Coming of Age: My Journey into the Eighties

Coming Fall 2018

Twenty-five years ago, Madeleine Kunin became the first woman to be elected governor of Vermont. She was U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and U.S. deputy secretary of education. This is her personal story.

Many readers are already familiar with Madeline Kunin, the former three-term Governor of Vermont, who served as the Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. In her newest book, a memoir entitled A Coming of Age to Eighty, the topic is aging, but she looks well beyond the physical tolls and explores the emotional ones as well. And she has had an extraordinary life: governor, ambassador, feminist, wife, mother, professor, poet, and much, much more.

As recently reported in the New York Times, a girl born today can expect to live to the age of ninety, on average (boys, on the other hand, can expect to live until age eighty-five). Life expectancy, for many, is increasing, yet people rarely contemplate the emotional changes that come alongside the physical changes of aging. Madeleine wants to change that. A Coming-of-Age to Eighty takes a close and incisive look at what it is like to grow old. The book is a memoir, yet most important of all, it is an honest and positive look at aging and how it has affected her life.

About the author

Photo by Paul Boisvert

Governor Kunin has written three previous books: Living the Political Life (Knopf), and The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family (New York Times Editor’s Choice) and Pearls Politics and Power. She has more energy than two 40 year olds. She is currently a Marsh Scholar Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont where she lectures on history and women’s studies. She also serves as president of the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization that she founded in 1991, and she recently launched EmergeVT to encourage and support women in politics. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.


160 pages; 5 x 7 / Hardcover with dust jacket
ISBN: 978-0-9994995-9-7
$21.95; HC; E-book/Audio to come

Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Distributors: Midpoint Trade, Ingram,  Baker & Taylor.
Rights sold: All rights available.
Rights Contact: Dede Cummings,

Advance reader copies, digital or print, available in March 2018.