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Alice Hoffman

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18. Februar 2014
Survival Lessons provides a road map of how to reclaim your life from this day forward, with ways to reenvision everything-from relationships with friends and family to the way you see yourself. As Alice Hoffman says, "In many ways I wrote Survival Lessons to remind myself of the beauty of life, something that's all too easy to overlook during the crisis of illness or loss. I forgot that our lives are made up of equal parts of sorrow and joy, and that it is impossible to have one without the other. I wrote to remind myself that despite everything that was happening to me, there were still choices I could make." Wise, gentle, and wry, Alice Hoffman teaches all of us how to choose what matters most.


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In this gem of a book, Alice Hoffman acknowledges the sorrows of life, while reminding us of its joys. Survival Lessons is filled with love, insight, and lots of practical advice--including a crazy-good brownie recipe. I'll be sharing this book widely, but keeping one copy permanently on my nightstand for all the times I'll need its wisdom and warmth. Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club Full of smart intentions and kind reminders . . . Uplifting advice we ll gladly take. Better Homes & Gardens Very warm, humble, sometimes funny, infused with a spirit of optimism. The Jewish Week The book is not about her breast cancer per se but about making choices (each chapter is titled Choose ) that will improve readers lives and relationships and remind them 'of the beauty of life.' More than cancer sufferers will be glad they picked up this tiny gem. Library Journal It may be short, but it's powerful. An absolutely beautiful book. Sue Monk Kidd Heartening. Kirkus Reviews Writing with sparkling directness, warmth, humor, and long-steeped wisdom, Hoffman has created a companionable and genuinely useful book for times of crisis. Small, intimate, and lovely . . . Hoffman s storytelling artistry enlivens each intimate, thoughtfully distilled, charming, and nurturing lesson in living. Booklist"


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Practical Magic for Survivors 11. November 2013
Von Story Circle Book Reviews - Veröffentlicht auf
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You may think you know who Alice Hoffman is. You've been reading her novels for years, from Practical Magic to The Dovekeepers. She writes women's literary fiction, right? After 23 such novels, it seems like a fair assumption. But did you know she's a popular young adult author as well? Or that she penned a nonfiction book, a memoir? Until recently, I didn't either, and I'm glad to have discovered some new Alice Hoffman titles to add to my reading list.

Hoffman's latest book is called Survival Lessons, and it's a heartfelt entry into the world of nonfiction, a personal journey made universal. Fifteen years ago, Hoffman received a breast cancer diagnosis that sent her reeling. Treatment and recovery proved completely foreign landscapes, with few familiar landmarks to direct her way. Hoffman wanted a guidebook, but found none. Now, all these years later, she has written the very book she wished for.

"There is a very thin line that separates readers and writers," writes Hoffman in her introduction. "You make a leap over that line when there's a book you want to read and you can't find it and you have to write it yourself."

The result is not a typical memoir, and in fact contains surprisingly few glimpses into Hoffman's actual ordeal. Instead, it's more of an optimistic instruction manual explaining how to take care of yourself when you're dealing with a serious illness, or any traumatic experience.

Hoffman's advice seems simple on the surface. Choose your heroes, she says. Eat chocolate. Only answer the phone when you want to. Read more closely, though, and you'll see the unique interpersonal observations you've come to expect from Hoffman. Anne Frank may be an obvious choice for a hero, for instance, but Hoffman also brings up a more unlikely choice: the mother she once criticized because she "would rather see a Broadway play than clean the kitchen."

Skimming through Hoffman's book, you might be tempted to dismiss it as too simple, the book-length equivalent of a "how to" article in a women's magazine. Read it again, though. You'll see that the brownie recipe is more than a list of ingredients. It's from her friend, Maclin, and she writes, "Maclin's brownies will not appear to be perfect. They will sink in the middle. The top will crack. You'll want to throw them out. Don't. They will be everything they should be and more." Just like life.

Likewise, her cousin Lisa's instructions for knitting a "beehive" hat are more than a handy project. They're a tool for working out the truths in life. Hoffman notes that trying something new, failing and trying again, "helps with understanding the importance of revision, and that the process is what can bring you the most joy."

Hoffman's gentle reminders are interspersed with her own photographs, and the words of poets like Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost. The elegant presentation makes this brief book just right for gift-giving, and it would be a welcome addition to the bedside table of anyone struggling with self-care in a time of trouble.

by Sheila Trask
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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5.0 von 5 Sternen She Writes What's in My Heart 24. September 2013
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Just received this little book today and from the moment I opened it at the very first sentence, I was hooked. Alice Hoffman is a best selling novelist but she is also a cancer survivor and this little gem is her story. She writes exactly what's in my's like we're joined at the waist, even in her admiration of Anne Frank. If you've walked "through the fire' and survived, this little book is for you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A gift to all of us 21. November 2013
Von Kathleen Pooler - Veröffentlicht auf
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It’s true. Good things really do come in small packages. Best selling novelist Alice Hoffman packs a lot of practical wisdom about life and surviving breast cancer in this eighty-three page guidebook.

In a voice that stems from the heart of a woman who has survived breast cancer, we glean page after page of trustworthy, day-to-day tips for living a full life. Filled with simple, practical lessons, she draws us into her human experience and helps us connect to our own.

I found myself immersed in her story and connecting on many levels—as a woman, a cancer survivor, a wife, a mother, a friend, a human being. Interspersed throughout the book are photos and poems that highlight her messages of reclaiming your life and enjoying its simple pleasures. She even pays forward gifts her family and friends have given her—a recipe for brownies, a pattern for a knit cap.

Each section has simple, yet captivating title. Here’s an excerpt under Choose to Tell Your Own Story (page 66):

“When people ask you about your terrible year, the first thing that will come to mind is the grin on your son’s face on the rollercoaster and how fast your daughter ran on the beach. She was almost flying. She was the most beautiful thing on earth”

Underlying each message is the idea that life is precious and we need to stop and appreciate its beauty every day. One does not need to have cancer or a life threatening illness to appreciate these words.

The gentle reminders Alice offers in this little book are a gift to all of us.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You don't have to have cancer to enjoy the beauty of this book 22. November 2013
Von Mary Chrapliwy - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book was short, but mighty. It was beautifully written, as all Alice Hoffman's books are, and it touched me so deeply that it made me cry.

Alice Hoffman's writing is like reading poetry. She uses metaphor and simile just enough to give more weight and beauty to her words. I have enjoyed numerous works of Hoffman's fiction, so when I had the opportunity to read this book, I was delighted. This book was a little under 100 pages. Don't let the short length scare you away, the sparse pages are brimming with wisdom.

This has been a tough year for my family and, though none of us has had the dreaded diagnosis of breast cancer, we have had some very difficult times. I was able to relate to many things Hoffman said in this book and found such inspiration and joy in the pages, that I shared the experience with friends. This is a magical book that lit the flame of hope in my heart.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen wonderful book for cancer survivors or those who love them 28. September 2013
Von Ms. Bea Young-Smith - Veröffentlicht auf
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I love alice Hoffman's novels so I was curious about this book. Being a 3 year cancer survivor myself I purchased this book and was not disappointed! Lovely advice and inspiring stories abound in this treasury of how cancer patients not only survive but thrive. I have purchased two more copies for my friends. I highly recommend this book!
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