If I'd Known Then: Women in Their 20s and 30s Write Letters to Their Younger Selves

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Now in paperback, the popular second volume in the What I Know Now™ series offers wonderfully candid letters from women under forty, who give advice to the girls they once were. Readers will discover familiar names as well as new voices, including actress Jessica Alba; singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield; author Hope Edelman; Olympic soccer gold medalist Julie Foudy; singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb; and actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Here are stories of young love; of daring to chart a new path when everyone ...

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Overview

Now in paperback, the popular second volume in the What I Know Now™ series offers wonderfully candid letters from women under forty, who give advice to the girls they once were. Readers will discover familiar names as well as new voices, including actress Jessica Alba; singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield; author Hope Edelman; Olympic soccer gold medalist Julie Foudy; singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb; and actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Here are stories of young love; of daring to chart a new path when everyone tells you to play it safe; of realizing that perfection is a pipe dream. The ideal gift for any young woman in your life, this collection provides “a boost of hope that today’s turmoil can foster tomorrow’s growth, success, and happiness” (Boston Globe).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Spragins's ingenious book is the rare self-help volume that young women would elect to read and decidedly enjoy. The author profiles 35 highly accomplished women and asks them to write a letter of counsel or encouragement addressed to their younger selves. The result is a collection of life directives that are highly personal and disarmingly honest. The contributors-who include actress Jessica Alba, activist Zainab Salbi and comic book artist Ariel Schrag-are stars in their own right, but their letters reveal that even winners have problems-the same fears, concerns and shortcomings as anyone else. And in many cases they are still struggling-which raises the question: how wise can women in their 20s and 30s (no matter how accomplished) be? Very, it turns out. These artists, athletes and entrepreneurs compassionately address bad relationships, bullies, eating disorders and crises of faith without ever sounding jaded or condescending. This book offers sound advice and is highly recommended for women just starting out. (May)

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Deseret News, 11/8/09
“Candid and sometimes surprising letters…It's hard not to relate to these letters on one level or another…Readers will leave If I'd Known Then inspired to look back on their own lives and write their own missive to themselves.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616851729
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellyn Spragins, a former New York Times writer, established the What I Know Now™ series and seminars. She lives in Pennington, New Jersey, with her family.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

    Disappointed

    I was very disappointed with this book. I was really expecting something maybe a little deeper/more touching. Instead I felt the book was hypocritical (at one point highlighting how important it is for young girls not be hung up on body image- and then other essays highlighting the success of women making spanx and makeup...)and also very cliche as far as "I would have told you not to wait for the boy to call" type things in each letter. I may have just had high expectations, but I really felt it was lacking. Maybe more background on the 'teenage' version of the letter writers would have helped rather than just having another beautiful celebrity say that they were an ugly duckling as a youngster..

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    Posted November 9, 2010

    If I Knew Back Then What I Know Now

    This book would make a good gift for any young woman in your life. It is proof of what she can become. I'd also suggest that you buy another book for you. It's called "When God Stopped Keeping Score." It's an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. Given the chance, it will change your life.

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