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Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way)

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After giving us eleven novels in fourteen years, USA Today bestselling author Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs, which became a movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack) has reinvented herself once again with her first nonfiction book—Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way).

Wondering how to get to that life you really thought you'd be li
Paperback, 290 pages
Published July 18th 2014 by Marshbury Beach Books (first published July 15th 2014)
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Jul 17, 2014 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you dream of reinventing, reshaping, and expanding your life, then this book is for you! With her trademark wit and charm, Claire Cook unveils everything she’s learned on her own personal journey to reinvention. Intermingled with insights, valuable information, and spot-on advice, Claire shares fascinating stories about herself and other women who have dared to reach for their dreams. And, she tells the truth (sans candy-coating) about the bumps, setbacks, and detours she’s navigated while ...more
Ann Roth
Jul 18, 2014 Ann Roth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading Never Too Late. Awesome, inspiring, funny, so real, and so fun the way Claire weaves different stories throughout her own experience and advice. Loved every last drop!

With her signature humor and grasp of what it means to be a woman in today's world, Claire gives us an honest, inspiring look at how other women have found their lost dreams and brought them to life. She tells her own roller coaster story of ups and downs, and gives practical advice and guidance for getting un
Lori Sparks Shoemake
Fabulous! Claire had to be speaking to me, ha! This book is about ANYTHING you have felt is your calling, mine just happens to also be writing. This is just what I needed to start my two pages each day, I actually have several stories to tell.

I have been part of online writing groups but there was too much coming in from too many people and too many directions, but Claire made it more personal and to the point, she is a "real" person and one of "us" :) I have been caught in the full-time mother
Jul 23, 2014 Lesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you want to be when you grow up? Or, another way Claire Cook phrases it, "What would you like your life to be in five years and what's getting in your way?" Cook, the author of eleven novels, has turned to nonfiction for Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way). It's a thought-provoking, inspiring book. If you've thought about changing your career and following your passion, Cook's book just might provide the needed push.

Cook tells her own story, m
Sharon Duran
Jul 17, 2014 Sharon Duran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book! My usual reads include light fiction and light mystery. Claire Cook is the reason I branched out to read Never Too Late, my first "make me a better me" book. Actually Claire's latest included a
travelogue on Isla Mujeres, Mexico as well as an autobiography. I felt that I learned so much about Claire and her journey that we became friends by the end of the book. I met many exceptional women in these pages, including me. I realized I've been reinvented several times and am now plott
Ken Harvey
Jul 17, 2014 Ken Harvey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this wonderfully readable and inspiring book, Claire Cook shows us how to shift gears and reinvent ourselves at any age. Her stories of real women who discover what they really want to do with their lives -- and then do it! -- make this book hard to put down. It's just what you'd expect from this always charming novelist.
Jul 18, 2014 Candace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the perfect tool at the perfect time for me. I've done plenty of reinventing, believe me - divorce, career changes, relationships, empty nest, moving, and then moving again. But the thing is, I often felt like I was doing it wrong, like everyone had the secret code but me.

As I read this book I was inspired, and a bit relieved. Hey, Claire Cook struggles too, and so don't a lot of other women (and men) when working hard to change their lives. Maybe I'm not alone! No, I know i'm not.
Jul 14, 2015 Keryn rated it it was amazing
A practical and engaging read to recommend to all women (and perhaps men though it seems self-help readers are mainly female for some reason? ...a topic for another book) who are at the point in their lives, no particular age, where they seek what the author calls 'reinvention', or a second/third/fourth/nth career.

Also a courageous read: "If I sound less than sympathetic, it's because writing this section is giving me major flashbacks to my own pre-reinvention days....I kept myself ridiculously
Eileen Goudge
Sep 18, 2014 Eileen Goudge rated it it was amazing
Novelist Claire Cook's foray into the self-help field reads like a pep talk from a good friend. I loved that she doesn't make you feel you have to adopt her roadmap for reinvention. She tells what worked for her and encourages you to create your own. Her advice is wise and never overbearing and delivered mostly through example. Success, as she defines it, is as much about achieving personal happiness as professional goals. Anyone who finds themselves at a crossroads would benefit from reading ...more
Jul 18, 2014 Sheilah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With her first non-fiction novel, Never Too Late, Claire Cook takes your hand and leads you down the path of reinvention. Having traveled this path in her own unique way, she gives insightful, thought-provoking stories of those she’s met on her journey. The stories are both humorous and touching, teaching us that failing is not really failure, it is actually success. Never Too Late, gives inspiration, guidance and invaluable tips for those of us who have ever wondered, “What happened to ME?”
Karen McQuestion
Aug 07, 2014 Karen McQuestion rated it it was amazing
What a fun, easy read! I found it to be both inspirational and entertaining. As a writer, I especially loved hearing how the novel, MUST LOVE DOGS, became a movie.
Alex Poulos
Oct 18, 2016 Alex Poulos rated it really liked it
The tales in this book were helpful and pretty inspiring on how to reinvent your life no matter what your age/circumstance/financial status may be. The story of Claire's overall reinvention lended some helpful tips and tools as well. I really liked the "2 pages a day principle." The story of Claire writing in her van was a bit redundant. A nice read overall.
Michael Harling
Jun 03, 2016 Michael Harling rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
Hell-o, Wilderness? I’d like to cry out here for a while, if I may. “Never Too Late” by Claire Cook currently has 73 reviews on Out of those 73 reviews, only 6 are NOT 5-star, and only 1 is a 3-star. I’m about to give it its first 1-star rating.

