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Claire Cook

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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 18 books. 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 books, Shine On: How to Grow Awesome Instead of Old and 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 f
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There’s an old toast: May all your troubles be as short as your New Year’s resolutions. Which is why personally I’m not a huge fan as far as New Year’s resolutions go. It’s too easy to feel like a failure when those daily trips to the gym fizzle out by Valentine’s Day. But I do love to get quiet this time of year and think about what I want my life to be so I can make the decision...

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Summer Blowout Q&A (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:34PM
Description: An interview with Claire Cook, bestselling author of Summer Blowout, Life's a Beach and Must Love Dogs.
Friends Don't Let Friends Walk Alone! (Entertainment)
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Description: stories about women, walking, and friendship

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Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
"Reading Must Love Dogs; A Howliday Tail, is like pulling down a box of warm comfortable sweaters from the attic and sipping a hot cup of Barry's Irish tea. Revisiting Sarah Hurlihy and her crazy but lovable Irish family, is like falling right back..." Read more of this review »
Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
"Claire Cook has just released her sixth Must Love Dogs book, and I can’t stop wagging over it. A Howliday Tail is filled with everything we’ve come to know and love in Claire’s books—humor, heart, and furry friends—and I’m already begging for the..." Read more of this review »
Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
"For me, the “Must Love Dogs” series by Claire Cook hits home in an incredible way, and these books may do the same for you. Once again, amongst the humorous family times in “The Howliday Tail” there are pearls of insight. How does Claire Cook do t..." Read more of this review »
Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
"If you have befriended Sarah Hurlihy in any of the previous Must Love Dogs tales, then you will want to renew acquaintances in this next book in the series. A Howliday Tail brings you into Sarah's life as she tries to navigate such familiar trials..." Read more of this review »
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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

“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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“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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“Why one human being is attracted to another is one of the great mysteries of 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 heroines...one is named Clair (no e).
Blessings,
Jeannie


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!

Elena



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 :)

Ellen


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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.

Claire


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