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By Connie Schultz

From the 2005 Pulitzer Prize—winning columnist Connie Schultz comes clean, shrewdpermanent, insightful observation on existence at the present time: love, politics, social matters, relatives, and masses, even more. within the culture of Anna Quindlen, Molly Ivins, and Erma Bombeck, yet with a particular voice and sensibility all her personal, Connie Schultz comes out of the heartland of the US to get you seeing, feeling, and considering extra deeply in regards to the lives we lead today.

“You may possibly spot a person you recognize within the tales here,” writes Connie. “Maybe you’ll even discover a glimpse of your self. definite, each one folks is exclusive, yet existence occurs in ways in which bind us like Gorilla Glue.” In existence occurs, Connie stocks sharp, passionate observations, successful our hearts with own concepts on a variety of issues, from discovering love in heart age to the which means in the back of her father’s lunch pail, from unmarried motherhood, to who particularly will get the information you allow and why because the warfare in Iraq, race kin, homosexual marriage, and wwhy girls
don’t vote. In a extra funny vein, Connie stocks her mother’s suggestion on males (“Don’t marry him until eventually you notice how he treats the waitress”) and warns males far and wide opposed to utilizing the scary f-word (it’s now not the single you think). alongside the best way, Connie introduces us to the heroic those who populate our international and indicates us how only one individual could make a difference.

Charming, provocative, humorous, and perceptive, existence occurs supplies us, for the 1st time, Connie Schultz’s celebrated observation in a single impossible to resist quantity. lifestyles occurs demanding situations us to be extra open and alive to others and to the area round us.

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