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Little Big Book Of Life Hardcover – April 1, 2003

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Natasha Tabori Fried is Managing Editor of Welcome Enterprises. She has co-edited The Little Big Book of Love (William Morrow), The Little Big Book Of Chills & Thrills, and The Little Big Book Of America (both Welcome Books)
Lena Tabori is the publisher of Welcome Enterprises and has conceived and edited numerous books including Love: A Celebration in Art and Literature (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), The Little Big Book for Dads, The Little Big Book for Moms, The Little Big Book of Pregnancy (all three Welcome Books) and The Little Big Book Of Christmas (William Morrow).

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Product Details

  • Series: Little Big Books (Welcome)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941807827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941807821
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LENA TABORI is the founder of Welcome Enterprises and is currently Welcome's CEO and the Publisher of Welcome Books, the imprint under which the company publishes illustrated books.

She began her career in 1967 at Harry N. Abrams, leaving there is 1980 as their first female vice president (VP, Marketing and Special Sales). It was also the place she began her own editorial book development. At Abrams, she developed and edited MASAAI, by photographer Carol Beckwith, as well as putting together the NORMAN ROCKWELL'S CHRISTMAS BOOK. She also created a gift line called Abrams Artpapers and was responsible for organizing the hugely successful licensing program for GNOMES, a book which sold close to two million copies.

She left to create Welcome Enterprises as well as to co-found Stewart, Tabori & Chang, the illustrated book publisher (where she only remained until 1982). From 1982 to 1990, she largely devoted herself to creating books at Welcome and selling them to publishers, including Judith Levy's best-selling GRANDMOTHER REMEMBERS (Stewart, Tabori & Chang); the award-winning GLORIOUS AMERICAN FOOD by Christopher Idone (Random House); and LOVE: A CELEBRATION IN ART AND LITERATURE, which she co-edited with Jane Lahr (STC). She also produced for television an animated special for ABC television, Ziggy's Gift, based on the Tom Wilson cartoon character and directed by Richard Williams. For her role as producer and executive producer of Ziggy's Gift, she was awarded an Emmy in 1983.

In 1987, Welcome began packaging books for Turner Broadcasting and she was closely involved in the development of their publishing division, for which she negotiated a distribution deal with Andrews McMeel in 1989. For Turner, she personally conceived edited and produced Kisses and MGM: When the Lion Roars which was written by Peter Hay.

In 1991, Lena moved to San Francisco to become president and publisher of CollinsPublishersSanFrancisco. During the year and a half she spent there, Lena created fifty new titles, including A DAY IN THE LIFE OF HOLLYWOOD. In 1993, she returned to Stewart, Tabori & Chang as their president and publisher. During the next four years, she published more than 200 new titles; created a gift line of calendars, journals, and albums; and more than doubled STC's revenues, making it once again one of the most significant illustrated book publishers in the United States.

In 1997, Lena returned to Welcome full-time and she and her partner Clark Wakabayashi made Welcome Books their official publishing imprint. In 2005, she arranged for Welcome Books to be distributed by Random House. She also co-created the first two titles in the successful LITTLE BIG BOOK series: THE LITTLE BIG BOOK OF CHRISTMAS (with Alice Wong) and THE LITTLE BIG BOOK OF LOVE (with Natasha Fried), which were both published by William Morrow. Since then, Lena has been the co-editor of many of the subsequent LITTLE BIG BOOKS, including MOMS and DADS, all published by Welcome Books. There are now a total of 27, only a few of which are out of print.

A native of Sweden, Lena lives in East Hampton and New York with Frank Rehor. She has two daughters, Natasha and Katrina, both of whom left television careers to become partners at Welcome Books.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By bguy on May 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you like quotes or short essays about how to live your life, what's important in life, and what is funny about being human, this is a great choice. There is a lot of good material here, including graduation speeches, poems and song lyrics. There are a lot of books similar to this for sale, but this one does an exceptionally good job of finding really worthwhile items to inspire even cynics. And the illustrations are good, too. This would be a good buy for a quotation enthusiast or for a young person (maybe a graduate) who needs a boost of optimism and wisdom. And none of it is too heavy--there is much humor here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy on July 22, 2008
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I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this book. The stock photo doesn't do it justice. I posted some better pictures of it to give you an idea.

This book is made of a thick hardcover, with thick, full-color pages. I did not read it (I bought it is a gift for someone else) but I skimmed through and saw that there are pages inspired by Hamlet, Mark Twain, Yeats, Charles Lindbergh, Walt Disney, Woody Allen, Chris Rock, Ellen Degeneres, Bill Cosby....way too many to name. There is a beautiful letter in it written by James Baldwin to his nephew on the subject of overcoming racism with understanding, and even love. It has a little bit about Feng Shui, motorcycle maintenance, an entry from Anne Frank's diary, how to journal and the lyrics to "I will survive" (just to name a few). I saw one poem to "God", and maybe one or two other things from the bible, but the book in no way has a religious theme. There is even a piece about spirituality that explains that it does not have to be religious at all.

Pretty much anyone could find something they can use or be inspired by in this book. I have seen many of these kinds of books in gift stores and this one seems to be much more charming, practical, smart, humorous and well thought out than any others I have seen. It's just a nice eclectic mix of ideas, thoughts, advice, letters, quotes and short stories...perfect for a person at a crossroads in their life who is still trying to find themselves. Yes, you could "Google" any of these topics and find information on them, but the beauty of a book like this is that the ideas and information can find you, rather than the other way around. That can be a very good thing.

This book would make a lovely gift for a graduate or ANYONE of any age who is going through a confusing time or who just enjoys contemplating themselves and their life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By caris on July 8, 2006
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I thought this book was great - i bought it for my friend's college graduation, and was a bit worried before it arrived that it might be more the reading enjoyment level of a high-school student, but it has all sorts of writings, excerpts from the classics, historical speeches, poems, etc. and all are inspiring no matter what stage of life you may be in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By breadbaker and artist on October 29, 2007
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I love this little book and have purchased many copies for friends and family members. If you need a thought to get you through a tough time, it may well be here. Think your problem unique? Chances are it is covered in this book. Want to smile? Lots to smile about in this little book. Five stars aren't nearly enough for this book. Not only is it wise and funny and helpful, it is beautiful to boot.

I have a copy in my shopping cart right now and will purchase it and send it to a close friend for her birthday.
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17 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Angie on January 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was dismayed to find this particular "Little Big Book.........." contained some really offensive foul language from Whoppi Goldberg and Chris Rock. It was not needed to make their points! I suggest you send them both dictionaries to help express themselves more kindly in a book that young children will read (or be read to). The rest of the book lived up to the fine standards of the other books in this series.
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