Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Author: Anna Quindlen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448150612

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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In Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen shares the events of her own life to illuminate our own. From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen tells life as she has lived it. She acknowledges the passing years, from the generational shrinking of underwear to facing the fact that her knees make ’this noise like Rice Krispies’ when she exercises. Despite its downsides, she says, aging brings wisdom, and a perspective that makes life satisfying and even joyful. Honest, witty and moving, this irresistible memoir celebrates all our lives.

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Author: Anna Quindlen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0679604006

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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“[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 Includes an exclusive conversation between Meryl Streep and Anna Quindlen! 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

The Art of Caregiving in Fiction, Film, and Memoir

Author: Jeffrey Berman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350166596

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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Bringing together the human story of care with its representation in film, fiction and memoir, this book combines an analysis of care narratives to inform and inspire ideas about this major role in life. Alongside analysis of narratives drawn from literature and film, the author sensitively interweaves the story of his wife's illness and care to illuminate perspectives on dealing with human decline. Examining texts from a diverse range of authors such as Leo Tolstoy, Edith Wharton and Alice Munro, and filmmakers such as Ingmar Bergman and Michael Haneke, it addresses questions such as why caregiving is a dangerous activity, the ethical problems of writing about caregiving, the challenges of reading about caregiving, and why caregiving is so important. It serves as a fire starter on the subject of how we can gain insight into the challenges and opportunities of caregiving through the creative arts.

The Fiction of Our Lives

Author: Sandra M. Levy-Achtemeier

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498225128

Category: Religion

Page: 278

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We are the author of our own lives. We create, re-create, and co-create our stories over the lifetime we have been given in order to make something of ourselves in the process. Blending new findings from brain science and psychology with spiritual and theological insights, Sandra Levy-Achtemeier has written a readable work translating complex scientific and spiritual categories into practical terms that can inform our everyday selves. From our evolutionary roots that equip us to sing meaning into our living, to the cultural menus we now draw from to script new meaning into our days, she has given us an incredible wealth of wisdom to inform the rest of our life journeys. Underneath it all, Levy-Achtemeier makes the case that God's Spirit and call are at the center of our story--from our brain synapses to the historical circumstances that impinge on our lives.

Irish Americans: The History and Culture of a People

Author: William E. Watson,Eugene J. Halus Jr.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610694678

Category: Social Science

Page: 511

View: 3908


Virtually every aspect of American culture has been influenced by Irish immigrants and their descendants. This encyclopedia tells the full story of the Irish-American experience, covering immigration, assimilation, and achievement. • Demonstrates the intricate—and far-reaching—nature of the Irish-American connection • Covers the variety of the Irish-American political experience in the North and South rather than focusing only on northern populations • Distinguishes between the experience of Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics • Highlights the Irish propensity for inventiveness in America and Irish contributions to business and technology • Discusses the prominence of the Irish in the Catholic Church in the United States

Preaching the Women of the Old Testament

Author: Lynn Japinga

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 1611647894

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Take an in-depth look at over twenty fierce, faithful, and strong women featured in the Old Testament with Preaching the Women of the Old Testament. Inside this unique resource author Lynn Japinga interprets the stories of various biblical women, including Eve, Rebekah, Dinah, Tamar, Miriam, Deborah, Jael, Abigail, Bathsheba, and Vashti. Along with providing an interpretation, Japinga demonstrates how the character's story has been read in Christian tradition and offers sermon ideas that connect contemporary issues to each story. This book is ideal for pastors who want to know more about the many women of the Old Testament and learn how to better incorporate them into their sermons.

I've Still Got It...I Just Can't Remember Where I Put It

Author: Jenna McCarthy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698145860

Category: Humor

Page: 320

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Welcome to Middle Age! Please check your functioning internal thermostat and razor-sharp memory at the door and pour yourself a nice, stiff drink... Jenna McCarthy might be forty-something, but she doesn’t feel forty-something. She certainly doesn’t look forty-something. (Actually she does, but she’s in denial so maybe don’t mention it?) And between complaining about how tired she is, trying to remember what she came in here for and wondering whether she drinks too much, she does not have time for a crisis. She has, however, had time to crack the mysterious midlife code. She’s figured out how to tame her muffin top, keep the spark in her marriage and probably not die a fiery hoarder’s death. She’s learned the trick to looking ten years younger and the secret to feeling ten times happier (and it only cost $14.99 plus shipping and handling). And she’s discovered the one thing she will need to do for the rest of ever if she’s going to continue to refuse to “dress her age.” Tackling everything from cosmetic surgery and financial panic to skinny jeans and the meaning of life, I’ve Still Got It... is a middle age manifesto filled with hilarious misadventures, humiliating confessions and occasional (hot) flashes of genius.

Five Gifts of Pro-Aging

Author: Marcia Newman

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1452595437

Category: Self-Help

Page: 108

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In her timely guidebook, Boomer therapist Marcia Newman brings a fresh response to an anti-aging American culture that targets women to find their value in remaining youthful looking. Five Gifts of Pro-Aging was born out of Marcia's own aging crisis and her three decades of working with women who increasingly find themselves obsessed with the insatiable practice of nip, tuck, highlight, laser, and fill. Through humor and her no-nonsense style, Marcia provides valuable tips, motivational questions, and personal stories to help you age more consciously and comfortably. Five Gifts of Pro-Aging will help you to: * Take stock of your own age phobia * Uncover and recover from prolific social stigmas about growing older * Learn about feminine carry-over behaviors and how to transform them * Clear up unfinished business and bring honor to your maturity * Feed your seasoned inner animal with the gift of wildness * Join with other pro-aging women who are bringing the humane back into humanity Marcia Newman is dedicated to helping Baby Boomers pioneer healthier aging attitudes and actions. In Marcia's own words, "We are the perfect ones to revolutionize the aging freedom movement. It is my joy and privilege to bring this labor of love into the mix. My vision holds a brighter, more mature culture where women are able to receive full human dignity, no matter one's chronological age."

The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

Author: Sandra Tsing Loh

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393244237

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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From an “imaginatively twisted and fearless” writer (Los Angeles Times), a hilarious memoir of middle age. In a voice that is wry, disarming, and totally candid, Sandra Tsing Loh tells the moving and laugh-out-loud tale of her roller coaster through "the change." This is not your grandmother's menopause story. Loh chronicles utterly relatable, everyday perils: raising preteen daughters, weathering hormonal changes, and the ups and downs of a career and a relationship. She writes also about an affair and the explosion of her marriage, while managing the legal and marital hijinks of her eighty-nine-year-old dad. The upbeat conclusion: it does get better.