The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventures in the 25 Years After 50

By Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot. Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. $25.
Renowned sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot documents a new vision for later life with infinite possibilities for change and growth. Her observations are based on two years that she spent traveling around the U.S., interviewing men and women in their 50s, 60s and 70s who have dramatically altered their lives.

Marc Freedman of Civic Ventures calls this "not only the best book yet about the changing life course, but also an inspiring roadmap for individual and social renewal in the emerging third chapter."

Lawrence-Lightfoot is a professor at Harvard University and the chair of the board of the MacArthur Foundation. She is the first African-American woman in Harvard's history to have an endowed professorship named in her honor.