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Survival Lessons

Alice Hoffman


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (9/30/2013)
Hardcover (10/1/2013)
Compact Disc (10/1/2013)
MP3 CD (10/1/2013)

October 2013 Indie Next List

“Survival Lessons is a wise and beautiful book in which Hoffman shares openly and honestly about coping with illness. But don't wait for the difficult moments in life before reading this book! It's full of wonderful advice for anyone who wishes to live life fully. I plan on giving this to all of my friends this holiday season.”
— Adrian Newell, Warwick's, La Jolla, CA
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The New York Times-bestselling author and cancer survivor tells how to hold on to joy in times of sorrow in this "absolutely beautiful book" (Sue Monk Kidd).

The prize-winning author of such modern literary classics as Practical Magic, The World That We Knew, and The Marriage of Opposites, Alice Hoffman is also a cancer survivor. In Survival Lessons, she shares her transformative journey, showing us how to re-envision our own lives and relationships with our friends and family, and the significance of the everyday choices we make.

Sorrow and joy are both part of the human experience, and the beauty of the world is easy to overlook during periods of crisis, illness, or loss. Here, Hoffman offers wit, wisdom, and comfort in "an optimistic instruction manual for] anyone struggling with self-care in a time of trouble" (Story Circle Book Reviews).

"In this gem of a book, Alice Hoffman acknowledges the sorrows of life, while reminding us of its joys. Survival Lessons is filled with love, insight, and lots of practical advice--including a crazy-good brownie recipe." --Will Schwalbe, New York Times-bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club

"Hoffman's storytelling artistry enlivens each intimate, thoughtfully distilled, charming, and nurturing lesson in living." --Booklist

" Survival Lessons] is not about Hoffman's] breast cancer per se but about making choices that will improve readers' lives and relationships and remind them 'of the beauty of life.'" --Library Journal

"Full of smart intentions and kind reminders . . . Uplifting advice we'll gladly take." --Better Homes & Gardens

Open Road Media, 9781504064552, 102pp.

Publication Date: August 18, 2020

About the Author

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. She wrote her first novel, Property Of, while studying creative writing at Stanford University, and since then has published more than thirty books for readers of all ages, including the recent New York Times bestsellers The Museum of Extraordinary Things and The Dovekeepers. Two of her novels, Practical Magic and Aquamarine, have been made into films, and Here on Earth was an Oprah's Book Club choice. Hoffman's work has been published in more than twenty languages and one hundred foreign editions. She lives outside of Boston.