“Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake - a memoir by Anna Quindlen
Audio / 6 CDs/ about 7 hours
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Really enjoyed this memoir by Quindlen. She looks at her life as it is at about 60, does some reflecting on the past (family, career as a writer, her feminist views, etc.) and how she sees these things now and looking forward. There is a great quote where she says that you are dealt a deck of cards in life and at one point you reach the end of the deck. She is very matter-of-fact in her presentation and so full of humor. She also lends some commentary on our society and how it views aging and "retirement" and parenthood. Just really enjoyed. I could identify with so much about how your views on subjects grow and develop with age - to look at something through the eyes of a 20 year old and again as a 50 year old. The only section I found tedious was the faith section - she claims herself to be a "cultural Catholic" and as she has gotten older I think she has doubts about what she believes regarding God, afterlife, etc. It was funny to me that she is such an intelligent, articulate and passionate woman on other subjects and yet seems perfectly comfortable with where she is spiritually. She has many things she doesn't believe about Catholicism but clings to the comfort of being Catholic like being Italian or jewish or something. I never have understood why someone who doesn't share the Church's beliefs and teachings would want to remain a Catholic. I am only 44 so maybe I am premature in coming to any conclusions but as I age I want to be more and more grounded in my faith. I am a Catholic - not a "Cultural" one, but a Catholic that tries to live my faith everyday and I want more and more to know why I believe what I do and have it be an active part of my everyday life - a growing relationship with God. But, I must remember, it is a memoir and it is good to hear people and just listen and just understand where they are at, where they are coming from.
Good read. Recommend for anyone (especially women) over 40 to fully appreciate. I liked her presentation - all her. You get Anna Quindlen, accent and all and it was nice to hear her read her own story.”