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What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self Paperback – April 1, 2008
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“What these letters offer . . . is hope—hope that those who read them will understand that there is a future where the road not taken is no longer regretted, and, in the end, the choices we make, make us who we are.” —Boston Globe
Top Customer Reviews
I suspect many of us -- men and women --have thought at times about "if only we could go back in time and help our younger selves not only cope with life, but chart a true course and make an impact."
The women in the book go to different times in their past life, but it is clear that they care for their earlier versions, no matter if there are some rough edges and mistakes.
Clothing designer and entrepreneur Eileen Fisher, 55, tells herself in her early twenties "You don't have to be afraid of living alone," in response to a troubling live-in relationship.
Author and poet Maya Angelou tells her younger self: "Don't let anyone raise you. You've been raised."
Country music star Lee Ann Womack finds her younger version stressed in recording her first album. She advises making a record to enjoy, rather than one just aimed at success.
I agree with other reviewers that the book is of interest to men and women alike. But I understand that Spragins may do a future book with letters from men. I can hardly wait.
Personally, I'd love to go back over 40 years to my teens and tell myself not to get so hooked on the Chicago Cubs. "Being a Cub fan will result in decades of disappointment," I'd tell that young man with a full head of hair, and so much idealism.
Enjoy the book!
This book is wonderful for young people who could use the sage advice of a mentor. It's great for people thinking about the changes they want to make in their life. It's also a good way to stimulate you to write your own letter.
After reading "Letters to My Younger Self" I wrote a letter to myself about what I wished I'd known 20 years ago. The experience was very helpfull. It allowed me to think about the past and contemplate the future in a way I hadn't before.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book, finished it quickly. The first half of the book contained the best content, by far. The latter half was so-so. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Faris Asfour
Awesome read, really makes you think about what you've learned in life.Published 7 months ago by adivel68
Very thought provoking! Excellent book club book. Our book club followed suit and each of us wrote a letter to our younger selves - it was very moving!Published 17 months ago by A. Jacques
Not as inspiring as I had hoped; but still working my way through.Published 18 months ago by sarah bartlett