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Up For Renewal by Cathy Alter
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Nov 28, 2008

really liked it
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When freelance writer Cathy Alter decides to spend a year following the advice found in the pages of 14 different womens' magazines, she finds some contentment, new skills and a fiance. A journey into improved nutrition begins with a lesson in how to correctly cling-wrap a sandwich so that it stays together in one's lunch bag (although, in today's environmentally aware environment, I do not know why Alter did not choose a reusable sandwich case and lunch box). That's just the beginning of a refreshing and light-heartened memoir that examines both a woman starting over in the aftermath of divorce and the silliness of some women's magazines. In the end, I applauded Alter's decision to dump every magazine except one for which she had actually written. While she gets her "happily ever after," it really comes more from examining who she really is and what her goals are than from any "50 Ways to do Whatever" article read over the course of the year. Overall, a highly entertaining read.
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