Publisher description for Leap : what will we do with the rest of our lives? / Sara Davidson.


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Thirty years ago, Sara Davidson wrote the phenomenal bestseller Loose Change, the definitive book about the baby-boomer generation 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 boomers face and the roads open to them.
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 step down the ladder gracefully?
• How can women be sensual and not touch-deprived the number of available partners is steadily dwindling?
• How can we arrange to grow old with our friends?
• What will be the fire at the center of our lives?
• Why are we still here?

She interviews people from across the country and from all walks of life, including such icons as Carly Simon, Tom Hayden, Dr. Andrew Weil, Jane Fonda, Ram Dass, and Bebe Moore Campbell, as well as teachers, writers, psychologists, businesswomen, 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 ride quietly into the sunset.

With Leap!, 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 trusted guide, the possibilities are boundless.


Sara Davidson is the bestselling author of Cowboy, Real Property, and Loose Change, which was adapted into an NBC miniseries. She was co-executive producer of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, has written more than sixty hours of television, and has been a host on public radio. A contributing editor of O: The Oprah Magazine, she also conducts celebrity interviews for Reader’s Digest and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Harper’s, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, and can be reached at www.saradavidson.com.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Middle aged persons -- Life skills guides.
Baby boom generation -- Life skills guides.
Middle aged persons -- Conduct of life.
Baby boom generation -- Conduct of life.