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  • Title: Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
  • Author: Anna Quindlen
  • ISBN: 9781400069347
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 It s odd when I think of the arc of my life, from child to young woman to aging adult First I wIn 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 It s odd when I think of the arc of my life, from child to young woman to aging adult First I was who I was Then I didn t know who I was Then I invented someone, and became her Then I began to like what I d invented And finally I was what I was again It turned out I wasn t alone in that particular progression As she did in her beloved New York Times columns, and in A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Quindlen says for us here what we may wish we could have said ourselves Using her past, present, and future to explore what matters most to women at different ages, Quindlen talks aboutMarriage 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 Real friends offer both hard truths and soft landings and realize that it s sometimes important to be nice than to be honest 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 It s like a car, and while I like a red convertible or even a Bentley as well as the next person, what I really need are four tires and an engine Parenting Being a parent is not transactional We do not get what we give It is the ultimate pay it forward 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 From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen uses the events of her own life to illuminate our own Along with the downsides of age, she says, can come wisdom, a perspective on life that makes it both satisfying and even joyful So here s to lots of candles, plenty of cake.
    Lots of Candles Plenty of Cake In this irresistible memoir the 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 girlfr

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    1. Anna Quindlen once worked as a columnist for the New York Times and has authored many novels including bestseller Black and Blue In Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, Quindlen offers her readers a roadmap for growing older while still enjoying life An informative and thought provoking while at times humorous memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake invites us into Quindlen s life and allows us to feel comfortable there Born in 1953 during the baby boom, Anna Quindlen is the oldest of five children [...]

    2. I was a big fan of Quindlen s in the 1980s Her NYT columns were among the first to chronicle, in real time, what is was like for working mothers struggling to balance it all, especially in male dominated fields She struck innumerable chords, and made our individual struggles, whether we had children yet or not, seem, if not noble, than at least normal She was like a great travel writer, telling me about country I would someday visit.Fast forward 30 years, however, and Quindlen s work, while stil [...]

    3. Onvan Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake Nevisande Anna Quindlen ISBN 1400069343 ISBN13 9781400069347 Dar 182 Safhe Saal e Chap 2012

    4. At age 60, Anna Quindlen has already had plenty of candles and birthday cake, but she wants A lot Her own mother died in her early 40s, when Anna was just nineteen That early loss has made her grateful for every additional year she gets that her mother was denied Anna s gratitude is the common ingredient that ties together these ruminations of an aging feminist baby boomer She seems amazed, even somewhat astonished, at how fortunate she has been She has reached an age where she can look back a [...]

    5. First I was who I was Then I didn t know who I was Then I invented someone and became her Then I began to like what I d invented And finally I was what I was again.Reading the memoir of a 60 woman who lived an average high middle income, comfortable, American life, without significance than becoming a well known author, but with no big role to play in politics or world history, is like sitting with an old friend digging around in treasures in the attics of our minds.The year I was born, the ave [...]

    6. EXCERPT Every once in a while we meet our long ago selves across a dining table or a desk, when younger women come to ask for advice or to interview for a job They re so eager and so smart, with their dresses and their shiny hair, and we know exactly what they want because we once wanted it, too They want a formula, a plan,a set of directions, an assembly kit Connect A to B, C to D, and in the end, there it is, the life you crave The job, the salary, the companion, the home It s so hard to tell [...]

    7. For some reason, in my head I constantly confuse Anne Tyler and Anna Quindlen no idea why While I was reading this novel, I kept thinking I was reading about Anne Tyler s life This book is like vignettes into Anna Quindlen s life I was immediately taken with the writing every sentence, paragraph, and page was filled to the brim with words that brought her story to life for me She starts out the book strong and projecting equal opportunity for those taking the road less traveled I found myself p [...]

    8. What is it like to be a Mother, a woman, a working woman, a feminist, a baby boomeror someone who s aging, who is at the end of their life with little options What is faith, motherhood, marriage, work, being a woman, friendship, love, life, or God forbid, death What in our life are absolutely not necessary or important I used to read Anna Quindlen s column religiously, not because we have a similar life as other readers claimed her kids are older, her career is successful, she s happily married [...]

