Throwback Thursday

Thursday, November 19, 2009

**For those of you who do Throwback Thursday, if you could, please re-save the image you use as I have updated them with my new url. Thanks!!**

Throwback Thursday – this is a weekly event hosted by me! It is the time each week to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take an icon and use it on your blog!

This week's throwback is: (following the theme of yesterday's WoW book....)

A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

"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.

I looooved this book when it came out. I thought it was so inspirational. I have given this book as a gift to some of my close friends and family because it meant a lot to me and hoped it would to them too. Now I don't even remember it though, lol. I should pull it off the shelf and read it. (It's real quick). I thought this would be a good throwback considering I used The Happiness Project as yesterday's Waiting on Wednesday post.


Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I remember this one when it came out. The bookstore I was working at could not keep it in stock. it was such a great recommend for a gift, so inspirational.

Linda Ellen said...

Nice throwback. I know you've already visited my post, but I have yet to provide the link. Here it is. =)

Um ... I don't know about you, but I find blue lettering in contrast to your new background a little hard to read. I don't know how your other readers feel. =/ I just thought I'd let you know. =)

Linda Ellen said...

Oh, I probably should have been more specific; it's the blue from the "from Amazon" part. The navy blue is fine. =) But anyway, that's just me. Perhaps others feel differently.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

You know, I must have completely overlooked this one. When did it come out?

I love Anna Quindlen's books and will read anything of hers that I can get my hands on.

Jenny said...

Michelle -- I love how you have all that "behind the scenes" info, haha. I never knew anyone else who knew of the book. Maybe it was my young crowd, haha

Linda -- oh thanks for letting me know! I realized I hadn't been taking the new background into account when choosing the color.

Laurel -- it was back in 2000. It's not a full book or anything, it's just short but inspirational.

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