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Harley and me : embracing risk on the road to a more authentic life / Bernadette Murphy.

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Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library 305.244 MUR (Text) 33187004063950 Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781619025974 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: 269 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, 2016.

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Prologue -- Section I: Look -- Staring into the Eyes of the Beast -- Izzy, My Love -- Death is Certain, the Hour is Not -- The Bitch is Back -- If You're Happy and You Know It -- Male Approval and Sexual Power -- Totally Hosed -- Section II: Lean -- Leaving Home -- Matchy Matchy -- Right on Time -- Onto the Promised Land -- The Uglies -- Benediction -- Coming Home -- Section III: Roll -- Cardiology -- The Human Race -- Yes -- Evolve or Die -- Eight Days in Paradise -- Failing (and Falling) Better -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
"What happens when women in midlife step out of what's predictable? For Bernadette Murphy, learning to ride a motorcycle at forty-eight becomes the catalyst that transforms her from a settled wife and professor with three teenage children into a woman on her own. The confidence she gained from mastering a new skill and conquering her fears gave her the courage to face deeper issues in her own life and start taking risks. It is a fact that men and women alike become more risk averse in our later years--which according to psychologists and neuroscience is exactly what we should not do. And Murphy stresses that while hers is a story of transformation using a physical risk, emotional and educational risks can serve the same beneficial purpose for other women. Murphy uses her own story to explore the larger idea of how risk changes our brain chemistry, how certain personality types embrace dangerous behavior and why it energizes them, and why women's expectations change once estrogen levels drop after the childbearing years. She also explores the idea of women and risk in pop culture--why there are so few stories of the conquering heroine (instead of hero). Surely Thelma and Louise driving off the cliff should not be our only pop culture reference for women finding true freedom. With scientific research and journalistic interviews weaving through a page-turning, road trip narrative, Harley and Me is a compelling look at how one woman changed her life and found deeper meaning out on the open road"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Murphy, Bernadette M. (Bernadette Mary), 1963- > Travel > United States.
Middle-aged women > Travel > United States.
Women motorcyclists > United States > Biography.
Middle-aged women > United States > Biography.
Motorcycling > United States > Psychological aspects.
Middle-aged women > Psychology.
Risk-taking (Psychology)
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Authenticity (Philosophy)
United States > Description and travel.

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