    9. You will love this book from the very first paragraph It is about every woman s concerns from Day One of their worrying years You will laugh and say to yourself oh my, how true Or wowat happened to me Each chapter had a topic that was very poignant and one that will make you reflect as you read through the incidents and facts The chapter titled Generations and the chapter titled To Be Continued definitely brought tears to my eyes Another chapter titled Older will make you laugh out loud Your emo [...]

    10. I like Anna Quindlen a lot I think she s a very good writer who writes about important subject.However, it turns out that she is a better read for articles An entire book is too much to read all at once.The difficulty lies in getting to know her too well She is actually younger than I, and espouses a heightened consciousness about working women But the privilege is very hard to take in large doses, and her feminism is just too tinged with lack of discernment about class and race issues I m going [...]

    11. I listened to the audio of this book and was brought into the world of Anna Quindlen, told in her own voice I have not read her nonfiction before, but have devoured her fiction work This was a wonderful look at the woman behind the stories I have loved Women who were growing up in the 60 s and 70 s will relate so well to this book I am not sure the younger generation will but they could learn quite a lot if they were so inclined She talks of changes in the role of women, balancing careers and mo [...]

    12. Yeah, I m so excited I won an Anna Quindlen book in a First Reads giveaway I can t believe it I ll be watching the mail for it and let you know how great it is She is a wonderful writer I used an essay by her as an example of good writing when I taught Freshman comp back in the late 80 s.My book arrived and I read the first three short pieces and now am going to get busy and read Reading this book was delayed by bronchitis, but I have finished it and can recommend it to women in the 50 plus age [...]

    13. Someone on here once criticized Elizabeth Gilbert s Eat, Pray, Love as being too self centered This person wrote that another title for her book could have been ME ME ME ME ME ME ME I, on the other hand, am a big fan of Elizabeth Gilbert and a HUGE fan of Eat, Pray, Love, and I vehemently disagree with that reviewIS book is the memoir that could have been titled ME ME ME ME ME ME ME This writer is so self absorbed, it s ridiculous Each passage is basically a mini all about ME and we re all invit [...]

    14. Although the book is a memoir it seems much a compilation of musings and essays about life and aging Quindlen addresses many issues that I have often contemplated Her life perspective is interesting, she puts a positive spin on aging One can t think too much about the book because what s next Many of the passages in the book are worthy of discussion.

    15. We used to have so much in common, Anna But one of us went astray and clearly it was me I didn t marry Gerry, have three perfect kids, a perfect job, two perfect homes and fame Anna, I loved your stories of crying in the bathroom at the Times and Quin and Chris licking their orange fingers and saying I like these after their first run in with Cheetos.The subtitle of this memoir is Read it and weep ladies for I have created the perfect life In spite of being the first woman who ever had to go to [...]

    16. It s a rare day when I give a book five stars In this case, I picked up a personal, poignant reflection on womanhood at just the right moment in my life Anna Quindlen, who writes reliably excellent books, shares her thoughts on materialism, kids, girlfriends, work, body image, religion, growing old and so much I very much appreciate Quindlen s down to earth style Her experiences are highly relatable, told with stories that both made me laugh and rang sometimes all too true.A couple of my favori [...]

    17. Fantastic memoir by Anna Quindlen about marriage, parenthood, career, being a women today versus years ago, religion, aging, the writer s life, and I really enjoy her stories, experiences and her voice I particularly loved hearing about her career as a reporter and writer It gave you the inside scoop behind the woman who wrote for so many of us If you were a fan of her column when she wrote for the New York Times years ago, then this will feel like a reunion with an old friend.

    18. I ve read all of Quindlen s novels, but have avoided every one of her non fiction books because that s usually what I do with non fiction, avoid it I listened to this so I could have the author herself speak to me, and it was very enjoyable if you don t mind the New York accent, and I don t She mainly writes about motherhood, so this memoir is no different But if that was all she wrote about, she wouldn t be my favorite author of thement She discusses how times have changed from when she was a y [...]

    19. I want to preface this review with the statement that I love Anna Quindlen s fiction and I am a fan of hers on One True Thing stands as one of my all time favorites, and I gave it 5 stars, which I only bestow upon a select few With that being saidonto this review.There were parts of the book that were 4 or 5 star worthy Unfortunately this was marred by the author seeming to forget that she is speaking from a place in life that most women her age have never experienced, and most likely never will [...]

