Gail Sheehy

Meet Gail Sheehy

As the bestselling author of 16 books, including Passages, Gail Sheehy has rocked the culture and changed the way millions of women and men around the world look at the stages of their lives. In 2010, she took on the most challenging and personal issue in her book Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos Into Confidence. She tells the inspiring story of her own 17-year journey of caring for her husband and fills the book with stories of families - and their most creative strategies - who we can all relate to.

Sheehy's revolutionary Passages (1976) remained on The New York Times bestseller list for more than three years and has been reprinted in 28 languages. A Library of Congress survey named it one of the 10 most-influential books of our time. In The Silent Passage (1992), she broke the taboo surrounding menopause and opened a dialogue vital to maturing women's health. In New Passages and Understanding Men's Passages (1995), she revisited the stages of adult life and mapped out a completely new frontier entitled Second Adulthood.

And in 2006, in Sex and The Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life, she lent her observant eye to the opportunities and challenges facing women concerning sex, dating, new dreams, divorce, remarriage and living passionate lives in their second adulthood.

In 1999, Sheehy culminated her first decade of Hillary-watching with the biography, Hillary's Choice, exploring the personal ambitions and vulnerabilities that drive the world's most public woman.

Her response to the terrorist attacks of 2001 was the book Middletown, America: One Town's Passage from Trauma to Hope, which provided an insightful chronicle of the trauma and struggle through the microcosm of one New Jersey town.

As a literary journalist, Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America for her in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders, including both Presidents Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein and Mikhail Gorbachev. She is a seven-time recipient of the New York Newswomen's Club Front Page Award for distinguished journalism.

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MetLife Foundation The Lippey Family Trust Gladyce L. Foster
California Community Foundation