I loved it when I read it on publication and I think I may have loved it even more this time.
It made me cry, of course, and it made me think about how I put things off – and how I really must stop doing that. She mentions a Dr Hauschka lemon bath oil that I’ve been meaning to buy since I first read this book… four years ago. (I’ve had it in my basket online lots of times, but I always chicken out – it’s expensive for a bath oil.) In an essay called The Lost Strudel or Le Strudel Perdu, she writes about an amazing cabbage strudel that I vowed to try when I went to New York for my 40th birthday last year. No, you didn’t miss it – I didn’t go to New York for my 40th birthday last year. Nor for my 41st this year.
I originally blogged Nora’s quote about not putting things off just over a year ago, but I’m only really starting to get it now. At least, I hope I am.
(I know this is all me me me, but that aside, it really is a brilliant essay collection – funny, sad, smart and true true true.)
Not a book, but I also read Nora’s Wellesley College Commencement speech and it just blew me away. If you haven’t read it, you really must.