Want to learn more about what shapes midlife? Here are some of the books author Marc Freedman recommends in The Big Shift.

Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom

David Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

Robert N. Butler, The Longevity Revolution: The Benefits and Challenges of Living a Long Life

Laura Carstensen, A Long Bright Future: An Action Plan for a Lifetime of Happiness, Health, and Financial Security

Gene Cohen, The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain

Ken Dychtwald and Daniel J. Kadlec, With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance in Work and Life

Chris Farrell, The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better

David W. Galenson, Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity

Kerry Hannon, What’s Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job

Herminia Ibarra, Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career

Peter Laslett, A Fresh Map of Life: The Emergence of the Third Age

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50

Suzanne Braun Levine, Fifty Is the New Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood

Mark Miller, The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security: Practical Strategies for Money, Work, and Living

Matt Miller, The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go of the Old Ways of Thinking to Unleash a New Prosperity

Phyllis Moen and Patricia Roehling, The Career Mystique: Cracks in the American Dream

Daniel H. Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Theodore Roszak, America the Wise: The Longevity Revolution and the True Wealth of Nations

Sue Shellenbarger, The Breaking Point: How Today’s Women Are Navigating the Midlife Crisis

Gloria Steinem, Doing Sixty & Seventy

Barbara Strauch, The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, The Search for Fulfillment: Revolutionary New Research That Reveals the Secret to Long-Term Happiness