Gail Sheehy is a keen observer who transcends traditional journalism.

As literary journalist, Ms. Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine; as contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she’s an award-winning writer of in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders.

This bestselling author of 16 books has changed how women and men around the world view their life stages. Sheehy’s revolutionary Passages (1976), a New York Times bestseller, has been named one of the 10 most-influential books of our time. The Silent Passage (1992) broke taboos surrounding menopause.  In New Passages and Understanding Men’s Passages (1995), she revisited adult life stages of women and men. She culminated her first decade of Hillary-watching with the biography, Hillary’s Choice (1999). Middletown, America: One Town’s Passage from Trauma to Hope (2001) was Sheehy’s insightful response to the terrorist attacks.  Issues facing women in their second adulthood fell under the microscope of her observant eye in Sex and the Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life (2006).

Sheehy, once again, in facing the challenging and personal issue in her own journey as a caregiver in her latest book Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence (2010), has broken new ground. You might call her a cultural anthropologist who has kept her eye on humankind in all its aspects. Now, as an advocate for caregivers, she has moved into another sphere within a circle of care and is inspiring others.

Her website,, is visually clean and clearly divided into her life as an author, journalist and caregiver.  We’ve explored many options and this website is worth time spent, especially if you or someone you know is a caregiver. Be sure to access the video feeds and up-to-the minute information. And, go out and buy her books for fascinating and life-altering reading!

Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence is reviewed by Kate Breuleux in our “Parents” section under “Care.”