Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters: 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving When the Kids Leave Home [NOOK Book]


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters provides support during an emotional but exciting time for parents -- sending their children off to college, new homes, or careers. A must read for empty nesters or soon-to-be empty nesters.

Full of heartfelt stories about gazing at surprisingly clean bedrooms, starting new careers, rediscovering spouses, and handling the continuing, and often humorous, needs of children, Chicken Soup for the ...
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters: 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving When the Kids Leave Home

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters provides support during an emotional but exciting time for parents -- sending their children off to college, new homes, or careers. A must read for empty nesters or soon-to-be empty nesters.

Full of heartfelt stories about gazing at surprisingly clean bedrooms, starting new careers, rediscovering spouses, and handling the continuing, and often humorous, needs of children, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters will inspire, support, and amuse parents. They’ll nod their heads, cry a little, and laugh a lot, as they read these oh-so-true stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611591668
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 292,615
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Jack Canfield is cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.
 Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Dedication v Foreword xiii
1 First Flights
1 Trading Spaces Susan M. Cameron 1
2 Forty Weeks Marian Gormley 5
3 Baby Steps Ruth Douillette 7
4 Giving Birth Gail Goeller 9
5 At the Close of the Day Ruth Douillette 11
6 A Close-Up Shot Norman L. Rehme Carol McAdoo Rehme 13
7 Condo-lences Donna Lowich 16
8 My Nice Surprise Cheryl Pierson 18
9 Send Cookies Jean Davidson 21
10 Gone Packing Vie Stallings Herlocker 24
11 Give Me a Sign Miriam Hill 25
12 A Matter of Time Carol McAdoo Rehme 27
13 And Suddenly He Was Gone Derek Maul 30
2 Under Our Wings and In Our Hearts
14 A Time to Keep Leslie Yeaton Koepke 37
15 Friends and Feathers Jeannie Lancaster 40
16 Read and Right Robin Crain 42
17 The Christmas Rose Karen R. Kilby 44
18 Coming Home Keith Kilby Karen R. Kilby 46
19 Adam's Place Jean Padgett 48
20 Fallen Nests Alice M. McGhee 51
21 A Different Vision Nancy Burnett Carolyn Miller 53
22 Left Behind Sebastian Moraga 56
23 Let It Snow! Karen Heywood 58
24 Linked Together Beverly Ginsberg 60
25 The Truth of Consequences Nancy Ann Erskine 62
26 It's in the Mail Lisa Coalwell 65
3 Out on a Limb
27 Heavens to Betsey! Pamela Goldstein 71
28 Wheel of Choices Jean Bobb 74
29 Curtains for Mary Carol Panerio 77
30 Holding Down the Fort Marjorie Woodall 80
31 Teen Angles Ruth Magan 82
32 The Last Load Patricia Cena Evans 86
33 Aligned in Time Sally Friedman 89
34 A Second Chance Tiffany O'Neill 92
35 A New Route Kathleen McNamara 95
36 Birthday Blues Drema Drudge 97
37 The Apple of My Eye Pamela Goldstein 100
38 Bring Her Home Karen Kosman 103
4 Ruffled Feathers
39 Ode to the(Almost) Empty Nest Bonnie Compton Hanson 111
40 Remember Me? Kathryn A. Begnaud 112
41 Help! The Mothers Are Coming Carol Mell 114
42 The Last Summer Amy Newmark 117
43 The Whiz Kid Beatrice E. Brown 120
44 They Come Home Again Susan Stewart 123
45 Tracking Time Mary E. Laufer 126
46 Ka-ding! Ka-ding! C. Hope Clark 130
47 For Better or For Worst BJ Jensen 134
48 They're Coming B-a-a-a-ck Beverly Bush Smith 138
49 You Can't Go Home Again Stephen Rogers 141
50 Say "Cheese" Gary Lautens 143
51 College Daze Lana Robertson Hayes 145
52 Sea Scape Donna Savage 147
5 Wings and Wisdom
53 Taking Flight Michele Ivy Davis 153
54 My Mother's Daughter Connie Sturm Cameron 156
55 An October Garden Chris Ransick 159
56 The Stress of a Mess Nancy Geiger 162
57 Dance, Daughter, Dance Karen Landrum 164
58 Five O'Clock Shadow Patrica Cena Evans 166
59 Nest-less and Restless Sarah Stringfield 169
60 Seventeen Cheryl Pierson 171
61 Night Calls Emily E. Weaver 174
62 Connections Kimberly Porrazzo 178
63 Pedal Power Carol Grund 180
64 Surprise Guest Kerry Krycho 183
65 Swings and Things Caitlin Bailey 185
6 Left Behind
66 Empty? Says Who? Robert Depew 191
67 Hats Off! Caroleah Johnson 194
68 Cheers! Alice Collins 197
69 The Treasure Chest Mary K. McClanahan 200
70 Discarded Memories Linda Leary 203
71 Under Construction Karen R. Gray-Keeler 205
72 Treasure Linda Bispham 208
73 Over Stuff-ed Donna Milligan Meadows 209
74 Table Talk Joyce Stark 211
75 Sold! Pamela Blaine 214
76 Catch and Release Marilyn Ross 216
77 Two's Company, Three's a Family Terri E. Tiffany 219
78 Heart Strings Rhonda Lane Phillips 222
7 Branching Out
79 Silence Jackie M. Cornwell 227
80 Learning to Fly Georgia A. Hubley 231
81 A Different Drummer Sally Kelly-Engeman 235
82 Paris When It Sizzles Bill Zarchy 238
83 A Slice of Paradise Kathe Campbell 241
84 Oh What A Trip Chantal Meijer 245
85 On Edge Stephanie Welcher Thompson 247
86 Headed to Hollywood Carla Riehl 250
87 Taking Note Miriam Hill 254
88 The Exodus Al Serradell 257
89 Stepping Out Nancy M. Peterson 259
90 All Is Calm Terri E. Tiffany 262
8 Home Sweet Nest
91 Hoops Peggy Vommaro 267
92 The Big Picture Dorothy Firman 268
93 Moving On Al Serradell 270
94 Home Improvements Christine Kettle 273
95 Where's the Beef? Patrick Mendoza 275
96 Rewinding the Clock Sally Friedman 278
97 Street Wise Ted Thompson 282
98 Weekend Washerwoman Beverly F. Walker 285
99 The Lyons' Tale Chelsea Lyons Pyle Kassie N. Lyons 286
100 Giggles in the Dark Sheri L. Torelli 289
101 The Heart of the Matter Wanda Lynne Quist 291 Meet Our Contributors! 297 Who Is Jack Canfield? 317 Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 319 Who Is Carol McAdoo Rehme? 321 Who Is Patricia Cena Evans? 323 Acknowledgments 329 More Chicken Soup 334
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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    I'm enjoying the book but it isn't as good as I was anticipating

