Anna Quindlen is the author of five novels and seven non-fiction books, along with two children’s books. She has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, most notably The New York Times for 17 years. She created a column entitled Life in the 30’s that ran for 13 of those years. Anna was instrumental in bringing World Book Night to America this year. How can one woman be so prolific? Well she has and in this new book she gives us so much more to reflect on.
This is the first non fiction book I’ve read by Anna Quindlen, and to say I now have a girl crush on her is to belittle the love I have for her.
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is written and told in a serious of essays with varying topics, this book is how Anna shares growing up and growing older. She makes us all realize we are normal for feeling happy we lived, loved and survived and have made it to our 50’s…and going forward with more knowledge and humor can only get better.
Topics include The Stuff we have, Girlfriends, Generations, and more. Quindlen speaks from the heart.
I found myself reading and really understanding how the years I’ve lived have given me knowledge and power and so much more insight into my life and my thoughts on raising my children. There are too many great quotes from this book to share here, but here is one from the introduction, “Life In The Fifties”
Many of us have come to a surprising conclusion about this moment in our lives. No, it’s not that there are weird freckly spots on the back of our hands, although there are, or that construction guys don’t make smutty comments as we pass, although they don’t. It’s that we’ve done a pretty good job of becoming ourselves, and that this is, in so many ways, the time of our lives. As Carly Simon once sang, “These are the good old days.” Lots of candles, plenty of cake. I wouldn’t be twenty-five again on a bet, or even forty. And when I say this to a group of women at lunch, everyone around the table nods. Many of us find ourselves exhilarated, galvanized, at the very least older and wiser.
This book is so empowering, thoughts on raising children and aging parents, things I’m all to aware of.
I’ve given this book to my sister and mother, and they’ve loved it!! I wish I could afford to buy a copy for all my friends as this book is just so positive and lovely to read.
I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. Please visit Anna’s website to learn more about her.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Random House Publishing Group for providing me with an egalley of this book. This in no way impacted my review.