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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Anna Quindlen

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Title:Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Authors:Anna Quindlen
Info:Random House (2012), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 208 pages
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Wonderful collection of vignettes about growing older, raising kids, life in general. One of my favorite authors! ( )
  tloeffler | Aug 29, 2014 |
I love anything by Anna Quindlen. ( )
  bogopea | Jul 18, 2014 |
Love Anna Quindlen's writing, and this one did not disappoint. I was not crazy about the chapter on marriage; she has been fortunate to have a long, happy marriage, and I found some of what she had to say sort of smug somehow; for many years I believe shared her opinions, until one day I did not anymore. Still, the rest is really good. Her views on childrearing (I have none, but I understood her POV), retirement, validity, religion and faith, even the early death of her mother I enjoyed a great deal. Basically, the book is about getting older and how we all cope with it; who we started as, who we become, and who we hope to be someday. Really enjoyable read. ( )
  Dmtcer | Jun 3, 2014 |
Love Anna Quindlen's writing, and this one did not disappoint. I was not crazy about the chapter on marriage; she has been fortunate to have a long, happy marriage, and I found some of what she had to say sort of smug somehow; for many years I believe shared her opinions, until one day I did not anymore. Still, the rest is really good. Her views on childrearing (I have none, but I understood her POV), retirement, validity, religion and faith, even the early death of her mother I enjoyed a great deal. Basically, the book is about getting older and how we all cope with it; who we started as, who we become, and who we hope to be someday. Really enjoyable read. ( )
  Dmtcer | Jun 3, 2014 |
First book to read by this author - a gift from Barbara Scott - can't wait to read her new novel that is coming out soon. Will recommend this one for book club. ( )
  MargaretdeBuhr | Jan 8, 2014 |
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Suddenly sixty, Quindlen finds herself looking back on her life. She's not so much wondering how she got where she is but, rather, considering how the choices she made and the chances she took along the way have prepared her for the road ahead. What even to call this next stage in a woman's life? Not elderly, certainly, yet definitely no longer young, this middle-aged morass can be hard to navigate. Friendships fade, fashions flummox, the body wimps out, and the mind has a mind of its own. One can either fight it or face it. In her own unmistakably reasonable way, Quindlen manages to do both, with grace and agility, wisdom and wit, sending out comforting affirmations while ardently confronting preconceived stereotypes and societal demands.
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It's odd when I think of the arc of my life, from child to young woman to aging adult.
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In this irresistible memoir, the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author writes about her life and the lives of women today, looking back and ahead--and celebrating it all--as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all that stuff in our closets, and more.… (more)

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