If you could send a letter back through time to your younger self, what would the letter say In this moving collection, forty one famous women write letters to the women they once were, filled with advice and insights they wish they had had when they were younger Today show correspondent Ann Curry writes to herself as a rookie reporter in her first job, telling herself noIf you could send a letter back through time to your younger self, what would the letter say In this moving collection, forty one famous women write letters to the women they once were, filled with advice and insights they wish they had had when they were younger Today show correspondent Ann Curry writes to herself as a rookie reporter in her first job, telling herself not to change so much to fit in, urging her young self, It is time to be bold about who you really are Country music superstar Lee Ann Womack reflects on the stressed out year spent recording her first album and encourages her younger self to enjoy the moment, not just the end result Your hair matters far, far less than you think, is the wry advice that begins the letter bestselling mystery writer Lisa Scottoline pens to her twenty year old self And Maya Angelou, leaving home at seventeen with a newborn baby in her arms, assures herself she will succeed on her own, even if she does return home every now and then.These remarkable women are joined by Madeleine Albright, Queen Noor of Jordan, Cokie Roberts, Naomi Wolf, Eileen Fisher, Jane Kaczmarek, Olympia Dukakis, Macy Gray, and many others Their letters contain rare glimpses into the personal lives of extraordinary women and powerful wisdom that readers will treasure.Wisdom from What I Know Now Don t let anybody raise you You ve been raised Maya Angelou Try things Cross lines Breena Clarke Learn how to celebrate Olympia Dukakis You don t have to be afraid of living alone Eileen Fisher Please yourself first everything else follows Macy Gray Don t be so quick to dismiss another human being Barbara Boxer Work should not be work Mary Matalin You can leave the work world and come back on your own terms Cokie Roberts Laundry will wait very patiently Nora Roberts Your hair matters far, far less than you think Lisa Scottoline Speak the truth but ride a fast horse Kitty Kelley
What I Know Now Letters to My Younger Self If you could send a letter back through time to your younger self what would the letter say In this moving collection forty one famous women write letters to the women they once were filled with ad
I agree with many that the letters are not super profound for the most part Many are sort of boring and self indulgent I remember being very moved by the woman who could not get pregnant and adopted children One thing that I thought was interesting was that many of the women wanted to tell themselves how to get through a harder time quicker when in reality it seems as if the long struggle made them who they are today Also, due to the current wealth of many of the women I felt that their advice w [...]
Very inspiring I really enjoyed this book The description reads Extraordinary Women Share the Wisdom They Wish They d Had When They Were Younger The amazing part is that although the women are amazinge struggles they face are ordinary just the same as I and others face So, I really enjoyed reading their perspective and advice to themselves Here is a portion from Cokie Roberts letter to herself when she was a young mother Dear Cokie, Being the mother of two tiny kids frazzles you because the utte [...]
Kind of a disappointmentrtially my fault though I had this on my PBS wishlist for quite awhile so I was happy for it to finally arrive a couple of days ago It wasn t what I expected I thought it was memoiruldn t see the tiny print that listed the contributors in the thumbnail but I figured it would still be interesting There are a lot of admirable women who have done some extraordinary things I found that by the end of the book though, I liked most of them a lot less The book just felt like a co [...]
This book was interesting in that it makes you ask yourself what you would tell your younger self at some critical time in your life What knowledge do you have now that you wish you had then What s interesting is most often the advice was not anything concrete like, Don t marry that guy, or Go ahead and move to California It was like, stop wasting so much time trying to please other people Take the time to enjoy your success Or for some of the women who lost loved ones too soon spend as much ti [...]
I was quite hoping to be one of the many younger selves in this book The book itself was a great read you meet so many people you have heard of before, and other not so in the newspapers everday people It was an inspirational read on a slightly deeper level for me, however I failed to identify with anyone person included in the book I was hoping to find out I was like a young Cokie Roberts or Maya Angelou, that we have the same potential, and that their words might help guide me But, I m not pus [...]
oh no apparently what I wrote as a review didn t come throughanks Kelly for pointing it out.Anyway, I thought there would be depth to this, but it really is just a series of letters written to a woman s younger self Reading Vana White s letter telling herself it d be a bad idea to get photographs taken in transparent underwear wasn t a piece of advice I could user wanted to know I think this was a missed opportunity to show that hindsight can lead to wisdom, not just regrets.Plus, for a book th [...]
This was given to me as a gift by a very good friend I can see why she gave it to me There s a fierce independence underlying these letters, and I love the concept That said, I found the whole thing kind of self indulgentwhich I guess is what you d expect when you ask people to write letters to their younger selves to be published It s just that a lot of the letters FELT like they were written for other people to read, not their younger selves I ended up skimming a lot of them.The most enjoyable [...]
The good news is that this book only takes about an hour to read The bad news is that I spent an hour reading this book I liked the idea of the book, but it just did not have much substance Given the chance, I d rate it at 1.5 stars The letters all had similar tones and read like a high school commencement address Be true to yourself The best is yet to come Be kind to others and do not judge too quickly The paragraphs introducing each woman were somewhat interesting However, they were poorly wri [...]
