Understanding Men’s Passages: Discovering the New Map of Men’s Lives

About the Book

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 best-selling 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!”

praise for men’s passages

"Sheehy’s advice, bolstered with demographic research, group interviews, medical commentary and personal testimony, is tough and wise." –The New York Times Book Review

"Sheehy 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 development… The cumulative mass of her information, observations, and anecdotes is immensely impressive." –Kirkus Reviews

"Her book will encourage and comfort many men, who–reluctant to confide in their friends or even in their wives–had imagined they were the only ones disheartened and confused by the thorny, arduous path from one stage of life to another." –People

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