Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Same Sweet Girls' Guide to Life
(Maiden Lane Press; on-sale May 1, 2014; hardcover).
ADORABLE! A slim, wonderfully picture filled hardback that can also become a "reading journal" as the last 10 pages or so are lined blanks where Cassandra instructs you to write down the names of your favorite books for keepsaking. The book starts with a great introduction by Rick Bragg, follows with the lecture adaptation, then an Afterward discussing the importance of becoming a reader. This book would be a wonderful little gift for someone, if not for yourself!
This book is not a sequel to The Same Sweet Girls --- it was adapted from a lecture Cassandra delivered to a graduating class at her alma mater.
Written with a blend of humor and practical wisdom, The Same Sweet Girl’s Guide to Life offers inspiration and solid advice to new graduates that can sustain them through life’s inevitable ups and downs. In this small book readers will find advice that will only grow in meaning throughout the years. It can - and should - be read again and again, by thoughtful people of all ages.
King’s true gift is in her ability to present readers with the sort of hard-earned wisdom that will help both young and old find sustenance and renewed meaning in their lives. According to acclaimed author Dorothea Benton Frank, "This little book offers big wisdom delivered with Cassandra King’s signature wit. I can’t imagine a better gift to guide the recent graduate, or for any friend passing through one of life’s transitions."
Her first pearl of wisdom: sincerity is an important virtue, and once you learn to fake it, you are well on your way to success! Dare to laugh at yourself. Find kindred spirits and keep them close to you; expand your circle of friends. Know the true value of time. She also advises that we try to find words to express love and gratitude but to keep in mind that it is our actions that reveal our feelings more than our words.
And as an addition to this lecture at Montevallo College, King adds a new afterword on the value of becoming a lifelong reader. Cassandra's advice is applicable to boys as well as girls.
Cassandra King, who has been called “the Queen of Southern storytelling,” is the author of five novels, Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts, and most recently the highly praised Moonrise, which was an Okra Pick and SIBA bestseller. A native of Lower Alabama, Cassandra resides in Beaufort, South Carolina, with her husband, writer Pat Conroy. Visit her website at CassandraKingConroy.com.