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Sara Davidson wrote the definitive book about the baby-boomer generation: the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Loose Change--still in print (and was also made into a six-hour NBC miniseries). She is also the author of Real Property and Cowboy, both national bestsellers. In the 1990s she was co-executive producer and head writer of the CBS series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, and she has produced and written more than 60 hours of other television movies, miniseries, and dramatic episodes. She is a host for her local public radio station, KGNU, in Boulder, Colorado, is a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine, and writes regularly for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Harper's, the Atlantic, the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, and Rolling Stone. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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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. (Feb. 20) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Best known as the author of Loose Change, the quintessential book on coming of age in the turbulent 1960s, journalist Davidson takes her beloved baby-boomer readership on a long, strange trip through middle age and beyond. Like Gail Sheehy in Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life, Davidson skillfully examines the various stages of life, emphasizing the period that Erik H. Erikson, in his landmark Childhood and Society, designated "generative." In this stage, many people shift their energies from acquisitiveness and ambition to cultivating nurturing perspectives, focusing on contributing to the well-being of future generations as well as to self-fulfillment. 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. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Lynne F. Maxwell, Villanova Univ. Sch. of Law Lib., PA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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