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Making Choices: The Joy of a Courageous Life

Making Choices: The Joy of a Courageous Life

by Alexandra Stoddard, Marc Romano

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The choices we make, asserts interior designer and McCall columnist Stoddard ( Grace Notes ) not only solve immediate problems but contribute to the shape of one's life. ``Your life and who you ultimately are is a step-by-step, choice-by-choice creation.'' Rather than listing specific decision-making rules, Stoddard offers guidelines, citing numerous examples from her own experiences and those of others concerning love, intergenerational family relationships, friendship and professional matters. With the exception of emergencies, when ``biting the bullet'' takes precedence over all other choices, the author stresses the need to resist pressure from others by learning to say ``no.'' She emphasizes that many decisions, such as that of having a child, affect other people. Her wise advice about selecting a mate warns against marrying merely to escape loneliness. Illustrations not seen by PW. Author tour. (Feb.)
Denise Perry Donavin
Stoddard, best known for her column in "McCall's" magazine, recently hit 50 and decided to share her perspective on mid-life questions. She feels that life is basically about making choices and that individuals who have the courage to face formidable opportunities and make decisive, well-considered choices will lead the most fulfilling lives. She discusses a host of personal, familial, and work-related options. She also considers one's recourses when it seems no choice is available, as well as how to muster the mettle required to say no. An interesting spin on self-help from a woman who has offered many readers guidance on external beauty and home design and now turns her attention to inner needs.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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