub of money. It lost its relevance with this downturn in the the economy. Retirement, especially early retirement is a thing of the past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sylvia | 2/11/2014

    " Most if the good stuff here was in the end - discussion about the whole notion of "lesiure communities" for elders and how weird that segregated model is for society as a whole. But I did enjoy the author when she joined Bill Moyers on his JOURNAL. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anne | 2/3/2014

    " I liked the concept and some of the stories were inspirational. However, this book covers a very small and specific demographic of the over 50 population. The subjects that were interviewed were all in a very stable financial position which allowed them a lot of flexibility to reinvent themselves in their third chapter of life. I would like to see how those without that financial advantage make the transition into their third chapter. "

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About the Author
Author Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. A sociologist specializing in the culture of schools, socialization within families and communities, and the relationships between culture and learning styles, she is the author of eight books, including I’ve Known Rivers, The Art and Science of Portraiture, and The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other.