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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

By Anna Quindlen

INCLUDING AN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION BETWEEN MERYL STREEP AND ANNA QUINDLEN

“[Quindlen] serves up generous portions of her wise, commonsensical, irresistibly quotable take on life. . . . What Nora Ephron does for body image and Anne Lamott for spiritual neuroses, Quindlen achieves on the home front.”—NPR
 
In this irresistible memoir, Anna Quindlen writes about a woman’s life, from childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, using the events of her life to illuminate ours. Considering—and celebrating—everything from marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, parenting, faith, loss, to all the stuff in our closets, and more, Quindlen says for us here what we may wish we could have said ourselves. As she did in her beloved New York Times columns, and in A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Quindlen uses her past, present, and future to explore what matters most to women at different ages. Quindlen talks about
 
Marriage: “A safety net of small white lies can be the bedrock of a successful marriage. You wouldn’t believe how cheaply I can do a kitchen renovation.”
 
Girlfriends: “Ask any woman how she makes it through the day, and she may mention her calendar, her to-do lists, her babysitter. But if you push her on how she really makes it through her day, she will mention her girlfriends. ”
 
Our bodies: “I’ve finally recognized my body for what it is: a personality-delivery system, designed expressly to carry my character from place to place, now and in the years to come.”
 
Parenting: “Being a parent is not transactional. We do not get what we give. It is the ultimate pay-it-forward endeavor: We are good parents not so they will be loving enough to stay with us but so they will be strong enough to leave us.”
 
Candid, funny, and moving, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.
 
“Classic Quindlen, at times witty, at times wise, and always of her time.”—The Miami Herald
 
“[A] pithy, get-real memoir.”—Booklist
 
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Format: Ebook
Author: Quindlen, Anna
Summary: In this irresistible memoir, the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author writes about her life and the lives of women today, looking back and ahead--and celebrating it all--as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all that stuff in our closets, and more.
Title: Lots of candles, plenty of cake / [electronic resource] Anna Quindlen.
Publisher Date: New York : Random House, 2012.
Subject: Quindlen, Anna. Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography Women -- United States -- Biography Parenting -- United States BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women. FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Motherhood.
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Format: Ebook
Author: Quindlen, Anna
Summary: In this irresistible memoir, the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author writes about her life and the lives of women today, looking back and ahead--and celebrating it all--as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all that stuff in our closets, and more.
Title: Lots of candles, plenty of cake / [electronic resource] Anna Quindlen.
Publisher, Date: New York : Random House, 2012.
Description: 1 online resource
Subjects: Quindlen, Anna.
Subjects: Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Subjects: Women -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: Parenting -- United States
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women.
Subjects: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Motherhood.
Genre: Electronic books.
Contents: Introduction : life in the fifties -- pt. 1. The laboratory of life. Stuff ; Next of kin ; Girlfriends -- pt. 2. The wisdom of why. Generations ; Near miss ; Mirror, mirror ; Solitude -- pt. 3. The element of surprise. The little stories we tell ourselves ; Older ; Push ; Expectations -- pt. 4. The be-all and end-all. Faith ; Step aside ; Mortality ; To be continued.
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ISBN: 9780679604006 (electronic bk.)
ISBN: 0679604006 (electronic bk.)
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