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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
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Mar 08, 12

bookshelves: genre-biography-memoir, vine, location-usa-new-york
Read from March 04 to 08, 2012

Anna Quindlan is one of those writers you know you can count on. This collection of essays is described as a memoir, but is really a series of essays on what it means for a woman to turn 60 with grace. Every woman reading this, especially those of a certain age, will nod in recognition at the shared experiences physical and emotional especially when the life has been well spent. There is nothing outstanding about her, if you take her at face value. She was an extremely bright young woman who graduated from Barnard, married, had three children that she remains friends with after they've grown. She's married to the same man she met in college. But add to all that her trail breaking career with the New York Times, the fact that she departed to become a full time novelist so she could work from home, and she's won a Pulitzer. Her powers of observation are acute, the clarity of her prose, legendary. More than a little humor sprinkles her observations. When you've finished this collection yes, you feel as if you know her, but more exactly, that she knows you.
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