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

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

by Ellyn Spragins
 

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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

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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 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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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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From the Publisher

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738212692
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
2 MB

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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