Things I Want My Daughters to Know: A Small Book About the Big Issues in Life
HarperCollins, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
lexandra Stoddard, author of
, dedicates this '
Small Book About the Big Issues in Life
' to her own daughters, whom she considers '
the most precious relationship life has provided.
' Telling us that '
Truth evolves and is relative, always discovered and rediscovered
', she offers insights to help daughters everywhere lead wise and happy lives.
hese sage life lessons begin with '
Find Work You Love That Supports You Financially
' and end with '
You Are Smarter and Wiser Than You Think
' and, the finale, '
When You've Made Your Point, Sit Down
'. Each begins and ends with a relevant quotation (such as Emerson's '
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood
', J. Edward Lumbard's '
Don't assume a damn thing
', and Maya Angelou's '
A day away acts as a spring tonic
'), and features a clear explanation and elaboration of the message. I especially like '
Friends are our escape from the confines of function and position
Promptness is a virtue
Every child is full of wisdom
Your happiness is up to you
', and '
Your soul is not for sale.
' But all the advice is sensible, intuitive, and positive.
don't have daughters, but if I did, I would give each one a copy of
Things I Want My Daughters to Know
, a small collection of big ideas, valuable insights, and priceless life lessons.
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