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In his mid-forties, Art Berman was nearly two decades into a successful corporate career in New York City. He was happily married, had a comfortable suburban lifestyle, and was a father to three remarkable children.
Then it all went sideways. First, from his office across the street from the World Trade Center, he witnessed the horrific events of September 11 and experienced their traumatic aftermath. Then, following a relocation to Minneapolis, his career—a primary source of his personal identity—crashed.
On his fiftieth birthday, a now-jobless Art embarked on the trip of a lifetime, throwing caution to the wind and moving his family to Florence, Italy. There, Art began to excavate his own life piece by piece—rediscovering, reclaiming, and recreating his understanding of meaning and happiness.
From the sublime delights of twilight passeggiatas through Florence to helping a ninety-six-year-old World War II veteran complete the New York City Marathon, Art in the Middle Ages is a heartening reminder that it’s never too late for a fresh start. Above all, this inspiring and redemptive memoir is a welcome affirmation of how quietly remarkable a life can be.
Art Berman had a twenty-five-year corporate career, holding several senior leadership roles. He has led a nationally recognized anti-poverty program and a large, interfaith human services organization; and volunteered on numerous nonprofit boards. He has also run over forty marathons, attended culinary arts school, and competed in National Senior Games 3-on-3 Basketball tournaments. He is the proud father of three young adult children, and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.