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Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free

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The wisdom of saying goodbye

In this wise and provocative book, the renowned sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot trains her lens on the myriad exits we make in our lives: exits big and small, extraordinary and ordinary, quick and protracted, painful and liberating.

     Exits are ubiquitous. Part of the historical narrative of our country, they mark the physical landscapes we inhabit; theyre braided into the arc of our individual development, laced into our intergenerational relationships, shaped by economic crisis, global mobility, and technological innovations. But we tend to ignore them, often seeing them as signs of failure.

     For two years Lawrence-Lightfoot traveled around the country listening to people tell their stories of leaving, witnessing rituals of goodbye, and producing the penetrating portraits that have become her signature. A gay man who finds home and wholeness after coming out of the closet; a sixteen-year-old-boy forced to leave Iran in the midst of a violent civil war; a Catholic priest who leaves the church; an anthropologist who carefully stages her departure from the field after years of research; and many more. Lawrence-Lightfoot shares their stories with sympathy and insight, finding the universal patterns that reframe our exit narratives.

     Exit finds wisdom in the possibility of moving on. It marks the start of a new conversation: a chance to discover how to make our exits with dignity and grace.

Review:

"Following The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50, Harvard education professor and MacArthur fellow Lawrence-Lightfoot has penned an examination of how people exit careers, countries, and even life. Believing that the small departures we make daily prepare us for the large ones — emigration, divorce, death — the author argues that each is a drama of ambivalence, decision-making, and epiphany. Lawrence-Lightfoot brilliantly creates intricate narratives of departures accomplished by 10 subjects — from, for example, Iran, the closet, bullying at school. Along the way, she only glances at important related topics, such as how immigrants are treated in America or the care of the terminally ill or dying. Her focus remains on exits that, she maintains, 'are often ignored or invisible' in a culture that values embarking on new ventures and experiences. Agent: Ike Williams, Kneerim and Williams. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

From a renowned sociologist, the wisdom of saying goodbye

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is enthralled by exits: long farewells, quick goodbyes, sudden endings, the ordinary and the extraordinary. Theres a relationship, she attests, between small goodbyes and our ability “to master and mark the larger farewells.”

In Exit, her tenth book, she explores the ways we leave one thing and move on to the next; how we anticipate, define, and reflect on our departures; our epiphanies that something is over and done with.  

Lawrence-Lightfoot, a sociologist and a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has interviewed more than a dozen women and men in states of major change, and she paints their portraits with sympathy and insight: a gay man who finds home and wholeness after coming out; a sixteen-year-old boy forced to leave Iran in the midst of the violent civil war; a Catholic priest who leaves the church he has always been devoted to, he life he has loved, and the work that has been deeply fulfilling; an anthropologist who carefully stages her departure from he “field” after four years of research; and many more.

Too often, Lawrence-Lightfoot believes, we exalt new beginnings t the expense of learning from our goodbyes. Exit finds isdom and perspective in the possibility of moving on and marks the start of a new conversation, to help us discover how we might make our exits with purpose and dignity.

About the Author

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard. As a sociologist, she examines the culture of schools, the patterns and structures of classroom life, socialization within families and communities, and the relationships between culture and learning styles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374151195
Subtitle:
The Endings That Set Us Free
Author:
Lawrence Lightfoot, Sara
Author:
Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara
Publisher:
Sarah Crichton Books
Subject:
Personalityy
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
Personality
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130611
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Notes/Selected Sources
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Following The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50, Harvard education professor and MacArthur fellow Lawrence-Lightfoot has penned an examination of how people exit careers, countries, and even life. Believing that the small departures we make daily prepare us for the large ones — emigration, divorce, death — the author argues that each is a drama of ambivalence, decision-making, and epiphany. Lawrence-Lightfoot brilliantly creates intricate narratives of departures accomplished by 10 subjects — from, for example, Iran, the closet, bullying at school. Along the way, she only glances at important related topics, such as how immigrants are treated in America or the care of the terminally ill or dying. Her focus remains on exits that, she maintains, 'are often ignored or invisible' in a culture that values embarking on new ventures and experiences. Agent: Ike Williams, Kneerim and Williams. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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From a renowned sociologist, the wisdom of saying goodbye

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is enthralled by exits: long farewells, quick goodbyes, sudden endings, the ordinary and the extraordinary. Theres a relationship, she attests, between small goodbyes and our ability “to master and mark the larger farewells.”

In Exit, her tenth book, she explores the ways we leave one thing and move on to the next; how we anticipate, define, and reflect on our departures; our epiphanies that something is over and done with.  

Lawrence-Lightfoot, a sociologist and a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has interviewed more than a dozen women and men in states of major change, and she paints their portraits with sympathy and insight: a gay man who finds home and wholeness after coming out; a sixteen-year-old boy forced to leave Iran in the midst of the violent civil war; a Catholic priest who leaves the church he has always been devoted to, he life he has loved, and the work that has been deeply fulfilling; an anthropologist who carefully stages her departure from he “field” after four years of research; and many more.

Too often, Lawrence-Lightfoot believes, we exalt new beginnings t the expense of learning from our goodbyes. Exit finds isdom and perspective in the possibility of moving on and marks the start of a new conversation, to help us discover how we might make our exits with purpose and dignity.

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