What People Are Saying About “IN OUR PRIME”

   In this brilliant, wide-ranging book one persistent theme is that the very definition of middle age, or midlife, is a moving target...a story packed with surprising twists, masterfully told…Cohen’s lively prose and thoughtful insights make this a joy to read.”   The Boston Globe


“Very fine…lucid, straightforward and conversational… a thorough—and thoroughly fascinating—cultural history of aging.”Chicago Tribune

“A fascinating biography of the idea of middle age…solidly researched.”Gail Sheehy, The New York Times

“With lively writing, astute observations, and extensive research, this cultural history looks well beyond cougars and Botox.”Oprah.com

“In Our Prime is a fascinating study of this complex stage of life, a book whose appeal is likely to extend beyond the middle-age demographic to readers approaching or looking back on that key stage of life.”Associated Press

“Witty and engaging…this comprehensive and entertaining social history highlights the possibilities of the middle years—and shows how middle age reflects the attitudes and customs of each generation that passes through it.”—Publishers Weekly

“In Our Prime is an important book, fascinating, gorgeously researched, and extremely readable.”  Patricia Boswell, author of Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman

 “A thoroughly engaging cultural history…”— Toronto Star

“In this extraordinary, comprehensive book about middle age Patricia Cohen provides us with a wise and unique appraisal of recent scientific research on human development during midlife, and describes how it has dealt a death blow to false myths about the midlife crisis and other stages of development. This is just one of the many stories she includes in her review of the continuing changes in ideas regarding middle age during the past 150 years.”Orville Gilbert Brim, Jr., former director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Program on Midlife Development and former president of the Russell Sage Foundation

“With intelligence and wit, Patricia Cohen has written a wonderfully readable book that details the untold history of middle age and its surprising journey through the popular culture and the research lab. A brilliant analyst and keen observer, she connects the story of middle age to the story of America’s emergence into the modern world, bringing to life the filmmakers and admen, scientists and hucksters who have shaped our understanding and experience of the middle years.  Anyone who is, has been, or will be middle-aged will want to read this book.”Barbara Strauch, author of The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain, and Science Editor at the New York Times

“Patricia Cohen has written the liberation anthem of middle age. She shows us that there is nothing inevitable about spending middle age in the panicked pursuit of youth; we do it because the ad men tell us to. It is a cultural fiction that middle age need be approached with dread. In this carefully researched and skillfully told history of middle age in America, Cohen shows us that our middle years can be years of prestige, autonomy and confidence — the best years of our lives.”Tina Rosenberg, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World

“Before allowing yourself another distressing look in the mirror, I recommend Patricia Cohen’s magisterial new book on the social construction of middle age. Cohen moves seamlessly from the origins of the concept to the newest scientific findings, all the while sustaining a fascinating narrative.”Juliet Schor, author of Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture and True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans Are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy

“A comprehensive look at middle age through the eyes of scientists, historians, psychologists, medical doctors, marketers and many more.”Winnipeg Free Press

“An informative and at times surprising biography of middle age…”Glenn C. Altschuler, Oregonian

“In Our Prime is a fascinating biography of the ‘idea of middle age’ in American society…Comprehensively researched…A thoughtful inquiry.”—Tom Lavoie, Shelf Awareness

31 responses to “What People Are Saying About “IN OUR PRIME”

  1. Dear Ms Cohen,
    I’m executive producer with Australia’s premier late night discussion program, Late Night Live, presented by Phillip Adams for the past 20 years. (www.abc.net.au/rn/latenightlive) We would love to interview you about your new book the Invention of Middle Age please if you could find time to speak to us. We would like to give you at least 25-30 minutes on air live, so there is enough time to canvass all your ideas. If you live on the US East Coast it would mean a live interview via telephone or Skype at 6.30am your time, Monday to Thursday. I would love to know whether you could give us some of your time anytime soon? Possibly the week after next – or even Monday 23rd January. I look forward to your response.
    Kind regards,
    Gail Boserio,
    Executive Producer, “Late Night Live”,
    ABC Radio National

  2. Ah Patricia, you’ve hit it quite right. I am 61 years old (no surgery) and when I look at pictures of my mother and grandmother when they were my age, I am perplexed. It saddens me. They looked so hard and old.


  3. Hello Patricia,

    I publish a website called MidlifeLivingWell.com and I would love to review your book on my site. From the brief synopsis I have read, it looks like midlifers can be happy about their status in life if they want to be. So glad you chose this subject to study and share your findings.

  4. Hi Patricia,

    I publish an online magazine for midlifers called MidlifeLivingWell.com. I would love to review your book for my readers. Congratulations (and thanks) for choosing this subject, studying it and presenting your findings in your first book!

  5. Thank you Patti, but I already purchased a copy. More $ for you! 🙂

  6. Congratulations on your book, Patricia!

    I write to share news of a forthcoming collaboration of mine, with author Alex Stein: “The Artist as Mystic: Conversations with Yahia Lababidi” that I’m hoping will be of some interest to you.

    In this short book, we explore the themes of ecstasy and transformation through the lives of Nietzsche, Rilke, etc…

    Below, is a peek at the Kafka chapter:


    I do hope that it speaks to you and, if so, would be thrilled to send you an ecopy of our book:)

    All the very best,

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  13. Ms Cohen
    I would like to be in touch – I am developing a TV series on the FBI Art Squad – and i do believe reality is stranger than fiction in the Art World. How can I find you?

  14. Susan (Hughes) Bridevaux

    Ms. Cohen, This is about an article written for NYT dated Aug 16, 2013. It was about Jasper Johns. I was sorry to hear someone taking advantage of his kindness. I had NO idea that he was still alive. He was a dear and best friend of my mother, Sally Hughes. I t would be wonderful to touch base with him after all these years…my mother passed away in Aug of 1980…If you by any chance have contact info for him, I would love to say Hello. I have a page on FB – Susan Bridevaux…or email – bubansam@gmail.com. I was not married when my Mom was hanging with Jasper on St. Maarten and in New York. I would be so grateful for any info that you might give me. Thank you for your time. Susan (Hughes) Bridevaux

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  17. Dear Ms. Patricia,

    I am Eun-gyoung Kim, an editor of Doddle Saeghim Publishing in South Korea.
    We’re now editing your book, “In Our Prime,” to publish around mid-March in Korean language.

    I wonder if it’d be possible to interview you in mid-March about your book.
    A reporter of Chosun-ilbo, a major daily newspaper in South Korea, has asked me about the possibility.
    The interview will be proceeded through emails.

    If you agree to the interview, I’ll inform you a detailed schedule.
    Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,

    Eun-gyoung Kim

  18. Dear patti,

    We are so happy to hear that you agree with the interview.^^
    Let us contact you directly at patrcohen@gmail.com after all the schedules get clear.

    Best regards,

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