This Thursday BTT asks: What’s the most enjoyable, most fun, most just-darn-entertaining book you’ve read recently?
I was suprised by Cathy Alter’s Up for Renewal, and found myself laughing out loud more than I thought possible, considering the current state of affairs in my life. Alter’s life is in a state of upheaval as well, when, at age 37, she finds herself divorced, working in a dead end job, and engaging in one hopeless relationship after another.
So, she does what any intelligent, creative young writer would do…she creates her own Self Renewal program, using magazines as her textbooks. With a year’s subscription to all her favorite glossies, she sets out to learn everything from how to get rid of upper arm jiggles and neck wattles, reduce her credit card debt, redecorate her apartment, and – of course – land the perfect man.
Alter is a freelance writer, and has written for many of the magazines she chooses as her guide for the ultimate makeover. She’s witty, funny, and self-deprecating in a completely lovable way. Her memoir-ish style book was great fun to read, and definitely renewed my interest in reading magazines.