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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

24 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

This is a delightful memoir that had me crying, laughing, reflec

This is a delightful memoir that had me crying, laughing, reflecting on my own life, and nodding my head along with Quindlen's experiences. I sadly have to admit, this is my first book I've read by Quindlen, but you can bet I will be reading more of her novels. If she...
This is a delightful memoir that had me crying, laughing, reflecting on my own life, and nodding my head along with Quindlen's experiences. I sadly have to admit, this is my first book I've read by Quindlen, but you can bet I will be reading more of her novels. If she can write so eloquently about her own life, I can't imagine how well she can create lives for others.

I had so many pages marked up from this book; things I want to remember with my children, quotes I want to write down, perspectives I want to rethink. I usually pass on my books to the local library after I am done reading them, but this one I will be keeping.

I think my favorite part of the book was the very beginning where Quindlen talks about the things she would tell her 22-year old self about life. I thought for a bit about that myself. What would I tell my 20 year old self as I am turning 40? What do I wish I had known then? That may be a post for later, but it would definitely include taking risks, savoring relationships, and having hope.

My second favorite part of the book includes Quindlen's take on conquering a headstand. How she physically didn't think it was possible, but was determined to build up her strength and finally, flipping her body into a complete headstand. It made me wonder, what is my "headstand"? What am I afraid to accomplish, do, conquer?

If you haven't figured out, I truly enjoyed this memoir, even not being familiar with the author. The book will encourage you to reflect on your own life, whether you are 22, 42, 62, 82, or somewhere in between. I guarantee you will leave with life lessons, wisdom and full-blown honesty.

If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable read, check out this book.

posted by SincerelyStacie on April 29, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

An enjoyable read for those of the baby boomer set. The author i

An enjoyable read for those of the baby boomer set. The author is frank and honest in revealing the pain stemming from her mother's early passing. Her love for and devotion to her family comes through loud and clear as she recounts past days as a newly married young wif...
An enjoyable read for those of the baby boomer set. The author is frank and honest in revealing the pain stemming from her mother's early passing. Her love for and devotion to her family comes through loud and clear as she recounts past days as a newly married young wife raising three children while also working in the journalism field, and later, as an author. For those with children and husband, this may be the common thread that would warrant rating the book 4 stars. For those without either, well, it may just turn you off or bore you.

Later in the book, she acknowledges the divide between women in her mother's generation, her own and her daughter's generation, how women's opportunities for career, family, etc. have changed. We, as women don't typically think on our opportunities or lack thereof in either arena. The author allows us to do that which is a good thing. It makes one think, and be thankful.

When it comes to her thoughts on aging, sadly always a hot topic for aging women, I think those of us middle-aged or older appreciated hearing her thoughts and connected with her feelings on the subject. Her views on religion, having been raised as a Catholic, were surprising, and I appreciated her straightforward, "like it or not, this is how I feel now", declaration. The last few chapters seemed to take on a much more serious, bordering on depressed cast. And, towards the end, I was trying to read as fast as I could; the melancholia and focus on death was difficult to read about, and the author, at only 60, seemed overly focused on it.

posted by 10589264 on May 29, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Holly

    So i have straight brown hair witha diamond clip in the side. Tight neon pink tank top and very short shorts. Tell me about ur self... Jake

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Has a lot of great view points

    I agreed with most of what Anna was saying.
    It was just a slow read for me. I couldn't get excited about what was coming next.

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    Reflective of a life well lived.

    Reflective of a life well lived.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Rrad rhis bpok

    This book is a real eye opener as to the changes in a womens life. The things in our daily life as mother wife and working women

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  • Posted September 27, 2012

    Introspective and Philosophical

    This memoir contains a lot of the author's personal philosophy, in addition to her memories. Well written and edited. As much introspection as anything else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Keith

    Hey

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Lecture

    Couldn't get thru it. Felt like a lecture on how I should be living my life as opposed to reading a memoir.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Must read

    I enjoyed every minute of this book. I didn't want it to end. Aging who would have thought to embrace it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Bravo Anna

    Wish i could give it ten stars Another first rate Quindlen book
    Seriously its for her type of reader though
    Worth it if you are

    Nookfanatic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Meh

    I enjoyed the first part of each chapter but it jusr rambled on and on. I was a good idea but i never felt connected nor did i care how it turned out.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    All female baby boomers will love this book!

    Anna Quindelen speaks to all women of her generation. This book of essays is a must read for all women baby boomers. As one of those women, I could relate to her musings about her life and the trials and tribulations of being the first generation of working women who deeply cared about both their careers and their families. It made me want to celebrate what we have accomplished!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Humorous Bedside Read

    Quindlen's descriptive narrative is entertaining at times but this book put me to sleep.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    This is a book by a woman for other women. It is positive, energetic, encouraging and wise. And affirming that we do become better as we get older. The old saying "too soon old, too late smart" is disproved soundly and roundly. Age not only brings wisdom but also the peace that in the end, all will be OK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Like the other reviews, this book hits home on many levels. Bein

    Like the other reviews, this book hits home on many levels. Being exactly the same age as Quindlen, it tells alot of the same stories as what would find in my own journal (though I must admit mine is a bit more wild and crazy...a child of the 60's/70,s). Just 1 thing. I'm glad my Nook tablet has such a great dictionary tool. 9 years of college abnd 61 years of life....but she uses "big words" that I found myself using/learing new words. Fine with me.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Disappointed

    Was so looking forward to reading this, but didn't bother to go past chapter on marriage. Sadly, I found it to be a "been there, done that" book about women's lives. C'mon Anna, you can do better.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Loved this book!

    So very "relatable"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Lovely!

    This delightful book is billed as a memoir, but I thought it was more of a series of essays, expansive versions of Anna Quindlen's Pulitzer Prize winning columns. It made me want to thank my mother her for her ongoing patience with what will always be my youth, relative to her; thank my girlfriends for spending years talking with me about everything and nothing; thank my husband for loving me at my best and forgiving me at my worst; and thank my children for arriving it in my world and making it better in every way.

    The pieces here are wide-ranging, but are mostly concerned with things related to the experience of being a woman and, in particular, a Baby Boomer woman, as Quindlen is: marriage, motherhood, friendship, working, aging, faith, dying, among others. Although I think a woman born in the Baby Boomer generation might especially enjoy this book because she may have experienced largely the same trajectory as Quindlen, I think the perspective in this book will resonate with younger women as well. Quindlen's years of journalistic training and success shine through; it is well-written and easily read, even as it gives the reader lots of opportunity to pause and reflect, think, and laugh.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Never go by the authors name

    I was disappointed, I thouighjt it was way too much just something you might journal, but wouldn't entertain anyone.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    I recommend this for women

    Although I'm 20 years older than Anna Quindlan, it brings back memories of my own. I enjoyed reading her story. I'm sure she has many stories in her . I wonder how men regard this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Love, love, love this book!

    Best ever from Anna Quindlen. She has hit aging right on....warts and all...Recommend to anyone over 40. The more years you are past the more you will agree with her...Don't miss!

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