Books: Coming Of Age

The latest and largest generation to turn 50 is suddenly paying attention to the process of growing old--and reading about it like crazy

Baby boomers are not aging gracefully. We're fighting it every step of the way, making the War on Aging a national crusade, dedicating some of our nation's greatest scientific minds and medical talents to developing new forms of cosmetic surgeries, new exercise contraptions, new diets, new miracle fabrics that camouflage and contain, and all manner of expensive new anti-aging ointments. --Bill Geist, The Big Five-Oh! Facing, Fearing, and Fighting Fifty

When they were 18 years old, their rites of passage into adulthood--civil rights protest, the war in Vietnam, the counterculture--filled the nation's front pages. When they finally married and began families--often...

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