The book “Journey from Invisibility to Visibility: A Guide for Women 60 and Beyond”, by Gail K. Harris, Marilyn C. Lesser, and Cynthia T. Soloway, turns out to be a broad discussion of family values and roles as they pertain to individual identity at all stages of life, not just “the afternoon” of life, where 60 is the new 40.
The book is filled with very long quoted inserts of personal accounts, and with spaces for note taking and review, like a guide or handbook. That isn’t my own particular interest in the way I write my own books. But at a certain level I can see how some people believe they would help the books to sell.
The book presents Erikson’s “phases” in the growth of individual identity as they emerge in childhood and go into adolescence and adulthood. These might be compared to other books that examine how consciousness emerges (“I Am a Strange Loop”). As life progresses, new stages emerge, along with the ability to recall earlier formations of the self right out of space-time.
The book also pays a lot of heed to the way gender roles have evolved over the past fifty years. It is quite frank about the fact that women (and men) generally didn’t get to choose their missions in life the way millennials insist on today. The fact that women – and men – find independent meaning out of family is seen as a challenge to those who are more vertically socialized. The authors give an anecdote of a woman who was shocked at the success of her middle-aged son without marriage, and without concern over who would take care of him in old age.
Old social norms then meant channeling sexuality to become attached to adaptive family roles.
The book starts with a long rhymed poem in 4-line verse “A Woman’s Perspective”, by GW.
|Author:||Harris, Lesse, Soloway|
|Title, Subtitle:||“Journey from Invisibility to Visibility: A Guide for Women over 60 and Beyond”|
|publication date||2017. I received a review copy|
|Publication:||Amazon Create Space (N. Charleston, SC) 373 pages, 9 chapters, paper, endnotes|
|Link:||see Amazon Or review site.|
(Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 1 AM EST)