Candy and Me: A Love Story

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Simon and Schuster, May 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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As a seven-year-old child, Hilary Liftin poured herself a glass (or two) of powdered sugar. Those forbidden cups soon escalated to pound bags of candy corn and multiple packets of dry cocoa mix, launching the epic love affair between Hilary and all things sweet. In Candy and Me: A Love Story, Liftin chronicles her life through candy memories and milestones. As a high school student, Hilary used candy to get through track meets, bad hair days, after-school jobs, and her first not-so-great love. Her sweet tooth followed her to college, where she tried to suppress the crackle of Smarties wrappers in morning classes. Through life's highs and lows, her devotion has never crashed -- candy has been a constant companion and a refuge that sustained her.
As Liftin recounts her record-setting candy consumption, loves and friendships unfold in a funny and heartbreaking series of bittersweet revelations and restorative meditations. Hilary survives a profound obsession with jelly beans and a camp counselor, a forgettable fling with Skittles at a dot-com, and a messy breakup healed by a friendship forged over Circus Peanuts. Through thick and thin, sweet and sour, Hilary confronts the challenges of conversation hearts and the vagaries of boyfriends, searching for that perfect balance of love and sugar.
Written with a fresh dry humor that will immediately absorb you into Liftin's sweet obsessions and remind you of your own, Candy and Me unwraps the meaning found in the universal desire for connection and confection. Treat yourself to Candy and Me -- being bad never read so good.
 

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This memoir is driven by candies-all kinds of childhood favorites-as Liftin (coauthor with Kate Montgomery of Dear Exile) chronicles her lifetime passion for sweets. Early school years, slumber ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction Bubble Burgers
1
Part One SWEET TOOTH
5
Part Two SUGAR AND SPICE
69
Part Three JUST DESSERTS
133
Candy West
187
Resources
191
Acknowledgments
201
About the Author
203
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About the author (2003)

Hilary Liftin is a ghostwriter/collaborator specializing in celebrity memoir. She was born in New York City in 1969 and is a graduate of Yale University. She worked for Houghton Mifflin, Barnes & Noble.com, and Time Warner Books (now Hachette) in the areas of editorial, marketing, and business development. Since 2006, she has been a full-time writer. Her celebrity memoirs includes Stori Telling by Tori Spelling, which became a New York Times nonfiction bestseller and won the 2009 Bravo A-List Award for Best Celebrity Autobiography, Miles to Go by Miley Cyrus, High on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips, and It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh. She and co-author Kate Montgomery wrote Dear Exile. Candy and Me: A Love Story is her own memoir. She and James Patterson are co-authors the bestseller, $10,000,000 Marriage Proposal.

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