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Nothing to Fall Back On: The Life and Times of a Perpetual Optimist
by Betsy Carter (Goodreads Author)
Successful and smart, Betsy Carter was not only the ultimate New York Woman, she was also founder of a magazine by that name. For nearly 20 years she led a life that others only dream oftravel, power, fashion, partiesuntil things started to go terribly wrong. Carter faced a series of catastrophes: a devastating car accident, a failed marriage, a house that burned down. The ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 7th 2002 by Hyperion
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Jul 16, 2008 Nick rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who feels sorry for themselves
Recommended to Nick by: found it all by myself
Although I've vacationed in Cape Cod countless times, I'd never checked out the Provincetown Library, which, among many other things has lovely bay views on the Mezzanine floor, an air conditioned non technology reading room, places to take your laptop, and a half scale model of a wood schooner on the second floor. I recently clinched my already high opinion of this library when I accidentally came across Betty Carter's terrifically inspiring, witty memoir, Nothing to Fall Back On, subtitled the ...more
I adore Betsy Carter's writing style. I've read and enjoyed every fiction book she's ever written, and once those were all read, I got my hands on this nonfiction memoir of hers. Her trademark style is still there, still enjoyable. But for some reason, she decided to write her memoir entirely out of order, in what seems to me to be an absolutely random order. I can't figure out why she did this, as it detracts from the book (you have to re-orient yourself at the start of every chapter), and I do ...more
Apr 09, 2011 Abby rated it it was ok
Recommended to Abby by: others by the author
This book was about keeping optimism but it was hard to get through in a down time in my life since it was all about the struggles she overcame. They are horrific, and I'm glad that she got through them so well, but it makes me feel bad about being down about my life.
I like her fiction much more.
I like her fiction much more.
I did a book review on Swim to Me; another of Betsy Carter's books. I enjoyed that one so much I wanted to read more of her books. I really enjoyed this book. She tells her personal memior with admirable frankness and a great deal of humor. It is just a quick, fun read that leaves you marveling at the human spirit and our ability to overcome difficulties!
I am the author of the novel, Swim to Me, which was published in August 2007 by Algonquin Books who also published, The Orange Blossom Special in 2005. My memoir Nothing to Fall Back On was a national bestseller. I write for O: The Oprah magazine, Good Housekeeping, New York, Glamour and Hallmark, among others.
I was a reporter at Newsweek for nine years, and then served as the Editorial Director ...more