The Bag Lady Papers: The Priceless Experience of Losing It All
  • The Bag Lady Papers: The Priceless Experience of Losing It All
  • The Bag Lady Papers: The Priceless Experience of Losing It All

The Bag Lady Papers: The Priceless Experience of Losing It All

by Alexandra Penney
     
 

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I will work harder than I ever have before-which was pretty hard indeed-and see what happens. I have the feeling something good will come of it: tough, challenging work and laserlike focus have always paid off for me... Was it better to have it and then lose it? Yes, yes, yes! Even though I lived with horrible bag lady fears of losing it all, now that those

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I will work harder than I ever have before-which was pretty hard indeed-and see what happens. I have the feeling something good will come of it: tough, challenging work and laserlike focus have always paid off for me... Was it better to have it and then lose it? Yes, yes, yes! Even though I lived with horrible bag lady fears of losing it all, now that those financial fears have materialized, I'm in good shape and looking to what's next. Experiences-good and bad, exciting and boring, tragic and absurd-make up a life. Not to have lived to the fullest is the saddest, most irresponsible life I can think of.

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A victim of Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme, mom and former Self magazine editor-in-chief Penney (How to Make Love to a Man), hyperventilates her way through this intriguing memoir of putting it back together. Finding herself almost entirely without money, Penney faces the unexpected need to retrench with a daunting sense of paranoia; brought up by aloof parents, Penney lived for a long time with a chronic, seemingly irrational fear of becoming a destitute bag lady. As a "Person of Reduced Circumstances", Penney bolsters herself with chin-up wisdom ("unless you've been mummified, you have choices and alternatives") and bravely vows to apply her own nail polish while eulogizing her days as an expensively-dressed editrix at Conde Nast. While she ponders lists labeled "money can still buy" and "money can't buy," a collection of well-heeled and influential friends encourage her with quotes from Emerson, invitations to the Caribbean and tax advice. With considerations like, "Is it worse to have had money and lost it? Or is it worse to never have had money at all?" Penney can be an (admittedly) unsympathetic protagonist, but her struggle is genuine, her charm expansive and surprising, and her strength winning.
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"[Penney] writes in an appealingly plainspoken way...about gaining a deeper appreciation of life in her reduced post-Madoff circumstances." —The Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401341183
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
8.58(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"[Penney] writes in an appealingly plainspoken way...about gaining a deeper appreciation of life in her reduced post-Madoff circumstances." —-The Wall Street Journal

Meet the Author

Alexandra Penney is an artist, best-selling author, and former editor-in-chief of Self magazine. She had a one-person show at Galerie in Berlin and her work was shown at Miami's Art Basel. She lives in New York.

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