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Leap!: What Will We Do with the Rest of Our Lives?

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ISBN13: 9780345478085
ISBN10: 0345478088
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Thirty years ago, Sara Davidson wrote the phenomenal bestseller Loose Change, the definitive book about the boomer generation's coming-of-age. Now this witty social observer has again turned her discerning eye to her contemporaries, with Leap!, a no-holds-barred, illuminating, and hopeful look at the choices and challenges we face and the roads open to us.

For many years Davidson earned a living as a successful journalist and screenwriter, but in her fifties she saw her life come apart: She could no longer find work, she endured a break-up with her partner, and her children left for college. For the first time ever, she had nothing to do. She felt adrift, but she found that she was not alone.

In Leap!, Davidson sets out on a passionate quest to learn how to do the coming years well. Drawing on her own experience and that of others, she explores such questions as:

  • How does a high-powered person learn to walk down the ladder gracefully?
  • How can women continue to be sensual and not touch-deprived?
  • How do we arrange to grow old with our friends?
  • What will be the fire at the center of our lives?
  • Why are we still here?
Davidson interviews people from across the country and from all walks of life, including such icons as Carly Simon, Tom Hayden, Tracy Kidder, Jane Fonda, Ram Dass, and Iman, as well as teachers, writers, psychologists, businesspeople, and spiritual leaders. The candid portraits are both inspiring and cautionary.

True to character, boomers will approach these years differently from previous generations, and there will be no single path. Some will feel free for the first time to take risks; others will embark upon a spiritual search; some will want to give back, to make the world a better place; others will want to play or make creativity a priority. But they will not fade quietly into the sunset.

With Leap!, Sara Davidson holds up a mirror for readers, allowing them to see not only themselves and those around them but their potential future. With Davidson as a guide, the possibilities are boundless.

Review:

"The subtitle's question is posed to baby boomers; the author's answers offer an array of arresting possibilities. Davidson, whose book Loose Change tracked three '60s Berkeley radicals, interviews well-known men and women as well as ordinary citizens and deals with such subjects as sex in the age of Cialis, finding work that expresses your purpose in life, finding a community to grow old with and finding a spiritual path. Davidson weaves in her own story, contrasting her decision to remain a writer with Marcia Seligson's midlife choice to give up a writing career to found a musical theater. Some of the 'leaps' represent spiritual transformation, such as how Sally Kempton left the ashram where she had been a disciple of Swami Muktananda for 27 years and adopted a new life of teaching and writing. Davidson compares the late marriage of Gloria Steinem at age 66 with Jane Fonda's ability to finally live without a man after her divorce from Ted Turner. Many of Davidson's subjects are from her own social circles, so her book won't apply to everyone. But her engaging and provocative anecdotes will inspire hope and creative thinking about the future in many readers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Interviewing friends, colleagues, and cultural luminaries such as singer Carly Simon, actress/activist Jane Fonda, and spiritual teacher Ram Dass, Davidson scrutinizes ways in which personal values evolve with age. Along the way, she chronicles her own fascinating journey from mainstream media success to insecurity and back to security, this time on her own terms." Library Journal

Review:

"With unsparing honesty and relentless research, Davidson has created a powerful if often unsettling account of the risks and losses age inflicts, as well as the rewards it may hold for those as intrepid as herself." Boston Globe

Review:

"Davidson lays out the myriad challenges facing the nearly 75 million-strong boomers and looks at healthy, productive ways they are confronting aging and change." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"No matter how many anecdotes about people who make tremendous changes late in their lives...if they almost all come from the same socio-economic background, and it's not the one you inhabit, let's face it, their options are not your options." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Davidson interviews well-known men and women as well as ordinary citizens on topics such as sex in the age of Cialis, finding meaningful work later in life, having a community to grow old with, and discovering a spiritual path — and sets out on a passionate quest to learn how to do the coming years well.

About the Author

Sara Davidson is a journalist, screenwriter, and radio host, as well as the author of best-selling novels Cowbody and Loose Change. In television, she created two drama series, which ran on ABC. She was later co-executive producer of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, wrote hundreds of hours of drama episodes, movies, and miniseries, and in 1994 was nominated for a Golden Globe. She lives in Los Angeles.

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misofun, May 10, 2007 (view all comments by misofun)
Fantastic accounts on how people determine what they will do with the rest of their lives. Great read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345478085
Subtitle:
What Will We Do with the Rest of Our Lives?
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Davidson, Sara
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Baby boom generation
Subject:
Spiritual
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Middle aged persons -- Conduct of life.
Subject:
General Self-Help
Publication Date:
20070220
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.32x6.38x1.07 in. 1.30 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Random House - English 9780345478085 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The subtitle's question is posed to baby boomers; the author's answers offer an array of arresting possibilities. Davidson, whose book Loose Change tracked three '60s Berkeley radicals, interviews well-known men and women as well as ordinary citizens and deals with such subjects as sex in the age of Cialis, finding work that expresses your purpose in life, finding a community to grow old with and finding a spiritual path. Davidson weaves in her own story, contrasting her decision to remain a writer with Marcia Seligson's midlife choice to give up a writing career to found a musical theater. Some of the 'leaps' represent spiritual transformation, such as how Sally Kempton left the ashram where she had been a disciple of Swami Muktananda for 27 years and adopted a new life of teaching and writing. Davidson compares the late marriage of Gloria Steinem at age 66 with Jane Fonda's ability to finally live without a man after her divorce from Ted Turner. Many of Davidson's subjects are from her own social circles, so her book won't apply to everyone. But her engaging and provocative anecdotes will inspire hope and creative thinking about the future in many readers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Interviewing friends, colleagues, and cultural luminaries such as singer Carly Simon, actress/activist Jane Fonda, and spiritual teacher Ram Dass, Davidson scrutinizes ways in which personal values evolve with age. Along the way, she chronicles her own fascinating journey from mainstream media success to insecurity and back to security, this time on her own terms."
"Review" by , "With unsparing honesty and relentless research, Davidson has created a powerful if often unsettling account of the risks and losses age inflicts, as well as the rewards it may hold for those as intrepid as herself."
"Review" by , "Davidson lays out the myriad challenges facing the nearly 75 million-strong boomers and looks at healthy, productive ways they are confronting aging and change."
"Review" by , "No matter how many anecdotes about people who make tremendous changes late in their lives...if they almost all come from the same socio-economic background, and it's not the one you inhabit, let's face it, their options are not your options."
"Synopsis" by , Davidson interviews well-known men and women as well as ordinary citizens on topics such as sex in the age of Cialis, finding meaningful work later in life, having a community to grow old with, and discovering a spiritual path — and sets out on a passionate quest to learn how to do the coming years well.
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