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If I'd Known Then: Women in Their 20s and 30s Write Letters to Their Younger Selves (What I Know Now) Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 21, 2008
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“Younger women will be inspired by the advice, but women of all ages will love the fascinating insights into some truly remarkable lives”
“Advice applies to everyday, ordinary women--at any stage of life”
“With candid discussions of body image, alcoholism, death, insecurity and trying to succeed in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances, this is a great conversation starter for girls.”
More About the Author
She is the author of What I Know Now About Success, published in the spring of 2010 and If I'd Known Then: Women In Their 20s and 30s Write Letters to Their Younger Selves, published by Da Capo Press in May 2008. Previously she authored What I Know Now: Letters To My Younger Self, a New York Times bestseller and Books For A Better Life finalist, published in April 2006.
Previously she was a columnist at The New York Times, writing Love & Money for the Sunday business section, and Editor-At-Large at Fortune Small Business. She also was Vice President of Editorial Development at Oxygen Media and a contributing editor to Newsweek. While at Newsweek, she won the National Press Club's Consumer Journalism Award in 1997 and the Clarion Award in 1998.
Spragins has been an editor at Smart Money, BusinessWeek and Inc., and a reporter at Forbes. Her articles have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Working Woman, Bloomberg Personal, Worth, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Ladies Home Journal and Town & Country. She has also made numerous television and radio appearances.
Spragins graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English and economics from Barnard College, which awarded her the Estelle M. Allison Prize for Excellence in Literature. She lives with her husband, John Witty, and two children in Pennington, New Jersey.
Learn more at www.letterstomyyoungerself.com.
Top Customer Reviews
It's not about the book, but about what you do with it. And since you'll get out of it what you put into it, I suggest you take the author quite literally and encourage the young women in your life to write a letter to themselves. They'll wish they had and be glad they did.
Readers will recognize many of the writers as well as receive introductions to remarkable women they may not have heard of before. The letters are all heartfelt, with the authors talking directly to the young girls they once were. It's a wonderful reminder that no matter how famous or wealthy or popular someone is, we all share many of the same insecurities, doubts, fears and self-imposed limitations.
This book is part of the What I Know Now series, and I think it's a great addition for younger readers. I was particularly struck by the story of Mindy Lam, who was labeled an unlucky child when she was born in China and treated harshly during her childhood. She overcame incredible hurdles to come to this country, learn to speak English and find a way to support herself before stumbling upon an idea for creating jewelry that has made her successful beyond her imagining. All the stories are inspiring.
Moms in a mother-daughter book club can write letters to their younger selves as a meeting activity to inspire discussion. And girls could also think about issues they're dealing with now that they may see differently in a few years.
I believe girls in 8th grade and up would enjoy reading If I'd Known Then.
As a mother of girl who is about to be a teenager, I look forward to sharing this book with my daughter- in the hope that the sense of perspective these woman have on those years will help her grow up strong and happy.
Excellent read for men or women of any age!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just ordered this book about 4 days ago, came pretty fast. love it i anly ready the first few pages but i know once i finish it i will have a beter idea on life. Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by Retrogal123
What a shame. Only one woman (McKellar) representing *any* of the STEM professions between this book and the "letters to my younger self" version. Read morePublished on December 7, 2011 by msquared6
Not as good as I was expecting, kind of boring actually. It only took me one evening to read... You'll get a gem or two out of this book, but otherwise, the "letters to myself" are... Read morePublished on March 12, 2011 by Sofia B
I bought the book for my 13 year old daughter who was having a hard time in her sport. She read the letters from athletes first then said she also enjoyed reading all the other... Read morePublished on December 28, 2010 by E. Grishaw
A friend added a blog posting "letters to my younger self", which was a beautiful and genuine reflection on how far she's come in her life. Read morePublished on August 8, 2010 by Cheryl Harris
This was a gift. However I did read snippits. Very iteresting how one sees a different view of their live, in just years. I HIGHLY SUGGEST this book for a 20 to 30 year old.Published on March 17, 2010 by Maria Eisenhour