Most memoirs I read are reconstructed stories from successful people or artists reflecting on their career so far. Andola’s Who Knew? Lessons From My First 40 Years is a bit different. As a girl next door, she’s looking back on blaming her parents, lacking self-esteem, her small chest, and troublesome relationships. It is easier to relate to fellow humans full of faulty behaviors striving to get to terms with life as it is.
She is happy to report to be over her upbringing and forgiveness towards her parents for all the evil she once perceived they practiced on her. From ideal Christmas and Thanksgiving family gatherings to raising children and not imposing a self-esteem on her. Parents are smarter than you think. You have to build your own life, discover its meaning, learn to know yourself during adolescence, remember to smile and stop pursuing happiness in order to discover it. Christine’s lessons on mourning, wedding rituals, and the importance of language as a connector to behavior, is full of insights. English is her core business, the book really showcases that competency. A quick no-nonsense read of 90-120 minutes about life’s surprises that can help you beyond the age 40 milestone.
About the author
Central New York whose work has been published in several regional and online magazines. She writes about food, health, business, and other topics. Christine has lived in the Southern Tier, the Hudson Valley, the North Country, and New York City, and has traveled a good portion of the Erie Canal. Who Knew? is her first book.Andola is a freelance writer and native of
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.