I like a good motivational book, and especially one that deals primarily with writing. This one looked interesting. I bought. I read. This is my impression:

“Hi! I have an amazing life. Even before I had an amazing life it was still pretty amaz
Stephanie Burns
Nov 24, 2014 Stephanie Burns rated it it was amazing
Obsessive reader that I am, I constantly find myself recommending books to people. Once in a while, a book comes along that I not only want to recommend, but that I want to boast about through a megaphone, handing out copies with a simple, “You’re welcome.” I don’t have a megaphone handy—plus that might be a little off-putting—so this review will have to suffice in telling you that you must do yourself a favor and read Claire Cook’s Never Too Late.

Fans of Claire Cook’s eleven novels will tell yo
Carrie Ann Lahain
Mid-life reinvention is possible if you're willing to draw up a realistic plan and stick to it.

NEVER TOO LATE: YOUR ROADMAP TO REINVENTION is Claire Cook's memoir/how-to hybrid about how she achieved her long-delayed dream of becoming a writer. Cook has over a dozen novels to her credit. One, MUST LOVE DOGS, was adapted into a popular feature film.

The narrative thread of this book is a reinvention conference Cook spoke at in Mexico. As readers attend the conference with her, she offers anecdot
Carrie Ann Lahain
Mid-life reinvention is possible if you're willing to draw up a realistic plan and stick to it.

NEVER TOO LATE: YOUR ROADMAP TO REINVENTION is Claire Cook's memoir/how-to hybrid about how she achieved her long-delayed dream of becoming a writer. Cook has over a dozen novels to her credit. One, MUST LOVE DOGS, was adapted into a popular feature film.

The narrative thread of this book is a reinvention conference Cook spoke at in Mexico. As readers attend the conference with her, she offers anecdotes
Mar 19, 2015 Jencey/ rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Claire Cook’s platform is “Reinvention.” So what is my reinvention? For Claire it began in her minivan. She will tell you more about it in the book. Mine started back in 2006 when my best friend said you devour books. You need to write. I pushed this idea away initially because I felt that I was so bad at it. When I moved to Georgia everything changed. I happened to move as the recession began. I needed a job. When I finally found one it didn’t really fit the bill for everything I needed. While ...more
Joanne Guidoccio
Sep 05, 2014 Joanne Guidoccio rated it it was amazing
As an author on my own road to reinvention, I’m always on the lookout for stories about women who boldly seek adventures that propel them into second acts. I was thrilled to discover Claire Cook’s delightful novels and read about her extraordinary journey.

Reinvention is a recurring theme in Claire’s life and novels.

She wrote her first novel at age 45 in a minivan while her children were at swim practice. Five years later, she walked down the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of Must Love Dogs
Sep 03, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Claire Cook's "Never Too Late: A Roadmap to Reinvention" and I am raring to go on my own reinvention. This book fell into my life right when I needed it. I was at a crossroads as a writer. Do I let the book I have been working on for years fade into oblivion so I can write the new book that is in my head? Do I buckle down and finally finish that book and get it out there already? Do I give up on writing completely, now that I have found myself a career that I love in the ...more
Donna Sawyer
Sep 19, 2014 Donna Sawyer rated it really liked it
Claire Cook has a warm way with words that makes you think she is sitting right next to you, with her arm around your shoulders, sharing her life. In "Never Too Late" we travel with her on a path that informed her reinvention and all the while she is pointing out practicalities and pitfalls that we'll encounter as we move forward with our own reinvention. As a fledgling Indy writer/publisher I initially picked up her book for tips and tactics from someone who recently decided to publish on her ...more
Victoria Colotta
Oct 28, 2015 Victoria Colotta rated it it was amazing
So for those of you looking for the standard review, I suppose it would go something like this. Claire Cook’s Never Too Late is exploration of reinvention. The book holds true to the author’s voice that we have all come to love. However, instead of weaving together a fictional story with plots and characters, she manages to combine advice, the stories she has collected, and her own personal experiences in a way that goes far beyond the cookie cutter self-improvement books.

