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Book review: 'Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake' details good life
Book review: 'Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake' details good life

It says "memoir" on the jacket of this book, and this time, it's true. Anna Quindlen has been the diarist of baby boomers, and women boomers especially, since she began writing at the age of 18 for the New York Times, where her columns won a Pulitzer Prize and whence she launched a second career as author and novelist. Quindlen helps to tidy up the word "memoir" from the grime it acquired at the hands of "memoirists" like James Frey and Margaret Seltzer, the word winding up in that fantasist's dictionary where the definition of "memoir" is "stuff I just make up." "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake'' is certainly...

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