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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1400069343
ISBN-13: 9781400069347
Sku: 224476073
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.5L x 1T
Pages:  208
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In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead—and celebrating it all—as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more.

As she did in her beloved New York Times columns, and in A 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: “Ask any woman how she makes it through the day, and she may mention her calendar, her to-do lists, her babysitter. But if you push her on how she really makes it through her day, she will mention her girlfriends. Sometimes I will see a photo of an actress in an unflattering dress or a blouse too young for her or with a heavy-handed makeup job, and I mutter, ‘She must not have any girlfriends.' ”

Stuff: “Here’s what it comes down to, really: there is now so much stuff in my head, so many years, so many memories, that it’s taken the place of primacy away from the things in the bedrooms, on the porch. My doctor says that, contrary to conventional wisdom, she doesn’t believe our memories flag because of a drop in estrogen but because of how crowded it is in the drawers of our minds. Between the stuff at work and the stuff at home, the appointments and the news and the gossip and the rest, the past and the present and the plans for the future, the filing cabinets in our heads are not only full, they’re overflowing.”

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 endeavor: 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 satisfying and even joyful. Candid, funny, moving, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.
Annotation:
Quindlen looks back at life from the vantage point of her 50s and shares her hard-earned wisdom with readers. From the revelation that sometimes a good marriage requires telling a few tiny, white lies to the observation that bodies are like cars (and that while she's no Bentley, she's grateful to have four good tires and a working engine), the book is chockfull of the wit and warmth that Quindlen's fans expect from her nonfiction.
Author Bio
Anna Quindlen
The oldest of five children, Anna Quindlen grew up in an Irish-Italian family outside Philadelphia. She attended Barnard College, and in 1974 began her career as a reporter. Her column in the New York Times was enormously successful, and in 1992 she won a Pulitzer Prize for her newspaper work. In 1995, she quit her job at the Times to write fiction full time.

Praise

"Quindlen holds for the most part a blithe, benign view of growing older. Yet in moments when she dares to peer deeper...[she] approaches a near-searing honesty." 04/02/2012

"LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE serves up generous portions of [Quindlen's] wise, commonsensical, irresistibly quotable take on life in the 50s--and beyond. And here's the icing: Her view of late middle age is so enthusiastic, some might accuse her of flirting with smugness....Oh, how we can relate. Can't wait to read her on grandparenting when she gets there."||. - Heller McAlpin 04/24/2012

"Quindlen addresses the prospects of aging with particular grace, self-knowledge, even enthusiasm, finding personal solutions for problems of word retrieval one moment, brilliantly analyzing a universal plight the next." - Karen Campbell 04/28/2012

"[The book] has hugs for us on nearly every page, and lots of women love them." - Judith Newman 06/03/2012

"The book is a cozy feedback loop, the perfect comfort food for its enormous demographic." - pat Morrison 07/09/2012

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