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Leap!: What Will We Do With the Rest of Our Lives?

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Somewhere on the far side of 50, says Sara Davidson, most Americans will be stripped of the roles that give them a sense of self. For Davidson, a successful novelist and television writer, the moment arrived when her children left for college, her cowboy lover vanished, and producers started treating her two decades of experience as an albatross instead of an asset. She was 57.

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