I loved this little simple book filled with so many wise words from so many wise women I think Cokie Roberts was my favorite, her words on motherhood And then maybe Barbara Boxer, and her words about how she needed to be open to other peoples opinions lol I could use a bit of that myself I would recommend this to anyone needing to know that they aren t alone with their own worries and insecurities That so many seemingly perfectly wise, strong, inspirational women have gone through a lot and hav [...]
I like the idea, but I wish that the letters would have been longer and involved I would have been interested in reading similar letters written by real, average women instead of Successful Women We re Supposed To Emulate It seemed like it was written for suburban soccer moms in need of inspiration.
Words cannot describe how I felt after reading this book My good friend Allison gave this to me and I read it coming home on the plane I experienced laughter, tears and an awareness that I need time to reflect on how far I have come and be grateful for what I have now which is way than what I had back when I was 23.
My lovely friend, Cathy, and I went to see her and were lucky enough to buy signed copies of both of her books Three brave women wrote and read letters to themselves Wonderful, reassuring, hopeful reading.
A little sappy and overly sentimental at times, but for the most part it was a sweet and endearing book Great concept.
My word Thank you ladies for the wisdom, words, experience and lives you have shared.
Easy read Nightime or morning quick read Short individual stories from each woman Loved it
I like the idea of the book than the application.However there was something off to me about the tone of a lot of the letters The writers were generally giving their past selves advice, which felt very strange as they have no power over the past so it felt lecture y and almost judgmental It think I would have preferable if the writers tried it focus on how their past shaped them made them better strong etc Esther then rather then basically telling off their younger self
The premise of writing to a younger self is interesting Which younger self do you write to And of course you know better now or else you wouldn t be writing I didn t find fresh interesting letters I found predictable ones.
I wanted to read this as I m going through a hard time in my life It was very nice to read what women say to themselves during trying times It s an easy read I liked it I ll probably pick it up again from time to time and read a random letter to find encouragement.
You ll be amazed by what extraordinary insights ordinary women come up with.
Great short read of interesting biographies.
Wonderful Such lovely feminine sentiment.
Nice concept but not very insightful.
What I Know Now Letters to My Younger Self is a great, quick read Fascinating women share their wisdom that comes with time, life and success What surprised and delighted me most was the humor, love and kindness these women have for their younger selves as they stumbled through a previous life crisis Not surprisingly, balance and trust in self are the central messages of the letters I particularly loved Roz Chast s letter to her neuroses plagued nine year old self, opening line, You are not goin [...]
This is wonderful compilation of letters gathered by a woman who lost her Mom There is something about loosing a parent, certainly a Mother that leaves an empty space I find myself wishing to talk with my Mom about everything from how I m doing as This is wonderful compilation of letters gathered by a woman who lost her Mom There is something about loosing a parent, certainly a Mother that leaves an empty space I find myself wishing to talk with my Mom about everything from how I m doing as a mo [...]
It was good but I think I was hoping for Maybe I was looking for them to somehow impart some wisdom to me It occurred to me as I read them that when we go back to write to our younger self, it s kinda hard to tell yourself to do anything differente you already know the outcomed most of us become ok with the outcome simply because that s what made us the way we are When I got to the very end and read the author s remarks, the book kinda grew on me The thing I really liked, though, was that readi [...]
I picked this book to read at first because I thought it would be inspiring and the book was exactly like I thought It was intriguing and uplifting All of the famous womens stories were all different and some were good or sad, but they all meant something This book was very detailed and and kept my attention Each individual famous woman had their own story and were not afraid to share it The author gave some background information about their story and then the famous woman would write a letter [...]
I have no idea where this book came from I don t remember receiving it as a gift, and I don t remember buying it But I found it on the bookshelf in my guest room, and after deciding to give it a try, decided that it was fate when I read the introduction I sought the insights of these remakrable women for a very simple reason I miss my mother She died in a plane crash when I was thirty two This was the first tragedy that ever befell my fortunate fmaily and it seemed like an astonishing, theatrica [...]
A gift from my mother, this was It was a cutesy little compilation of letters of extraordinary women to their younger selves For each woman, there was a 1 2 page bio accompanied by the 1 2 paragraph letter a little scant, and info would have been appreciated.I particularly liked the bit on my childhood idol gymnast Shannon Miller Her letter is exactly how I imagined her life would be extremely rewarding in her gymnastic greatness, but hampered by her instilled need to please so that when her gy [...]
Bleh A book club selection that I just couldn t sink my teeth into It was a hard book to stomach for a person who doesn t really believe in regrets Most of the letters were too personal for me to take seriously as advice for my own life There really wasn t one woman featured that I was interested in, either, maybe because it s 8 years old I did enjoy Barbara Boxer s section where she instructs us to not judge others and discussed how spending energy denouncing others for their differing beliefs [...]
I felt like there was a lot of potential with this book, not all of which was actualized While it was great to hear many incredibly successful women some with celebrity status share such down to earth stories about themselves and their pasts, I felt the book was on the whole shallower than it could have been The letters and each woman s section are so short that you don t truly get to know any of them well Also, though many of the women might have interesting things to say, few of them are decen [...]