Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

WOW! WOW! WOW! Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anna Quindlen. In addition to writing for The New York Times and Newsweek, she has written 6 novels and her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. Lucky me, while I was wandering through my favourite local bookstore my eyes spotted this beautiful red cover with her name on it. When I got closer and saw “a memoire” at the bottom I didn’t even bother to check out the inside, I just bought it. She’s that good! And it was way better than I expected. I challenge you to get through this book without becoming emotional. What she says, and especially how she says it, will give you goose-bumps. She writes about looking back and ahead in life, celebrating marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, and as the jacket says” all of the stuff in our closets and more”. She uses the past, present and future to explore what matters most to women at different stages of their lives. Essentially the book is about her life, but also, it is a tribute to all women – past, present and future. Buy 2 copies and give 1 away – to your daughter or daughter-in-law or even a friend. Every woman should read this book! 

I love it when I find a treasure like this all on my own, without any media input or recommendation from anyone. I even beat The Globe & Mail. They interviewed Anna a few days after I finished reading it.


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