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Claire Cook

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in Alexandria, VA, The United States
February 14



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I wrote my first novel in my minivan at 45. At 50, I walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of my second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. If you have a buried dream, take it from me, it is NEVER too late!

I've reinvented myself once again by turning Must Love Dogs into a series, writing my first nonfiction book, Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way), in which I share everything I've learned on my own journey that might help you in yours. I've also become a reinvention speaker, so if know anyone who's looking for a fun and inspiring speaker, I hope you'll send them to Thanks!

I was born in Virginia, and lived for ma

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Must Love Dogs: Fetch You Later, Book 3 of the Must Love Dogs series, will be out December 26. (There’s no preorder for Book 3, so you won’t be able to buyit until then.) But you can enter to win autographed and personalized copies of all three books in the Must Love Dogs series on Goodreads right now!

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Must Love Dogs (Must Love D...
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Seven Year Switch
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Life's a Beach
3.07 of 5 stars 3.07 avg rating — 3,548 ratings — published 2007 — 27 editions
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The Wildwater Walking Club
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2,846 ratings — published 2009 — 16 editions
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Summer Blowout
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 1,872 ratings — published 2008 — 16 editions
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Wallflower in Bloom
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 1,658 ratings — published 2012 — 13 editions
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Best Staged Plans
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Time Flies
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 1,167 ratings — published 2013 — 9 editions
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Multiple Choice
2.99 of 5 stars 2.99 avg rating — 885 ratings — published 2004 — 13 editions
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Ready to Fall
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Summer Blowout Q&A (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: An interview with Claire Cook, bestselling author of Summer Blowout, Life's a Beach and Must Love Dogs.
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Description: stories about women, walking, and friendship

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"Claire Cook and the Hurlihy family strike again! The adventures of the Hurlihy family continue with lots of laughter, love, and high jinks. While Sarah and her sisters are trying to keep their father out of the clutches of a senior sweepstakes vix..." Read more of this review »
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“You never know what you're going to get with a pinball game," John said. "It's a lot like life. You can't control it, so you have to just roll with it and do the best you can. And if you do well enough, sometimes you get a bonus play.”
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“If plan A doesn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters - 204 if you're in Japan.”
Claire Cook, Seven Year Switch

“What do I want? What kind of question is that? I want what everybody wants. I want someone who has my back. I want someone's name to put in the space after "in an emergecy please call." I want someone who will drink the other half of the bottle of wine so I don't. And someone to make it worth sitting down at an actual table to eat. I want someone who's dying to get home after a long day because I'm going to be there.”
Claire Cook, Best Staged Plans

“Maybe if the right person floats into your life, you have to jump in with both feet and try to make it work before the tide turns.”
Claire Cook, Summer Blowout


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“Maybe part of find what you wanted was recognizing what you didn't want. Maybe there was hope for me yet.”
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“Maybe deep down inside we were all still in our formative years. Maybe it was never too late for any of us to change.”
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“What are sisters for if not to point out the things the rest of the world is too polite to mention.”
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“There were lots of kinds of men in the world. There were lots of kinds of dogs in the world. There were lots of men who acted like dogs in the world.”
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message 9: by Shirley (last edited Apr 22, 2012 04:47PM)

Shirley Spikes Hi Claire, thanks for inviting me to be your friend. I just ordered two of your books. I have read great reviews from both. I would love to win the spa weekend. I will keep my fingers crossed that I am the one chosen.
Sincerely, Shirley

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Claire, I'm so honored to be your friend and your fan as well. I'm currently co-authoring a novel and there's two is named Clair (no e).

message 7: by Beth

Beth Hi Claire,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author!
- Beth

Elena Dorothy HI, Claire!

Thank you for the invitation. Pleased to have you as a friend.
Sounds like you've been a pretty busy lady.

Best Wishes for a great Holiday Season and a Very Merry Christmas!


message 4: by Ellen

Ellen Hi Claire!
Thanks so much for adding me as a friend :)) I totally loved Must Love Dogs---and I totally related with Multiple Choice. Must admit that one introduced my into chocotinis---Yum :)


Three's The Charm 11/28

Stacy-Deanne Stacy-Deanne Hello, sending warmth and love your way!

Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

Dreamsbane of Tamalor by Bradley James Simpson

Claire Kathy,

Thanks for your kind words about Summer Blowout and Life's a Beach!

Congrats on your first novel! I just loved House and Home. Such a great story, and so beautifully written. I wish you much success with it.

So nice to meet another Voice author. I think it's such a fabulous list.


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