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“A wonderful memoir that caused the reader to reflect on personal memories filled with laughter and tears.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“The writing is absolutely beautiful, but I thought the content got redundant by the end.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Enjoyed this memoir very much. I can identify with her as we are of similar age, have been married a long time, have 3 adult children and lost our mothers at a young age. She really resonates with me. ”Sheila P wrote this review Tuesday, November 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Quindlen and LOVED it. I always read her articles in Newsweek growing up and have always enjoyed her writing style. This book reminds me so much of my mother, her entire generation, and the challenge they've faced and continue to face. I would highly recommend this book for any Baby-Boomer mother who has an empty nest and is struggling to understand her role in caring for her aging parents. Or simply for any daughter of a Baby-Boomer who wants to understand just how much this generation is changing the way America "grows up" and the responsibilities that come with that.”Kerry D wrote this review Sunday, July 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was ok, had some funny moments and you can definitely recognize yourself in her writing if you are at least in your fourties and are a woman :)”Stefanie Hammond wrote this review Wednesday, June 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After hearing a lot of buzz about this book I decided to check it out. While Anna Quindlen is most definitely a gifted writer I felt that the content was lost on me (perhaps 30 is too young). Also, by the end of the book I felt I was re-reading the first half...”Jenna R wrote this review Wednesday, May 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The writing is absolutely beautiful, but I thought the content got redundant by the end.”Rachel J wrote this review Tuesday, April 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well written but just not for me.”Sally B wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It’s odd when I think of the arc of my life, from child to young woman to aging adult. First I was who I was. Then I didn’t know who I was. Then I invented someone, and became her. Then I began to like what I’d invented. And finally I was what I was again. ”crispin wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book Club read. ”Fidd wrote this review Thursday, March 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Quindlen, Anna. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. Books on Tape. Narr. Anna Quindlen. 2012. Overdrive. Web. 15 February 2013. Bibliomation.lib.com.
Summary: I have been reading Anna Quindlen since she had a weekly column in the New York Times during the 1980’s. I have always related to her “baby boomness”. She reeled me in with talk about trying to balance a family and work. Let me just say that with Lots of Candles and Plenty of Cake she had me both laughing and tearing. Although I enjoyed this collection of essays immensely, I felt a bit of guilt throughout the book. She is telling the reader to basically enjoy getting older. She enjoys her grown (very intelligent and independent) children as well as both her house in the country and her apartment in the city. Reading this book was a real guilty pleasure. In order to relate to her essays the reader is probably growing older in financial comfort. Those who can relate comfortably to this book of essays probably do not lose sleep because their children, who have emotional or learning issues, will be living with the them for the rest of his or her life. Don’t get me wrong. I really did enjoy this book intended for baby boomers. I just could not stop thinking that Anna Quindlen writes about her wonderful life and about how one eases into growing older because she is a successful writer whose husband is a very successful attorney. I do recommend this book to other women of the baby boom generation. There really is something for every one of them in this collection of essays.
Ridiculously Simple Synopsis: Collection of essays about growing older.
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: memoir, autobiography”