    20. Although I only read half of this book because after the first half it got reallllllly boring to me I ll still give it 3 starts I do like Anna Quindlen Perhaps if I were 10 15 years older, I would have read and treasured this compliation of life lessons from the spunky and witty authoress But her middle age monologue about life as an upper middle class or lower upper class woman just wore on me a bit too much Yes, I would love a summer house in New England and write for three months, taking a br [...]

    21. This was outside my usual reading range I was looking at it because I d come across some enthusiastic reviews and I thought it might be a nice gift for a sibling I can see why Quindlen is a popular writer she articulates those things about her life our lives that are peculiar and noteworthy and sometimes stressful and talks about them with us It must be a great relief for some folks to discover that here is someone who thinks exactly like them.However, I may be a bit of an outlier I have some of [...]

    22. I really enjoy Anna Quindlen s style and her writing is unsurpassed This book was enjoyable, but as a working slightly past middle aged woman, I found it difficult to relate to her in many areas She has lived a privileged lifestyle thaT she assumes is common to everyone The first essays in this book address the accumulation and comfort she has found in the stuff that makes up her life and while in the end she suggests that possessions aren t important, she fondly talks about her homes and apartm [...]

    23. I will begin this review by stating that if you are approaching sixty, or have already passed that golden age, this is a must read book Well, must read if you are a woman I suppose this will sound sexist, but we all know men don t think and feel the same as we do I have always loved this author and she does me proud once again You will cry and laugh, but mostly you will connect with most everything she says And in its own way her writing can bring you solace and peace.

    24. Okay, this seems harsh, because it isn t a bad book for those it s actually meant for but hear me out This was the sort of book that you read in order to find yourself in its pages As someone really far away from her targeted demographic I did not identify with much I found that the author wasn t particularly interested in explaining her opinions only stating them for others who could relate I had hoped that I would gain some deeper understanding of the perspectives from those of her generation, [...]

    25. OK, so this is the question What is a guy doing reading a book that a gal wrote for other gals Well, one reason is that this is a book about what it is like to be a woman I want to know about that When there is an M box and an F box, the answer is easy Unless you think about it I mean, gender is probably a continuum, right Lots of shades of differences and variations for all of us Many of think of life as pardon the phrase black or white A or B M or F But there is a feminine part of me and I wan [...]

    26. As a Boomer, reading Anne Quindlen s book reminds me of curling up on the living room couch with a close friend who really gets me and listening to her wry observations on life.And oh wow, DOES Quindlen ever get it Her essays are insightful, perceptive, poignant and wise as she addresses so much of our shared Boomer experiences marriage and kids, the importance of girlfriends, expectations and let downs, aging and premonitions of mortality The insights into a unique generation of women who grew [...]

    27. Interesting and well articulated memoir I think that how much of this book would resonate with the reader depends on the reader s stage of life Some of points made by the author may be lost on the younger generations, but if you are a baby boomer and female, you d probably relate and find it both funny and insightful I found it touching and a little bit depressing too.3.5 stars.Fav Quotes We trust our friends to tell us what we need to know, and to shield us from what we don t need to discover, [...]

    28. I generally enjoy Anna Quindlen s essays, and I can t say I didn t like this one, but over the course of my reading relationship with Anna, I have started to feel a chasm open up between us Part of it is a feeling that her essays have become dare I say it a little self congratulatory Christ, there is even a QA with MERYL STREEP at the end of this book which is a real pat ourselves on the backs , and the other part is a feeling that Anna does not exactly inhabit the world of real working women an [...]

    29. This is about being a woman, past, present and to some extent future It s what she learned in her life and what she made peace with over the years Read this book with a pencil or some book darts on hand, because it is full of wonderful quotes It s realistic yet uplifting, and it makes you wish you were sitting at her kitchen table with a cup of coffee and a chance to ask questions and draw out stories from this brilliant woman Given the current political climate, I especially loved hearing abou [...]

    30. Anna Quindlan is one of those writers you know you can count on This collection of essays is described as a memoir, but is really a series of essays on what it means for a woman to turn 60 with grace Every woman reading this, especially those of a certain age, will nod in recognition at the shared experiences physical and emotional especially when the life has been well spent There is nothing outstanding about her, if you take her at face value She was an extremely bright young woman who graduat [...]

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