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“Remember, if forty-five is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of a woman’s Second Adulthood. ”

--Sheehy, The Silent Passage

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As the bestselling author of 16 books, including Passages, Gail Sheehy has rocked the culture and changed the way millions of women and men around the world look at the stages of their lives. In 2010 she takes on the most challenging and personal issue in her latest book: Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos Into Confidence. She tells the inspiring story of her own journey of 17 years caring for her husband and fills the book with stories of Families who we can all relate to, and their most creative strategies.

Bill Moyers wrote: "Trust me, there is no better guide to caregiving."

Typical of rave reviews on Amazon-

"Gail Sheehy has always been there when I needed her", May 4, 2010

By Carol "Inside Aging Parent Care Blog" ( Denver, CO United States )

"Gail Sheehy helped me understand the first big crisis of my adult life when she published Passages in 1976. Now she is addressing my most recent crisis in Passages in Caregiving. She is extending a lifeline to all caregivers of aging parents, Boomers who are juggling care for their own children and their parents and who feel alone, out of control and maybe a little crazy. Gail is telling us all the changes we are going through are normal, and gives us priceless strategies to make this role easier..."

Ms. Sheehy's revolutionary Passages (1976) remained on The New York Times bestseller list for more than three years and has been reprinted in 28 languages. A Library of Congress survey named Passages one of the 10 most-influential books of our time. In The Silent Passage (1992), she broke the taboo surrounding menopause and opened a dialogue vital to maturing women's health. In New Passages and Understanding Men's Passages (1995), she revisited the stages of adult life and mapped out a completely new frontier entitled "Second Adulthood."

And in 2006, in Sex and The Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life, she lent her observant eye to the opportunities and challenges facing women concerning sex, dating, new dreams, divorce, remarriage, and living passionate lives in their second adulthood.

In 1999, Ms. Sheehy culminated her first decade of Hillary-watching with the biography, Hillary's Choice, exploring the personal ambitions and vulnerabilities that drive the world's most public woman.

Her response to the terrorist attacks of 2001 was the book Middletown, America: One Town's Passage from Trauma to Hope, which provided an insightful chronicle of the trauma and struggle through the microcosm of one New Jersey town.

As a literary journalist, Ms. Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America for her in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders, including both Presidents Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein, and Mikhail Gorbachev. Ms. Sheehy is a seven-time recipient of the New York Newswomen's Club Front Page Award for distinguished journalism.

One of the most popular speakers on the lecture circuit, Ms. Sheehy offers dynamic programs based on her groundbreaking investigations and observations of the lives of men and women within different phases of their lives and how they can enjoy them to the fullest.