Up For Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
By age thirty-seven, Cathy Alter had made a mess of her life. With a failed marriage already under her belt, she was continuing down the path of poor decisions, one paved with a steady stream of junk food, unpaid bills, questionable friends, and highly inappropriate men. So she sat down and asked herself what she truly wanted. A decent guy. A nicer home. More protein. When she took a closer look at her wants, she noticed something that seemed very familiar -- with the addition of exclamation points, her list could easily be transformed into the cover lines on every women's magazine: Find the love you deserve! Paint to the rescue! Eggs-actly perfect meals!

So Cathy gave over her life to the glossies for the next twelve months, resolving to follow their advice without question. By the end of her subscriptions, she would get rid of upper-arm jiggle, crawl out of debt, host the perfect dinner party, run a mile without puking, engage in better bathtub booty, ask for a raise, and rehaul her apartment.

Well, at least that was the premise of her social experiment. What actually happened was much less about cosmetic change and much more about internal transformation. Singular in its voice and yet completely universal, Up for Renewal will appeal to all who have ever wondered if they could actually make their life over.
 

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UP FOR RENEWAL: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over

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"Is it so wrong to want to be bossed around by Helen Gurley Brown?" asks freelance writer Alter (Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood, 2004), who decided that for one year she would ... Read full review

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This book is a memoir about the one year in the life of Cathy Alter. In the beginning of the book Cathy is a recently divorced, thirty nine year old who's life is out of control. She parties until all ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
17
Section 3
41
Section 4
69
Section 5
95
Section 6
119
Section 7
145
Section 8
173
Section 9
197
Section 10
221
Section 11
249
Section 12
273
Section 13
299
Section 14
315
Section 15
321
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About the author (2008)

Cathy Alter is a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Self, Fitness, and McSweeney's. Her first book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood, was released in 2004.

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