Somehow I missed this earlier review in the Boston Globe and it’s my new favorite. Kate Tuttle writes:
“At what age do you consider yourself middle-aged? In this brilliant, wide-ranging book, which its author calls “a biography of the idea of middle age,’’ one persistent theme is that the very definition of middle age, or midlife, is a moving target. All life stages are man-made, Patricia Cohen points out, and both specific categories and the broad ideas behind them are subject to influence by social, economic, scientific, philosophical, and aesthetic trends…. a story packed with surprising twists, masterfully told... Cohen’s lively prose and thoughtful insights make this a joy to read.”
Kate, you’re my new BFF.