“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
If you go to your local library or visit your favorite book store and buy Anna Quinlan's book, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, you will agree with the first part of J.D. Salinger's quote and realize that as rare as it may happen, it happened after reading Ms. Quinlan's memoir. Talk about hitting the nail on the head.
The over fifty crowd will find this book resonates volumes and will feel like she must be living in your closet or under your bed or somewhere in the neighborhood. If you are under fifty, read it and see what we (the fifty plus audience) now realize and what we didn't understand when we were your age. Not a criticism but reality.
One of many quotes from her book: "Ask any woman how she makes it through the day, and she may mention her calendar, her to-do lists, her babysitter. But if you push her on how she really makes it through her day, she will mention her girlfriends. Sometimes I will see a photo of an actress in an unflattering dress or a blouse too young of her or with a heavy-handed makeup job, and I mutter, 'She must not have any girlfriends.'"
Go use this day to fall back an hour --a whole hour!--and spend it with a delicious book that you will devour. When you turn the last page, trust me, you will be completely mesmerized with her insight on life and living and wish she was your new terrific friend.
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