    I'm enjoying the book but it isn't as good as I was anticipating.  It is covering a huge number of reasons why kids are or aren't leaving home.  I assumed it was for parents with kids leaving to go to college.  Therefore some I can relate to and some I cannot.  Overall good, but not great.

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

    Empty Nesters-this book is for you!

    I¿d never thought of what it would be like to have the kids gone, off to college, and starting their lives on their own. Even though I had spent their entire lives preparing them for that day, I never had the thought of preparing me. After all, the house would stay ¿picked up,¿ my wallet would have cash and my nights and weekends would no longer consists of ball games and/or youth activities, but mine to do as I wish. <BR/>And then it happened. The kids went to college, the house was empty, and the silence was louder than any party our house held. While I counted the days for the school year to be over, I picked up my copy of Chicken Soup for the Empty Nesters Soul. There I discovered that I wasn¿t alone. There were other parents, other empty nesters, entering their second phase of life.<BR/>As I began to read, I began to chuckle out loud. My life and parenting was not over, it was just going to be different. Through the Chicken Soup for the Empty Nesters Soul stories I realized that I would always be mom, my kids would always need me, and I would always be a parent¿but just in a different way. <BR/>Janet Lynn Mitchell author/speaker

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    Heartfelt stories

    This book contains some of the best stories I've read in Chicken Soup books. It touches on all aspects of living in an empty nest. The editors have done a wonderful job of selecting these stories. I can't wait until it is available to the public. I will buy several copies as gifts.

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