In Our Prime

The Invention of Middle Age
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Product Number: DD19081
Released: Jan 23, 2012
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ISBN: #9781452606200
Narrator/s: Pam Ward
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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From the New York Times reporter whose beat is culture and ideas comes a fascinating, revelatory, and timely social history of the concept of middle age. For the first time ever, the middle-aged make up the biggest, richest, and most influential segment of the country, yet the history of middle age has remained largely untold. This important and immensely readable book finally fills the gap.In Our Prime is a biography of the idea of middle age from its invention in the late nineteenth century to its current place at the center of American society, where it shapes the way we view our families, our professional obligations, and our inner lives. Patricia Cohen ranges over the entire landscape of midlife, exploring how its biological, psychological, and social definitions have shifted from one generation to the next. Middle age has been a symbol both of decline and of power and wealth. Explaining why, Cohen takes readers from early-twentieth-century factories that refused to hire middle-aged men to twenty-first-century high-tech laboratories where researchers are currently conducting cutting-edge experiments on the middle-aged brain and body.

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Author(s): Patricia Cohen

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In Our Prime
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Author(s): Patricia Cohen
Narrator(s): Pam Ward
Product Number Z100027598
Released: Jan 23, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452626208
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Author(s): Patricia Cohen
Product Number EB00579274
Released: Sep 29, 2014
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: #9781416579854

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"Patricia Cohen's examination of middle age starts with ruminations on what it means in American culture. Pam Ward narrates with tones of playfulness and a bit of cynicism. As the book sharpens its focus on the shifting attitudes and concerns of middle-aged Americans, Ward's reading becomes more serious--sometimes angry. Her voice reflects Cohen's irritation with employers and marketers who value the younger generation. Cohen is thorough and interesting as she tracks social attitudes from the 1800s into the 21st century. These historical insights are the most interesting part of the book, even if they could be unsettling to middle-aged listeners. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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