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A Short Guide to a Happy Life Hardcover – Illustrated, October 31, 2000

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"I'm not particularly qualified by profession or education to give advice and counsel," confesses author Anna Quindlen, as she begins this tender little instruction book. "It's widely known in a small circle that I make a mean tomato sauce, and I know many inventive ways to hold a baby while nursing, although I haven't had the opportunity to use any of them in years."

It is precisely this commonplace form of wisdom that make readers trust and respect Quindlen. She uses her candid, heart-to-heart narrative voice along with her novel-writer descriptive skills to show readers how good we have it: "Life is made up of moments, small pieces of mica in a long stretch of glittering gray cement." Later she urges readers to "Look at the fuzz on a baby's ear. Read in the backyard with the sun on your face." The format smacks of "gift book," with an abundance of pleasing, artsy photographs. Don't be ashamed to fall for the packaging, though. This is one of those books that could remain in the living room for years or in the family for generations. --Gail Hudson

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The beloved Newsweek columnist on how to get a life. Little as well as short. Ray Olson
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  • Item Weight : 5.5 ounces
  • Hardcover : 64 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0375504613
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0375504617
  • Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.42 x 7.17 inches
  • Publisher : Random House; Illustrated edition (October 31, 2000)
  • Language: : English
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