kindle What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger SelfAuthor Ellyn Spragins –

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 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 Shewill Succeed On Her Own, Even If She Does Return Home Every Now And ThenThese 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 TreasureWisdom 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

10 thoughts on “What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self

  1. says:

    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 was good in theory and less so in practice For example, many go on about staying home with family and children instead of working being the best choice they made when in reality many people don t have that as an option Quite easy to follow your passion when you re an heiress .

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    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 amazingthe 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 utterly banal is, somehow, profoundly important Nothing could be mindless than wiping noses and pouring apple juiceFor so much to hinge on so little is brain numbing.Your kids, like all kids, are a pain in the neck sometimesInstead of childish misbehavior, their transgressions seems like terrible reflections of you as a motherThere will be compensation Your children will grow up to be charming and caring people who produce adorable grandchildrenYour willful son will someday hae an extremely willful daughterAnd guess who will have the patience for all of that and You Hang in there Love, Cokie I really enjoyed their insights and found it all quite inspiring

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    Kind of a disappointmentpartially 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 memoircouldn 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 collection of self congratulatory letters We know they all eventually overcome obstacles to achieve their successes but to write Monday morning quarterback letters to encourage themselves to persevere just feels disingenuous and forced to me I think a collection of letters from regular, ordinary people who have achieved success at a attainable level would have been interesting.

  4. says:

    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 part of the book were the bios that preceded each letter I loved learning a bit about all of these women.

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    oh no apparently what I wrote as a review didn t come throughthanks 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 usenor 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 that is only a few years old, the people chosen seemed dated the Shaggy Chic lady, Heather Mills McCartney, Picabo Street, etc.

  6. says:

    What I Know Now is a collection of letters from prominent women, addressed to their younger selves at different stages of their lives The letters cover, among other things, topics like professional success, imposter syndrome, motherhood, personal tragedies and failures, dating advice, financial advice et al.While the concept in itself was intriguing, I found the letters somewhat lacking All the letters are very short Barely a page and a half Thus, despite the intention, they come across as generic and template y Unless one has been through the same specific situation as mentioned in the letter, it is hard to relate to it, given the short length Further, there are many overlapping themes in the different letters, which isn t a criticism as such, but it does read as repetitive Thus, despite boasting of 30 letters from brilliant women, I doubt I will take away much except a nugget or two from a letter here and there.If you re travelling and want a light read, then I would recommend it Otherwise, you may skip it.

  7. says:

    Such an interesting idea to write a letter to our younger self I think almost every letter I read had a nugget of wisdom that caused reflection A few of my favorites were 1 You only know what you know of life at any given point 2 Protest against the rising tide of conformity 3 try things, cross lines, you should be cooking on all four burners 4 The universe is like a pension plan, it will match your investment 5 Sometimes nothing is better than just anything And many .

  8. says:

    Absolutely loved this book When I took it up, I didn t realize it will be so interesting and insightful And all through the book I was wondering what kind of letter would I write to my younger self, and what age would I even choose.This book inspires you and encourages you by giving you a wonderful sneak peek into the thought process of these 41 successful women when they were struggling with their lives, just like you and me A must read for everyone.

  9. says:

    No new insight, no profound effects but i learnt that small things to us might mean a world to somebody else.

  10. says:

    A nice idea, but the execution didn t resonate much with me I wasn t familiar with a lot of these authors and I didn t find their letters to be particularly compelling in any special way.