From Publishers Weekly
Realizing she needed to do serious work on her junk food/junk sex–littered lifestyle, Alter, a recently divorced thirty-seven-year old freelance writer, decided to spend each month of the coming year following the advice of a major women's magazine without question. She picked nine titles focusing on a how-to ethos more or less aligned with her own demographic: Elle
, Marie Claire
and Real Simple
. Each month she'd work on a particular damage zone—diet, social fears, clothes, relationship snafus, cooking, sex, etc.—and follow the advice of her chosen magazine as earnestly as possible. Meanwhile, she'd also begun dating a new guy, which brought up relationship challenges her magazine mentors loved to address—spicing up the sex, learning to cook instead of eating out and deciding if his birthday present meant a marriage proposal was imminent. While she ends up feeling positive about the self-improvement her magazine experiment has brought, she knows if she hadn't been ready and willing to change, all the advice in the world wouldn't have helped. In the end, fans of Bridget Jones will also enjoy Alter—she's funny and endearing. (July)
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"A funny, wise-crackey, addictively readable coming-of-maturity." -- Cathi Hanauer, author of Sweet Ruin and editor of The Bitch in the House
"Cathy Alter's Up for Renewal is witty and whimsical. You'll want to stay with her well-developed voice all the way to the end." -- Rachel Sontag, Author of House Rules
"You know that warm, relaxed, pleasurable feeling you get when cracking open the latest issue of your favorite magazine? That's what reading Cathy Alter's Up for Renewal is like. Prepare to not only have a great time but also to get truly inspired." -- Mandy Stadtmiller, "About Last Night" New York Post columnist
"A transformation sensation, witty and soulful." -- Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine and co-editor of Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs By Writers Famous & Obscure
"Up For Renewal is a charming, hilarious book that proves that it is possible to change your life in just one year. Using the improbable guide of women's magazines, Cathy Alter transforms her relationship, her job, her body, even the color of her living room. She got me laughing out loud, and also vowing to try her recipe for Mexican Chicken Soup." -- Gretchen Rubin, author of the blog, The Happiness Project, www.happiness-project.com
"Fans of Bridget Jones will also enjoy Alter - she's funny and endearing." -- Publishers Weekly