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New Life, No Instructions - A Memoir

Gail Caldwell

The Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author of Let's Take the Long Way Home now gives us a stunning, exquisitely written memoir about a dramatic turning point in her life, which unexpectedly opened up a world of understanding, possibility, and connection. New Life, No Instructions is about the surprising way life can begin again, at any age. "What do you do when the story changes in midlife? When a tale you have told yourself turns out to be a little untrue, just enough to throw the world off-kilter? It's like leaving the train at the wrong stop: You are still you, but in a new place, there by accident or grace, and you will need your wits about you to proceed. "Any change that matters, or takes, begins as immeasurably small. Then it accumulates, moss on stone, and after a few thousand years of not interfering, you have a glen, or a waterfall, or a field of hope where sorrow used to be. "I suppose all of us consider our loved ones extraordinary; that is one of the elixirs of attachment. But over the months of pain and disrepair of that winter, I felt something that made the grimness tolerable: I felt blessed by the tribe I was part of. Here I was, supposedly solo, and the real truth was that I had a force field of connection surrounding me. "Most of all I told this story because I wanted to say something about hope and the absence of it, and how we keep going anyway. About second chances, and how they're sometimes buried amid the dross, even when you're poised for the downhill grade. The narrative can always turn out to be a different story from what you expected." Praise for New Life, No Instructions "Brimming with insights and wisdom . . . As far as I'm concerned, Caldwell can write about whatever she pleases. . . . Unabashed dispatches from lifelong single women are a fairly recent phenomenon. Caldwell has so much more to teach us."-Kate Bolick, The New York Times Book Review "Gail Caldwell offers the kind of wisdom and grace you'd wish a friend, sister, or mother might d

The Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author of Let's Take the Long Way Home now gives us a stunning, exquisitely written memoir about a dramatic turning point in her life, which unexpectedly opened up a world of understanding, possibility, and connection. New Life, No Instructions is about the surprising way life can begin again, at any age. "What do you do when the story changes in midlife? When a tale you have told yourself turns out to be a little untrue, just enough to throw the world off-kilter? It's like leaving the train at the wrong stop: You are still you, but in a new place, there by accident or grace, and you will need your wits about you to proceed. "Any change that matters, or takes, begins as immeasurably small. Then it accumulates, moss on stone, and after a few thousand years of not interfering, you have a glen, or a waterfall, or a field of hope where sorrow used to be. "I suppose all of us consider our loved ones extraordinary; that is one of the elixirs of attachment. But over the months of pain and disrepair of that winter, I felt something that made the grimness tolerable: I felt blessed by the tribe I was part of. Here I was, supposedly solo, and the real truth was that I had a force field of connection surrounding me. "Most of all I told this story because I wanted to say something about hope and the absence of it, and how we keep going anyway. About second chances, and how they're sometimes buried amid the dross, even when you're poised for the downhill grade. The narrative can always turn out to be a different story from what you expected." Praise for New Life, No Instructions "Brimming with insights and wisdom . . . As far as I'm concerned, Caldwell can write about whatever she pleases. . . . Unabashed dispatches from lifelong single women are a fairly recent phenomenon. Caldwell has so much more to teach us."-Kate Bolick, The New York Times Book Review "Gail Caldwell offers the kind of wisdom and grace you'd wish a friend, sister, or mother might d
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The Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author of Let's Take the Long Way Home now gives us a stunning, exquisitely written memoir about a dramatic turning point in her life, which unexpectedly opened up a world of understanding, possibility, and connection. New Life, No Instructions is about the surprising way life can begin again, at any age. "What do you do when the story changes in midlife? When a tale you have told yourself turns out to be a little untrue, just enough to throw the world off-kilter? It's like leaving the train at the wrong stop: You are still you, but in a new place, there by accident or grace, and you will need your wits about you to proceed. "Any change that matters, or takes, begins as immeasurably small. Then it accumulates, moss on stone, and after a few thousand years of not interfering, you have a glen, or a waterfall, or a field of hope where sorrow used to be. "I suppose all of us consider our loved ones extraordinary; that is one of the elixirs of attachment. But over the months of pain and disrepair of that winter, I felt something that made the grimness tolerable: I felt blessed by the tribe I was part of. Here I was, supposedly solo, and the real truth was that I had a force field of connection surrounding me. "Most of all I told this story because I wanted to say something about hope and the absence of it, and how we keep going anyway. About second chances, and how they're sometimes buried amid the dross, even when you're poised for the downhill grade. The narrative can always turn out to be a different story from what you expected." Praise for New Life, No Instructions "Brimming with insights and wisdom . . . As far as I'm concerned, Caldwell can write about whatever she pleases. . . . Unabashed dispatches from lifelong single women are a fairly recent phenomenon. Caldwell has so much more to teach us."-Kate Bolick, The New York Times Book Review "Gail Caldwell offers the kind of wisdom and grace you'd wish a friend, sister, or mother might d

Language:

English

Length:

4h 15m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:56


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:33