Meant To Be

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HarperCollins, Sep 2, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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For many years, Parade magazine's Walter Anderson, one of America's most admired editors, harbored a deep secret about his heritage and the circumstances of his birth. With the publication of this affecting memoir, he reveals the truth about his life and tells the inspirational story of his rags-to-riches career.

Anderson grew up on the "wrong side of the tracks" in Mount Vernon, New York, the youngest child of an alcoholic, abusive father. He escaped his situation by quitting high school at sixteen to join the Marines. Four years later, while on leave to attend his father's funeral, he stuns his mother with a question that has inexplicably haunted him since he was a small boy: Was the man who had so tormented him in his childhood his real father? Her answer: Walter was born of a wartime love affair between his Protestant mother and the Jewish man she loved. His mother swears him to secrecy, and he honors their pact for nearly thirty-five years, and then one day he meets an unknown brother -- another son of his real father -- who has lived a similar, nearly parallel life. Their secret, in ways large and small, defines the course of his life.

Meant To Be is a love story, a journey of self-discovery and spiritual reckoning, and a provocative challenge to commonly held notions about the role of heredity in our lives. Passionately told and deeply moving, Anderson's memoir is the mesmerizing story that he was always meant to tell.

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His affinity for writing is powerful. - Goodreads
Dude's prose is way too flowery. - Goodreads
Someone should have made him stop writing that way. - Goodreads

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User Review  - zyra.cyra.xyra - Goodreads

I loved this book. I got so attached right from the first chapter. It was well and smartly written. The sequence of events was beyond the top. I wasn't lost even if the plot jumps from one setting to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jill Soderberg - Goodreads

This was a good book, but it started out a little slow. Once I got about half way I really didn't want to put it down. The author is a great writer who tells his life story in such an honest way that you can't help but love him and his mother for keeping the secret. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Walter Anderson has been editor of Parade since June 1980. He is a member of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Sciences, and he serves on the boards of Literacy Volunteers of America, the National Center for Family Literacy, the National Dropout Prevention Fund, Very Special Arts, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and PBS.

He received a 1994 Hortio Alger Award, for which he was nominated by the late Norman Vincent Peale, and the Jewish National Fund's Tree of Life Award, which he received from Elie Wiesel. He lives in White Plains, New York, with his wife Loretta. They have two children.

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