Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

[a Memoir]

Book - 2012
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A memoir of how life looks from the perspective of a woman in her 50s. A candid, funny book in which Quindlen uses her past, present, and future to explore what matters to women throughout the stages of life and overall. Here is the Quindlen her many readers love most, talking to you directly about your life, even as she reports and reflects on her own.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012.
ISBN: 9781400069347
Characteristics: xiii, 182 pages ;,25 cm.

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readerpat
Jul 14, 2015

An easy reading book. I enjoyed it and could relate to a lot of her memories.

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fitzchowan
Jul 07, 2015

Very relatable! Poignant and pithy reflections as the author looks back on life as she approaches her sixties.

aisha65 Jul 06, 2014

Enjoyable short essays.

JCLHelenH Jun 12, 2013

I liked this book much better after discussing it with my book club, than I did while reading it. Interesting!

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davehook
Oct 27, 2012

At first this book started out well - a refreshing voice of someone who is enjoying aging rather than whining about it. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about her own personal experiences. But I was somewhat put off by some of her sweeping generalizations of groups of people - as if all men think and act the same, that all atheists are really just people who are opposed to what is going on the Catholic Church or that because she doesn't think retirement would work for her, the concept of retirement is dead. And so on. It would have been much better if she just kept to her own experiences.

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shanauer
Sep 26, 2012

Love most of Quindlen's work, but she seemed a little....I don't know- full of herself?- in this one. Yeah, I know it's a memoir, but she's just so... PROUD. Yuck. However, several friends loved it, so what do I know?

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kozakd
Sep 08, 2012

Anna's writing is laugh out loud funny while current and thought provoking for any boomer headed into retirement. This is a quick, fun read that would make a great Mother's Day or birthday gift.

mrsgail5756 Aug 05, 2012

A very good read. I enjoyed this book I would recommend this book for all to read.

booklady413 Jul 28, 2012

Having reached a ripe old age myself, I enjoyed Anna's memoir about looking back at life, the good, the bad and the ugly!

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capezio
Jul 18, 2012

Enjoyed the book a great deal. She could be my mother, and I 100% can't relate to things she has gone through.....yet...but her wisdom and perspective was thought provoking, and relevent. I enjoyed the essays, her witty jests, and the overall compilation of the book.

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