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Patricia Cohen has been a New York Times reporter for thirteen years. She has also worked at The Washington Post, New York Newsday, and Rolling Stone. She has a BA from Cornell University and a graduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.


"A lively, well-researched chronicle of the social and scientific forces that brought midlife America to its current befuddled state..."-Laura Shapiro, New York Times Book Review
"A brilliant, wide-ranging book...Cohen's lively prose and thoughtful insights make this a joy to read."-Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
In Our Prime
is a fascinating study of this complex stage of life, a book whose appeal is likely to extend beyond the middle-age demographic to readers approaching or looking back on that key stage of life."-Jerry Harkavy, Associated Press
"Very fine...lucid, straightforward and conversational... a thorough-and thoroughly fascinating-cultural history of aging."-Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
"A fascinating biography of the idea of middle age...solidly researched."-Gail Sheehy, The New York Times
"With lively writing, astute observations, and extensive research, this cultural history looks well beyond cougars and Botox."-Karen Holt, Oprah.com
"A thoroughly engaging cultural history..."-Christine Sismondo, Toronto Star
In Our Prime
is a fascinating biography of the `idea of middle age' in American society...Comprehensively researched...A thoughtful inquiry."-Tom Lavoie, Shelf Awareness
"A comprehensive look at middle age through the eyes of scientists, historians, psychologists, medical doctors, marketers and many more."-Julie Carl, Winnipeg Free Press
"Witty and engaging...this comprehensive and entertaining social history highlights the possibilities of the middle years-and shows how middle age reflects the attitudes and customs of each generation that passes through it."-Publishers Weekly
"A cool, well-documented account that puts the concept of middle age into historical context."-Kirkus Reviews

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