Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot (Paperback / softback, 2013)
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- DescriptionThe wisdom of saying goodbye In this wise and provocative book, the rewned sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot trains her lens on the myriad exits we make in our lives: exits big and small, extraordinary and ordinary, quick and protracted, painful and liberating. Exits are ubiquitous. Part of the historical narrative of our country, they mark the physical landscapes we inhabit; they're braided into the arc of our individual development, laced into our intergenerational relationships, shaped by ecomic crisis, global mobility, and techlogical invations. But we tend to igre them, often seeing them as signs of failure. For two years Lawrence-Lightfoot traveled around the country listening to people tell their stories of leaving, witnessing rituals of goodbye, and producing the penetrating portraits that have become her signature. A gay man who finds home and wholeness after coming out of the closet; a sixteen-year-old-boy forced to leave Iran in the midst of a violent civil war; a Catholic priest who leaves the church; an anthropologist who carefully stages her departure from the field after years of research; and many more. Lawrence-Lightfoot shares their stories with sympathy and insight, finding the universal patterns that reframe our exit narratives. Exit finds wisdom in the possibility of moving on. It marks the start of a new conversation: a chance to discover how to make our exits with dignity and grace.
- Author BiographySara Lawrence-Lightfoot, a MacArthur prize-winning sociologist, is the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University. She is the author of ten books, including The Third Chapter, Respect, The Essential Conversation, and Balm in Gilead, which won the 1988 Christopher Award for literary merit and humanitarian achievement. She is the recipient of twenty-eight honorary degrees and is the first African American woman in Harvard's history to have an endowed professorship named in her honor.
- Author(s)Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
- PublisherSarah Crichton Books
- Date of Publication11/06/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSarah Crichton Books
- Weight327 g
- Width148 mm
- Height219 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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