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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by Catherine Herbert Howell, K. David Harrison
by Mel C. Miskimen
by Carol Barkin, Audrey Cohen, Lorenza Colletti, Barbara Eisenberg, Barbara J. Goldstein, Madelaine Perri Kasden, Phyllis Levine, Ariella Long, Rita Volpe, Ellen Mitchell
by Robin Marantz Henig, Samantha Henig
by Barbara Cohen
by Erez Cohen
by Rich Cohen
by Patricia Hickman
by Patricia Briggs
by Patricia Thayer
by Patricia McKissack
by Patricia Bracewell
"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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