By Linda N. Edelstein
The Art of Midlife illuminates the journey for women who want to create intentional, spirited lives. The book is based on Dr. Edelstein's extensive clinical practice and on interviews with "ordinary," healthy, and active women between the ages of 38-60 years old. She begins with descriptions of the dynamics of midlife, the unique opportunities to reevaluate life, and the need to mourn one's losses. The book continues with real voices, including her own, that recount the reconnection to one's self that is essential. The author faces the difficult issues of staying connected to others while reclaiming one's life and the problems that may occur. The final section of the book recounts the actions and success of women who sought a more authentic second half of life.