The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons

The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons


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The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons by Deborah Copaken

Here's a book of wit and wisdom that's perfect for graduation or any other "welcome to the adult world" moment. From New York Times bestselling author Deborah Copaken and noted sculptor Randy Polumbo come 26 genuine and funny bits of advice as surprising as they are sensible. From "A is for Anger" through "Z is for Zzzzzzz," each entry is paired with the authors' street-smart photography of the matching alphabet letter to create a savvy gift. Based on a viral article written by Copaken when her own firstborn left for college, The ABCs of Adulthood is a delightful, worldly riff on learning your ABCs all over again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452151915
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 263,168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Deborah Copaken is a prolific journalist, photographer, former Emmy-winning TV producer, and author of several books, including Shutterbabe. She lives in New York and is the mother of three.

Randy Polumbo is a sculptor and the father of a 17-year-old. He divides his time between New York and California.

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The ABCs of Adulthood: An Alphabet of Life Lessons 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CarolineA More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book via Goodreads First Reads. This little book was a book I probably should not have entered to win from Goodreads, but I have a Goodreads giveaway addiction. So I entered. And I won. Then I put off reading it for 6+ months, and really only read it because Katie @ Just Another Girl and Her Books told me I should because it would be a quick way to get some points for #TeamHufflepuff in the #BeatTheBacklist #HogwartsMiniChallenge. So today I sat down and read this book. Short as it is, it was a struggle. I went to school for photography. I’m a book cover designer. I appreciate photographs and art but…. The images in this book are just boring. If you’re into those art pieces that were oh so popular a few years ago, where people took random photos of objects in nature and cities that look like letters, then put them together to spell out last names to hang in a frame on a wall, then you’ll appreciate the photographs in this book. I was never a fan of those though. I think I’d have much rather seen beautiful landscapes, or whimsical drawings, or something instead to accompany each bit of advice. Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more if I was younger. I guess, because I pretty much suck at adulating, I’d hoped to read something inspiring, but there really wasn’t anything new or original brought to the table here. There is some good advice (don’t let anger get the best of you, learn to cook, it’s okay to say NO sometimes, etc) but as a whole it felt anemic. I get that it’s supposed to be a small book to give as a gift to a graduate or what have you, but for a retail price of $14.95 I’d expect a little more substance than was offered. Or at least some humor. I’m glad I didn’t waste my money buying this book and probably will not gift it along to someone else. It’ll end up in the donation box. Perhaps those fresh out of high school will appreciate and learn more from this book. Maybe I’m just bitter and jaded in my “old age”. On the bright side, it was very short and didn’t take up too much of my time.