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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake (Random House Large Print) Paperback – Large Print, April 24, 2012
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Praise for Anna Quindlen
“A reporter by training, a storyteller at heart, [Quindlen’s] writing is personal, humorous, and thought-provoking.”—The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Quindlen is an astonishingly graceful writer.”—San Francisco Examiner
“Thank goodness for Anna Quindlen. [She] is smart. And compassionate. And witty. And wise.”—Detroit Free-Press
“[Quindlen is] America’s resident sane person.”—The New York Times
About the Author
Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear. She is the author of six novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, and Every Last One.
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Anna's gratitude is the common ingredient that ties together these ruminations of an aging feminist baby boomer. She seems amazed, even somewhat astonished, at how fortunate she has been. She has reached an age where she can look back and recognize the combination of ambition and serendipity that allowed her to "have it all" in terms of marriage, motherhood, career, and friendship.
These essays will of course have the most appeal for those in Quindlen's age range whose life paths have somewhat paralleled hers. But if you've read her work before, you know she always shares observations and wisdom that are universally relevant. I like her spunk. I like her honesty. Most of all, I like the way she always manages to say the things I feel but cannot put into words. I recommend the book for all connoisseurs of life.
I related to her more when she and I were busy young mothers ("Living Out Loud" is still my favorite). When I first read about her own mother's early death, I was deeply moved. Of course, this is one of Quindlen's defining stories, but we've all read it several times in her other non-fiction books.
The most interesting essay in this collection was the one about losing her religion. This piece took courage to write, and I imagine she is already taking the heat from devout Catholics. The book is worth a read, especially if you're a Quindlen fan, but it's not her best yet.
I may be a bit too young for this book as I am only 50 and not yet at the age (60) where Quindlen is writing. I wonder if some of these chapters started off as essays elsewhere. Perhaps that would explain 1) why many of them seem to go on too long (I always loved Quindlen's Newsweek columns, but there she was limited to one page) and 2) why there is a lot of repetition of themes throughout the book. (She keeps arguing points she has already argued).
If you are a woman who lived through entering the workforce (or not entering it) in the 70s or 80s and dealt with trying to "have it all," you will most likely enjoy this book. As someone a bit younger, a lot of it seemed obvious and labored to me. There are some very moving passages and chapters (the one about how losing your mother early in life changes you - well, I was blubbering), but I would recommend borrowing it from the library first rather than committing to a purchase.
As a side note, I've been reading all of Nora Ephron essays I can get my hands on and while hers, on the surface, don't appear as deep, I think in the end they really are...and are so much better crafted.
All that said, she is still a good writer. Her works are compelling reads, even if you cannot relate to what she is writing about. But please, Ms. Quindlen, don't pretend to be one of us who are really in the trenches of life and have to muddle through without all the privileges your well-earned riches can afford.
Unlike her novels, I find this book to be a yawn and not worthy of her talents. Could it be she was looking for a way to recycle her previous columns or unwritten essays?