Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

ISBN-10: 1400069343

ISBN-13: 9781400069347

Edition: 2012

Authors: Anna Quindlen
List price: $31.00
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Description: It’s odd when I think of the arc of my life, from child to young woman to aging adult. First I was who I was. Then I didn’t know who I was. Then I invented someone, and became her. Then I began to like what I’d invented. And finally I was what I was again. It turned out I wasn’t alone in that particular progression. From Anna Quindlen, #1New York Timesbestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, comes this irresistible memoir about her life and the lives of women today. Candid, funny, moving,Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cakeis filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life. As she did in her belovedNew York Timescolumns, and inA Short Guide to a Happy Life,Quindlen says for us here what we may wish we could have said ourselves. Using her past, present, and future to explore what matters most to women at different ages, Quindlen talks about Marriage:“A safety net of small white lies can be the bedrock of a successful marriage. You wouldn’t believe how cheaply I can do a kitchen renovation.” Girlfriends:“Real friends offer both hard truths and soft landings and realize that it’s sometimes more important to be nice than to be honest.” Our bodies:“I’ve finally recognized my body for what it is, a personality-delivery system, designed expressly to carry my character from place to place, now and in the years to come. It’s like a car, and while I like a red convertible or even a Bentley as well as the next person, what I really need are four tires and an engine.” Parenting:“Being a parent is not transactional. We do not get what we give. It is the ultimate pay-it-forward: We are good parents, not so they will be loving enough to stay with us, but so they will be strong enough to leave us.” From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen uses the events of her own life to illuminate our own. Along with the downsides of age, she says, can come wisdom, a perspective on life that makes it both satisfying and even joyful. So here’s to lots of candles, plenty of cake.

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 4/24/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Author Anna Quindlen was born in Philadelphia on July 8, 1953. She graduated from Barnard in 1974. Quindlen worked as a reporter for the New York Post and the New York Times and wrote columns for the Times. She won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary before devoting herself to writing fiction. She has written both adult fiction (including Object Lessons, Black and Blue and One True Thing, which was made into a motion picture starring Meryl Streep) and children's fiction (Happily Ever After and The Tree That Came to Stay).

Introduction: Life in the Fifties
The Laboratory of Life
Stuff
Next of Kin
Girlfriends
The Wisdom of Why
Generations
Near Miss
Mirror, Mirror
Solitude
The Element of Surprise
The Little Stories We Tell Ourselves
Older
Push
Expectations
The Be-All and End-All
Faith
Step Aside
Mortality
To Be Continued
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