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Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self

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andlt;bandgt; andlt;bandgt;INTRODUCTIONandlt;/bandgt; andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;At age sixteen, I did a lot of staring out of windowsand#8212;filled with terror, worrying about who I was or what I was going to be. Was I good, clever, hip, decent, fun enough? Was the world going to end? (This was the 1980s, after all, and the cold war was no joke.) Was I going to make it? I wore a troubled brow.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;As we get older, some of our teenage intensity will ease, but when in the maelstrom, we donand#8217;t know that. When we are young, we so rarely take the advice of grown-ups, but would you have taken advice from someone like you? From your older self perhaps?andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;My family have always been letter writers, and pens have always been precious to me. My motherand#8217;s beautiful italicized script flowing from the left-handed gold nib of her Parker pen always struck me as the height of adult elegance. When, as a child, I would go away from home for any period, there would always be a long and comforting letter from her in my bag. And, of course, writing thank-you letters was as much a part of the holiday season as tinsel.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;A few years ago my partner showed me a heartbreaking letter that he had received from a troubled classmate while he was still at school. It made me want to send a hug back in time to say, and#8220;Youand#8217;re okay, youand#8217;re just fine.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;But in reality, of course, thatand#8217;s impossible. (Time-travel mailbox in development anyone?) Instead, the and#8220;Dear Meand#8221; letter was born. Writing my own letter to myself and hearing what this experience has meant to this bookand#8217;s generous contributors has proven to me that composing a letter to your younger self is a cathartic process. The act of addressing yourself with kindness and adult understanding can give you a better sense of who you are nowand#8212;for indeed, in many ways our childhood self is our parent. As Bob Dylan sang, and#8220;I was so much older then, Iand#8217;m younger than that now.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Reading this collection is to be rewarded with an intimate glimpse into the backgrounds and emotional makeup of a wonderfully varied group of fascinating people, without the filter of the usual interview process.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;I hope that you will smile, laugh, shed a tear, and take some comfort from these time-traveling missives and remember once again what it was like to be sixteen.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;Joseph Gallianoandlt;/iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;Londonandlt;BRandgt;June 19, 2011andlt;/iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#169; 2011 Joseph Galliano

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ISBN:
9781451649642
Author:
Galliano, Joseph
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2-C thru-out; 140 images (letters-photos
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , These nuggets of wisdom are offered by an Academy Awardand#8211;nominated actor (James Woods), a popular comedian (Aasif Mandvi), and a world-famous novelist (Jodi Picoult) to their sixteen-year-old selves. No matter how accomplished and confident they seem today, at sixteen, they were like the rest of usand#8212;often unsure, frequently confused, and usually in need of a little reassurance. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In Dear Me, 75 celebrities, writers, musicians, athletes, and actors have written letters to their younger selves that give words of comfort, warning, humor, and advice. These letters present intimate, moving, and witty insights into some of the worldand#8217;s most intriguing and admired individuals. By turns funny, surprising, raw, and uplifting, this singular collection captures the universal conditions that are youth, life, and growing up.
"Synopsis" by , A collection of letters written by a variety of well-known personalities to their 16-year old selves about things that they wish they had known then.
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