However, if you want m
Sep 02, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Can't believe this is my first Claire Cook book! And it's nonfiction. I picked up this book, because I feel a bit like Claire must have felt when her life started to change. I moved to a new town, felt like I was starting over in a sense and wanted to try to make some changes in my life, but needed a little guidance. Her book was written in a way that it was like Claire was there next to me on the sofa, talking to me. Her advice is simple, straight forward and doable. I want to start writing and ...more
Barbara Lohr
Jul 31, 2014 Barbara Lohr rated it it was amazing
A fun read, the book gives lots of advice with the author’s usual enthusiasm. Structured around an inspirational conference at La Isla de Las Mujeres (Island of the Women), Cook uses anecdotes from her own life as well as from the lives of attendees to make the point that it’s never too late to become the person you planned to be. The book will be a keeper for many, where you dog-ear the pages or highlight a line—a mood booster for all women with specific helpful points for writers. Many writers ...more
Apr 10, 2016 April rated it did not like it
I don't even know where to start when describing how awful this book is. According to the description it is supposed to be a self help book that will start you on the path to reinventing your life to what you dreamed it would be. In reality it is a combination of story about a business trip and a recounting of how the author started writing. She led a wonderful life prior to becoming an author but that wasn't enough so she wrote a novel which sold immediately to the first publisher she submitted ...more
T.O. Weller
Dec 10, 2015 T.O. Weller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because, well, how could I not? I named my blog and then discovered it, like it was meant to be.

For anyone ready to reinvent, and particularly for those who want that reinvention to include a writing career, you'll find Cook's thoughts both informative and inspiring.

Here's one of my favorites: "I've also considered that perhaps if you procrastinate as long as I did, you get to skip some of the awful stages on the path to wherever it is you're going and just cut to the chase."

I t
Leanne Hunt
Aug 01, 2015 Leanne Hunt rated it really liked it
Shelves: motivational
Claire Cook is an author after my own heart. She writes funny, inspirational novels about ordinary people changing their lives and has now released this non-fiction book about reinvention. It's an easy read, both in the sense of being light and being nice to return to after a day of work. I so enjoyed the second half, in particular, that I was sorry when the chapters ran out. I could have gone on reading Claire's feel-good stories, heartfelt bits of advice and practical suggestions for ...more
Donna Morris
Aug 24, 2014 Donna Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Claire Cook is your best friend who wants you to succeed, and to follow your dreams. With her new book, she tells you specific steps to take to start you on the path. Claire is warm, and funny, and generous and truthful with her advice, and her experiences. This is a book any person who has felt that is is too late should read and follow.
I bought the e-book, and now ordered the paperback, so that I can carry it with me. It is more than a book you read once, but more like a handbook, to which you
Ali Duran
Have you ever wondered how somebody gets to do something they truly love and are passionate about? Claire walks you though her story of how she became a fantastic author from a teacher. She enlightens readers with the steps she took to reinvent herself and how others she has met along the way changed their lives as well. In the great search to be happy in life, Claire shows us that its not easy, but it is definitely possible to turn a passion and a dream into a career. Great friendly advice ...more
Jamie Eslinger
Aug 06, 2014 Jamie Eslinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved NEVER TOO LATE! Claire's writing is so easy and honest I felt like we were actually sitting at a Starbucks together, comparing notes, and sharing life long memories. Inside Never Too Late she shares everything you would love to ask her over a cup of coffee.

One of the reoccurring themes in the book is "Karma is a Boomerang." How appropriate. This book feels like the author's own personal gift of wisdom and a big nudge of encouragement to the reader. Highly recommend if you are re-inventing,
Apr 17, 2015 Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read Claire's fiction and was excited when she wrote this reinvention non-fiction book. As soon as I read it, I registered for the We Move Forward event in Mexico this March 2015. It was everything Claire said it would be at this gathering. People talked about Claire's presentation the year before. She was missed; however, they did give away several copies of her book. I told all of them at We Move Forward it was because of her book that I had to come to the event. I can't wait to see ...more
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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. I'm now the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of 16 books. If you have a buried dream, take it from me, it is NEVER too late!

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