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

7 Ratings: 1.9
A book by Cathy Alter

Realizing she needed to do serious work on her junk food/junk sex–littered lifestyle, Alter, a recently divorced thirty-seven-year old freelance writer, decided to spend each month of the coming year following the advice of a major women's … see full wiki

Author: Cathy Alter
Publisher: Atria
6 reviews about Up For Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me...
review by . February 22, 2009
If you are the right demographic for this book it could be fun and entertaining as well as an easy read. No thinking required. This is the story of a very young 39-year-old turning 40, finding love and straightening out her rather messed up live. My wife noted that she too had been divorced, with two children, at 35 and trying to figure it all out; but having sex at work, in an office cubicle? No way! Unfortunately this absurdity was brought up early in the book and kind of set the tone. I know …
review by . December 29, 2008
Worth reading; consider the library copy.    From the publisher's copy, I expected this book to be a bit fluffier; instead, it was much grimmer at the beginning and ended better than I expected. I expect I would have been the friend who cut the author off; she was blessed to sail through as much muck as she kicked up with as few long-term consequences.    Nice work on the happy ending and pulling away from other people's opinions.
review by . September 18, 2008
I managed to read this book on an Amtrak train between Montreal and Port Kent, New York, so I am grateful that it was entertaining.     Entertaining would be the best word to describe this book. While I thought the concept of subscribing to a dozen magazines and then spending one month on different self-improvement ideas - taken from these magazinesw was a clever ploy - it somehow does not translate all that well on paper for me.     For one thing, this book …
review by . September 08, 2008
I feel that it's easy to relate to Cathy in this novel, a woman who reads a lot of magazines to somehow learn all the mystical workings of the female world - how to look good, feel good and attract a good mate with some cooking and exercise tips involved. We all read magazines for various reasons, I enjoy the makeup and fashion the most alongside health magazines and subscribe to almost all the mags that Cathy has been reading herself but sometimes they lay around for months before I get to them …
review by . September 04, 2008
It's an appealing concept: what if you tried actually following the advice of women's magazines? Would it improve your life?  Cathy Alter decides to find out. Cathy is a 37-year-old divorced woman whose life is in a mess. She does as little work as possible at her job, which is just subsidizing her freelance work and providing easy partners for cubicle sex.  So she decides that she will choose one area each month on which to focus for self-improvement. On month, she figures, …
review by . August 27, 2008
Who hasn't been at a crossroads, looking for some direction? After a downward spiral, following a divorce, Cathy Alter decides she needs a change. She vows to turn her life around in a year with the guidance of magazines. Why invest in therapists, financial advisors, designers, or life coaches when there are so many glossies devoted to helping women sort out career, fashion, relationships, money, health, and housekeeping?     What a way to restart one's life! Alter's touching …
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