Candy and Me: A Girl's Tale of Life, Love, and Sugar

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 3, 2004 - Art - 240 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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I like me some candy, but this just seemed overwhelming and all consuming. I couldn't relate to someone whose whole life revolved around candy and mass consumption of it. Read full review

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Contents

Bubble Burgers
1
SWEET TOOTH
5
Sugar
7
Trix
9
Candy Corn
10
Cocoa
13
Ice Cream
18
Flake
22
Devils Candy
96
Fruit
97
Lemonheads
100
Fireballs
101
Feeding the Habit
105
BullsEyes
108
OldFashioned Marshmallow Eggs
109
Skittles
114

The Assortment
25
Conversation Hearts
28
Spree
31
Bottle Caps Nostalgia
35
Tessanas Butterfly Cake
39
Mints
45
Nonpareils
47
Skor
49
Jelly Belly Jellybeans
50
I Know What Youre Thinking
54
Fruit Slices
55
Fudge
58
Snickers
62
Junior Mints
65
SUGAR AND SPICE
69
Smarties
71
Swiss Petite Fruit
77
Conversation Hearts the Reclamation
80
Lipo
83
Frosting
87
The Assortment Revisited
90
White Chocolate Breakup
93
Circus Peanuts
117
Mini Bottle Caps Try Again
120
Swiss Chocolate Ice Cream
123
SugarFree
127
A HeartShaped Box of Chocolates
132
JUST DESSERTS
133
Taffy
135
Bottle Caps Regained
138
Twizzlers
141
Icing Off the Cake
145
Necco Wafers
147
Cotton Candy
151
This Woman Needs Help
155
No Thank You
160
Starburst
163
The Truth about Circus Peanuts
166
Tootsie Rolls
171
Drawing the Line
176
With This Bottle Cap
178
Meltaways
184
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About the author (2004)

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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