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Breaking Free : Women of Spirit at Midlife and Beyond - Marilyn Sewell

Breaking Free

Women of Spirit at Midlife and Beyond

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Published: 1st October 2004
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A groundbreaking anthology for women searching for spiritual guideposts to the second half of life
Breaking Free is a collection of personal essays by women in the second half of their lives--essays in which they examine what age and life have taught them, reflect upon their lives and experiences, and reveal where they have arrived. As editor Marilyn Sewell notes in her introduction, around the age of fifty or so, many women begin to separate from cultural constraints, to become their own persons in ways they perhaps had not dared to do previously. "They begin to become defined less by others and more by their own choices. This movement into personhood does involve some breaking of barriers, and there is a kind of release, a kind of freedom, in the breaking and in the choosing."
This sense of moving into personhood in the shadow of mortality animates Breaking Free, giving its essays a wonderful forthrightness and boldness: These are writers who get down and dirty, who have looked at themselves as they are and life as it is. They are facing what time has taken from them, but also, more importantly, discovering the powerful gifts that come only with age and experience.
Contributors include Vivian Gornick, Audre Lorde, Erica Jong, Grace Paley, Terry Tempest Williams, Isabel Allende, Barbara Hurd, Sandy Boucher, and Maya Angelou.

Introductionp. 1
Necessary Losses
from Fear of Fiftyp. 9
Facingp. 15
Sink or Swimp. 19
What This Old Hand Knowsp. 23
from Fierce Attachmentsp. 26
from A Good Enough Daughterp. 38
Baking Bread with My Daughterp. 42
Viriditas in Vincip. 45
Scars: In Four Partsp. 54
from The Cancer Journalsp. 61
Saying Yes, Yes, Always Yesp. 69
from The Woman Withinp. 77
Breaking Free
from Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Sensesp. 87
A Song to Sensualityp. 93
from Revolution from Withinp. 96
from The Changep. 103
On Being a Rebellious Old Womanp. 109
Upstaging Timep. 113
Nana I Ke Ku ... Looking to the Sourcep. 123
The Callingp. 129
Mopping the Floorp. 139
from The Measure of My Daysp. 150
Wrestling with My Angelp. 153
Fearlessp. 167
Death of a Mousep. 178
Santa Teresap. 183
In the Hollow That Remainsp. 190
Acknowledgmentsp. 205
Contributorsp. 207
Creditsp. 214
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ISBN: 9780807028254
ISBN-10: 0807028258
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Beacon Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3