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.Real Simple chastised another couple, Patti and Todd Bender, for allowing a boring color scheme to rule the roost. aWhite walls do nothing to define or enliven a room, a wrote Sara Bliss, perfectly named for an article on domestic harmony. In an article called aOne ... it a living room for nothing. I looked around ours and noticed that sitting on our brown couch were two silk pillows in blue and brown stripes.
|Title||:||Up For Renewal|
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2008-07-01|