From her first taste of powdered sugar pilfered from the family pantry, Hilary Liftin has been hooked on the sweeter things in life. With Candy and Me: A Love Story, Liftin tells her story by way of the sugar hits and highs that make up her fondest memories.
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Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
August 12, 1969
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
B.A., Yale University, 1991
|Candy and Me: A Girl's Tale of Life, Love, and Sugar|
A unique memoir told from the vantage point of her lifelong love affair with candy, Liftin's work is drawing raves from her fellow authors. Jenny McPhee (The Center of Things) comments, "Elegantly written, poignant, funny, and oh-so-sweet, Hilary Liftin's memoir of love and longing for candy, among a cornucopia of other things, is sheer satisfaction." And A Girl Named Zippy author Haven Kimmel confides, "This book is funny and captivating; a delight. And I feel much better about my little problem with popcorn."
|A Few of Her Favorite -- and Not-So-Favorite -- Things|
|In our exclusive interview, Liftin revealed some of her quirkier likes and dislikes. "Candy is my only obsession," she admits, "but some other things I love are: the color periwinkle, tuna sashimi, Gilmore Girls, Mini Coopers, NPR, true crime, Everything But the Girl, expensive soap, and People magazine. I don’t like coffee, sleeping late, the sound of sports on TV, changing lanes, and printer jams."|
|Early Inspiration||Liftin's Reading Recommendations|
|A Little Princess|
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Liftin told us how Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess inspired her early on. "Not only did it teach me the importance of imagination," Liftin recalls, "but it was the first book where I really took interest in the author and had respect and gratitude for what she had done, and for the book as an object. I went so far as to laminate my paperback with Scotch tape, ostensibly to preserve it for my children."
|Seabiscuit: An American Legend|
We asked Liftin to tell us about some of her all-time favorite reads. She put Seabiscuit high on her list, explaining, "Hillenbrand’s anecdotal brilliance can engage anyone in this story of horse-racing and a true American underdog." Read on to learn more about Liftin's reading recommendations, including:
|Photo by Chris Harris||