Being Perfect (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Jan 21, 2009 - Self-Help - 64 pages
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A few times in your life, someone will tell you something so right, so deeply true that it changes you forever. That is what Anna Quindlen, author of the timeless bestseller A Short Guide to a Happy Life, does here.

In Being Perfect, she shares wisdom that, perhaps without knowing it, you have longed to hear: about “the perfection trap,” the price you pay when you become ensnared in it, and the key to setting yourself free. Quindlen believes that when your success looks good to the world but doesn’t feel good in your heart, it isn’t success at all.

She asks you to set aside your friends’ advice, what your family and co-workers demand, and what society expects, and look at the choices you make every day. When you ask yourself why you are making them, Quindlen encourages you to give this answer: For me. “Because they are what I want, or wish for. Because they reflect who and what I am. . . . That way lies dancing to the melodies spun out by your own heart.”

At the core of this beautiful book lies the secret of authentic success, the inspiration to embrace your own uniqueness and live the life that is undeniably your own, rich in fulfillment and meaning.

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I love Anna Quindlen and her insights into life. - Goodreads
Another quick essay-book with pictures. - Goodreads
I love Anna Quindlen's concise prose. - Goodreads
... good advice for many. - Goodreads
Also, it had nice pictures. - Goodreads
On the plus side the pictures are fairly interesting. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sue Rayborn - Goodreads

Another "commencement address"-style book accompanied by great vintage photographs. Great quote, "Trying to be perfect may be inevitable for people who are smart and ambitious and interested in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patti Stahl - Goodreads

A very quick read, but worth it. How many of us have struggled to be "perfect". The perfect daughter, perfect student, perfect wife, perfect mother; but found ourselves lacking? This book helps us to say it's OK to not be. A must read! Read full review

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About the author (2009)

ANNA QUINDLEN is the author of four novels–Blessings, Black and Blue, One True Thing, Object Lessons–and five nonfiction books: Loud and Clear, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, and How Reading Changed My Life. She has also written two children’s books: The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After. Her New York Times column “Public and Private” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Her column now appears every other week in Newsweek.

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