Navigating Life: Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me


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Penguin Press
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4.9 X 0.9 X 8.1 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Margaux Bergen has spent the last twenty years raising three children and working all over the world at large and small institutions focused on international development and women's leadership. She has held senior communications positions at Vital Voices, The Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty, The United Way and the World Bank and is now at ORBMedia.


"Witty, honest, and wise, it's a must-read for girls of all ages, providing advice on family, work, marriage, and more."

"Bergen's ballsy, elegantly burnished guide tackles bedrock issues such as friendship, sexuality, and paying the bills."
-- Elle Magazine

"Bergen offers readers not a strict how-to but an invitation. Come with me, she seems to say, and together we can figure out how to do this thing called life."
--Shelf Awareness

"Parental wisdom with a remarkably gentle and generous touch. . . Bergen's book is poised and bracing; her authoritative and friendly attitude is almost more fortifying than the specifics of her advice. . . a masterful writer."
--Education & Culture

"I absolutely loved this beautiful book! It's wise, wry, bracingly honest and so gripping I couldn't put it down. Clearly whip smart, Margaux Bergen has one of those rare voices that pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading."
-- Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and The Triple Package

"Charming, delightful, and unputdownable for every mother and daughter, Navigating Life is a can't-miss read."
-- Brit + Co

"A powerful ode to overcoming the challenging moments in every chapter of life, there is a sentimental lesson brimming on every page for mothers and daughters alike."
--Working Mother, "10 Reads to Make 2017 Your Most Productive & Peaceful Year Yet"

"The stunning and honest guide to life we've all been waiting for...this enchanting book will leave readers in tears, laughs, and inspire bouts of every feeling in between."
- Ms. Career Girl

"With charming candor and insight, Bergen addresses her college-bound daughter on subjects such as love, friendship, education and work... She discusses career moves and handling prickly employers and sudden terminations with grace before meaningfully recounting her experience with depression and the death of her alcoholic father. Her comments on divorce are wise and sensitive...She is at her most poignant when describing the fluctuations of intimacy and parental control with a child on the verge of adulthood... well told and piercing in its honesty."
-- Publisher's Weekly