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. Download and start listening now!