Survival Lessons

Survival Lessons

by Alice Hoffman


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One of America's most beloved writers shares her suggestions for finding beauty in the world even during the toughest times.

Survival Lessons provides a road map of how to reclaim your life from this day forward, with ways to reenvision everything—from relationships with friends and family to the way you see yourself. As Alice Hoffman says, “In many ways I wrote Survival Lessons to remind myself of the beauty of life, something that’s all too easy to overlook during the crisis of illness or loss. I forgot that our lives are made up of equal parts of sorrow and joy, and that it is impossible to have one without the other. I wrote to remind myself that despite everything that was happening to me, there were still choices I could make.”

Wise, gentle, and wry, Alice Hoffman teaches all of us how to choose what matters most.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616203146
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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Alice Hoffman has published twenty-one novels, three books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her books have been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Her novels, many of which have been New York Tiimes bestsellers, have received mention as notable books of the year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People magazine. Alice’s advance from Survival Lessons will be donated to the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

March 16, 1952

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974

Read an Excerpt

All the while I was in treatment I was looking for a guidebook. I needed help in my new situation. I needed to know how people survived trauma. It took all this time for me to figure out what I would have most wanted to hear when I was newly diagnosed, when I lost the people I loved, when I was deeply disappointed in myself and the turns my life had taken.

Table of Contents

Choose Your Heroes,
Choose to Enjoy Yourself,
Choose Your Friends,
Choose Your Relatives,
Choose How You Spend Your Time,
Choose to Plan for the Future,
Choose to Love Who You Are,
Choose to Accept Sorrow,
Choose to Dream,
Choose Something New,
Choose to Give in to Yourself,
Choose to Make Things Beautiful,
Choose to Tell Your Own Story,
Choose to Forgive,
Choose to Claim Your Past,
Choose to Be Yourself,
Choose to Share,
Choose Love,
Choose the Evidence,
About the Author,
About Algonquin,

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