Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me about Love, Sex, and Starting Over


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Atria Books
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5.8 X 8.62 X 1.09 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Cathy Alter's feature articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Self, McSweeney's, and SMITH Magazine. Her book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood was released in 2004 and her memoir, Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over was released in July 2008. She holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently a faculty member and nonfiction advisor.


"A funny, wise-crackey, addictively readable coming-of-maturity." -- Cathi Hanauer, author of Sweet Ruin and editor of The Bitch in the House
"Cathy Alter's Up for Renewal is witty and whimsical. You'll want to stay with her well-developed voice all the way to the end." -- Rachel Sontag, Author of House Rules
"You know that warm, relaxed, pleasurable feeling you get when cracking open the latest issue of your favorite magazine? That's what reading Cathy Alter's Up for Renewal is like. Prepare to not only have a great time but also to get truly inspired." -- Mandy Stadtmiller, "About Last Night" New York Post columnist
"A transformation sensation, witty and soulful." -- Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine and co-editor of Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs By Writers Famous & Obscure
"Up For Renewal is a charming, hilarious book that proves that it is possible to change your life in just one year. Using the improbable guide of women's magazines, Cathy Alter transforms her relationship, her job, her body, even the color of her living room. She got me laughing out loud, and also vowing to try her recipe for Mexican Chicken Soup." -- Gretchen Rubin, author of the blog, The Happiness Project, www.happiness-project.com
"Fans of Bridget Jones will also enjoy Alter - she's funny and endearing." -- Publishers Weekly