Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Audiobook CD - 2012
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In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead—and celebrating it all—as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more.
 
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 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. Sometimes I will see a photo of an actress in an unflattering dress or a blouse too young for her or with a heavy-handed makeup job, and I mutter, ‘She must not have any girlfriends.’ ”
 
Stuff: “Here’s what it comes down to, really: there is now so much stuff in my head, so many years, so many memories, that it’s taken the place of primacy away from the things in the bedrooms, on the porch. My doctor says that, contrary to conventional wisdom, she doesn’t believe our memories flag because of a drop in estrogen but because of how crowded it is in the drawers of our minds. Between the stuff at work and the stuff at home, the appointments and the news and the gossip and the rest, the past and the present and the plans for the future, the filing cabinets in our heads are not only full, they’re overflowing.”
 
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 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.”
 
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 satisfying and even joyful. Candid, funny, 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.




From the Hardcover edition.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author of A Short Guide to a Happy Life presents a candid and whimsical personal account that explores what matters to middle-aged women and how they regard life stages. Simultaneous.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents a candid and personal account that explores what matters to middle-aged women and how they regard life stages.

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307989864
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK BIO Quindlen QUI
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.

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darladoodles
Jun 21, 2017

I'm hovering around a 3.5. After seeing this author in KC and reading her book "Miller's Valley", it was a treat to hear her read her book. She made many observations that had me nodding along with her even though in some ways our lives are very different.

It did make me sad to hear her basically lump all of those who are religious conservatives into the same basket as Fred Phelps and his radical followers in Westboro. Not even close! And also to hear she no longer believes in heaven and hell.

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Jul 16, 2014

I am not old???

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