Synopses & Reviews
If you could send a letter back in time to yourself, what would it say? Following in the tradition of the bestselling What I Know Now™ comes a new collection that will speak directly to young women. Editor Ellyn Spragins asked women under forty to write letters to the girls they once were, filled with the advice and insights they wish theyd had when they were younger. Readers will recognize familiar names as well as meet new voices in these wonderfully candid missives, including: author Hope Edelman; actress Jessica Alba; Olympic soccer gold medalist Julia Foudy; activist Zainab Salbi; actress Danica McKellar; and author Plum Sykes. A perfect gift at graduation or for any important young woman in your life, If Id Known Then offers rare glimpses into the personal stories of extraordinary young women-and will inspire readers to live their best lives.
"Spragins's ingenious book is the rare self-help volume that young women would elect to read and decidedly enjoy. The author profiles 35 highly accomplished women and asks them to write a letter of counsel or encouragement addressed to their younger selves. The result is a collection of life directives that are highly personal and disarmingly honest. The contributors who include actress Jessica Alba, activist Zainab Salbi and comic book artist Ariel Schrag are stars in their own right, but their letters reveal that even winners have problems the same fears, concerns and shortcomings as anyone else. And in many cases they are still struggling which raises the question: how wise can women in their 20s and 30s (no matter how accomplished) be? Very, it turns out. These artists, athletes and entrepreneurs compassionately address bad relationships, bullies, eating disorders and crises of faith without ever sounding jaded or condescending. This book offers sound advice and is highly recommended for women just starting out." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Deseret News, 11/8/09
“Candid and sometimes surprising letters…It's hard not to relate to these letters on one level or another…Readers will leave If I'd Known Then inspired to look back on their own lives and write their own missive to themselves.”
In a new collection from the editor of the "New York Times" bestseller "What I Know Now," women under 40 write letters to the girls they had once been, that are filled with the advice and insights they wish they'd had when they were younger. 15 b&w photographs.
Powerful wisdom for young women, in a new collection from the editor of the New York Times bestseller What I Know Now™
Now in paperback, the popular second volume in the What I Know Now™ series offers wonderfully candid letters from women under forty, who give advice to the girls they once were. Readers will discover familiar names as well as new voices, including actress Jessica Alba; singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield; author Hope Edelman; Olympic soccer gold medalist Julie Foudy; singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb; and actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Here are stories of young love; of daring to chart a new path when everyone tells you to play it safe; of realizing that perfection is a pipe dream. The ideal gift for any young woman in your life, this collection provides a boost of hope that todays turmoil can foster tomorrows growth, success, and happiness” (Boston Globe).
About the Author
Ellyn Spragins, who wrote the Love and Money” column in the New York Times for three years, encourages women to share their wisdom through her What I Know Now™ series and seminars. She lives in Pennington, New Jersey with her family.