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Alice K's Guide to Life: One Woman's Quest for Survival, Sanity, and the Perfect New Shoes

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Meet Alice K., thirty-something new-products editor at Green Goddess magazine -- modern, successful, elegant, desirable, and absolutely riddled with anxiety. The problem is that behind the lip gloss, the sixteen black skirts, and the fabulous shoes, Alice is convinced she is a fake and that somebody is going to find out. The first book by bestselling author Caroline Knapp ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Plume
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Ann
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I came to this book after reading Caroline Knapp's memoir "Drinking, a Love Story". This is a collection of the columns that she wrote for the Boston Phoenix in the early 1990s. This shows in the repetitiveness of the format, with many of the pieces starting with Alice K lying in bed, agonizing over one or other of the aspects of her life. Others are formatted as "open letters" to various people and institutions.

The stories, about the travails of a single woman trying to navigate her way toward
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Amy Matthes
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Quirky and fun!
AJ
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Caroline Knapp, author of Drinking: A Love Story (an excellent memoir which comes highly recommended by yours truly) used to be an author for the Boston Phoenix where she wrote a column documenting the trials and tribulations of Alice K. (not her real initial). Many of the interesting points that you may have read about in Drinking are captured in a semi-autobiographical, candid and entertaining manner through the lens of Alice K. It also highlights the zeitgeist of the early 1990s, complete wit ...more
Aileen Pluschkell
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Ich bin gerade dabei meinen Bücherstapel abzuarbeiten und habe dieses hier für schnell zwischendurch entdeckt...
Habe es nun durch und war ein wenig enttäuscht. Ich hatte mir etwas anderes darunter vorgestellt und habe auch erst beim Lesen festgestellt, dass es als Tagebuch deklariert ist...
Mit dem Schreibstil bin ich irgendwie nicht klargekommen. Ich fand es etwas sehr durcheinander und nicht wirklich zusammenhängend teilweise. Das fand ich etwas schade. Aber alles in allem doch ein nettes Buch
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Voracious
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this, because I love Caroline Knapp for 'Drinking: A Love Story'. But the format killed it for me. It was like reading one of those wry, witty columns in a woman's mag, except 200 times longer. Which is just too much of that sort of thing. There were a lot of good insights and clever lines, but it was too self-aware, too...it was like reading a chick-lit novel by Bertolt Brecht.
Jenna
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Similar to "Bridget Jone's Diary," But IMHO MUCH better, funnier and original. Alice K obsesses about lots of things, but really is funny. And the ending does not wrap everything up in a tidy little bow. It leaves you laughing out loud.
Lain
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Knapp is one of the funniest writers I've ever read. I was so disappointed and humbled to hear about her early death. I remember reading many of these columns in their original incarnation in The Boston Phoenix in the early 90s.
Sharon Deeken
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lovely. Adored Caroline Knapp, who was gone too soon, but left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to discover her and learn so much from this remarkable young woman.
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In my opinion, this book invented the genre "chick lit." It was my favorite book as a single career girl and I still keep a copy of it on my shelf.
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Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The collection of her column from the Boston Phoenix in the 90s. Funny, raw, honest, insightful. RIP C.Knapp.
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Caroline Knapp was an American writer and columnist whose candid best-selling memoir Drinking: A Love Story recounted her 20-year battle with alcoholism.

From 1988-95, she was a columnist for the Boston Phoenix, where her column "Out There" often featured the fictional "Alice K." In 1994, those columns were collected in her first book, Alice K's Guide to Life: One Woman's Quest for Survival, Sanity
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