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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (June 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767910044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767910040
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,967,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Like an episode of Sex and the City, Wright's memoir of her solo East Coast trek from Maine to Key West begins with and often revisits her personal romantic history, which includes flings with a wealthy Greenwich banker, a Nantucket waiter, a ski bum, a responsible veterinarian and a "dreamy writer." After ignoring a marriage proposal from a man who moved from Utah to New York City just to be with her, Wright decides that at the age of 33, she needs to "settle down" and make a decision about her future. By the time she reaches the New Jersey shore, she's sent home her marriage-minded man's dog and given up understanding her past relationships. Determined to live in the present and take whatever comes lightly, she drifts southward from town to town, encountering several men who offer her drinks, boat rides, fishing lessons, astrological readings, places to sleep, homespun wisdom and no trouble whatsoever. In Key West, a final epiphany arrives right on cue, revealing that Wright needs to let love happen, to stick with it through the wild waves just offshore to the calm, supportive deep beyond. However, this revelation comes off as a hollow device, as if Wright actually took the road trip only to write about it in her first book after 10 years as a newspaper reporter. While Wright is a deft wordsmith, she fails to deliver the satisfaction of any unusual or penetrating insight into love, relationships or life. (On sale June 11)
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Wright escapes the confusions of single life in New York by embarking on a journey from Maine to Key West, with a friend's dog in tow.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The author's journey of reminiscing while finding her way felt wonderfully familiar. As a woman the same age, I found myself feeling as though we had so much in common, yet wishing I could have put my own memories to paper the way that she has. Lili has a wonderful way of writing, a whimsical and lyric way of describing things.
Sprinkled through the book, every chapter or so, there is an account of a conversation with "Grampy" on the porch in Maine. I eagerly looked forward to each one, usually finding myself chuckling out loud at his probing questions and humorous insights.
I found myself looking forward to going a little way on Lili's adventure every night, after my kids were in bed. There is just enough sex to make it a definitely grown-up book, somewhat "Sex in the City"ish and very hip . A good read for those of us who have had our adventures, and have moved on, but still have fun reminiscing. This is a book to be slowly enjoyed and savoured.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hollywood on June 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There are times I see a book cover in the store and decide to take a chance, on rare occasions I am rewarded. This book is one of those occasions. There is a simple charm in the pacing of the book, Grampy on the dock and the fresh description of Key West,the author has a way of poking fun at herself, yet she still comes off as a charmer. The language and metaphors are at times very funny and other times very touching. Her tales of lost love and the lovers she has pushed away are told in a manner that even appeals to an over 50 male. I am glad to read the jacket and find out that she finally "settled down" with Peter. I look forward to her next effort.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When I picked up this book at a little bookstore at the beach, I was on a week-long vacation from a job I disliked and trying both to relax and to do some soul-searching. As Lili says, there are those people who have their personal lives in order and whose professional lives are a mess and those whose professional lives are in order but their personal lives are a mess. I had always lived in the second camp - but, at the time, I was facing chaos in my professional life and needed a break from reality.
From the moment I started reading "Learning to Float," I literally could not put it down. Lili speaks to readers like an old friend - airing her dirty laundry and taking us through the painful, yet liberating, process of trying to figure out what she needs to do to be happy.
"Learning to Float" is a deeply personal book. Yet, for others who are facing - or have ever faced - a time in life when we have to reassess our priorities and figure out what we need to do next, "Learning to Float" reassures us that we are not alone and provides inspiration that we, too, can find our way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on October 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
I started reading this book after I found it on the Barnes and Noble book club list. I just got done reading a very depressing book and I was in the mood for something light and happy and that is just what I found. Lili Wright has an awesome writting style that reminds me of one of my favorite shows, Sex and the City. Lili reveals her past relationship flaws and insecurities she has in order to find more about herlself and about love. She travels to all the places that she spent time with past flames and doing this she feels she will gain closure. This just creates more confussion and she realizes she needs to find out about herself and not about the past men in her life. I enjoyed this book but at times her life seemed a little too much like a soap opera. Read this book if your in the mood for a crazy romantic tale but I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who doesn't like a lot of drama. I would give this book 3 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill R Amstutz on October 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who has ever asked questions about the way they live their life, especially in relation to others, this is a book to explore. Following Lili Wright as she examines the world inside and outside herself, you can feel the learning and growing amid the struggling. As one who struggles while learning and growing, especially when looking at the world from the inside-out, I appreciated her honesty and candor about her experiences.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who has struggled to find, and hold on to, love (and who among us hasn't) this book is a great read. The author searches her soul (and psyche) and gives you her view from the drivers seat on the rollercoaster of love. The ups and downs of her love life are adventurous, sad, comical and utterly all to familiar.
She acknowledges her own shortcomings, as well as those of her suitors with grace and humor. We laugh with her as she flounders through her 20's and into her 30's. And ultimately Lili makes the journey we've all had to take. As she shares her experiences we can all see a little of ourselves in her travails. She's honest and funny. Read this book and recommend it to a friend who's also going through this struggle, they'll laugh, appreciate it and hopefully they'll be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I randomly plucked this book off a table at a beach book shop, more expectng a beach-blanket read, than something as profound and precise as this book was.
Not trite like many of its genre, the humanity and brutal nature of love was explored from a nostalgic vantage point as well as a dreamy "what if" one.
Anyone who has already devoured the Candace Bushnell books and moved onto the zillion other books on the agnst ridden journey for love by flawed 20 and 30 somethings....should move beyond that, and pick this one up. There is a real story, by a real woman in here.
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