Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths

Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths Review

From the 2005 Pulitzer Prize—winning columnist Connie Schultz comes fresh, clever, insightful commentary on life today: love, politics, social issues, family, and much, much more. In the tradition of Anna Quindlen, Molly Ivins, and Erma Bombeck, but with a distinctive voice and sensibility all her own, Connie Schultz comes out of the heartland of America to get you seeing, feeling, and thinking more deeply about the lives we lead today.

“You might spot someone you know in the stories here,” writes Connie. “Maybe you’ll even find a glimpse of yourself. Yes, each of us is unique, but life happens in ways that bind us like Gorilla Glue.” In Life Happens, Connie shares sharp, passionate observations, winning our hearts with personal thoughts on a wide range of topics, from finding love in middle age to the meaning behind her father’s lunch pail, from single motherhood, to who really gets the tips you leave and why as the war in Iraq, race relations, gay marriage, and wwhy women
don’t vote. In a more humorous vein, Connie shares her mother’s advice on men (“Don’t marry him until you see how he treats the waitress”) and warns men everywhere against using the dreaded f-word (it’s not the one you think). Along the way, Connie introduces us to the heroic people who populate our world and shows us how just one person can make a difference.

Charming, provocative, funny, and perceptive, Life Happens gives us, for the first time, Connie Schultz’s celebrated commentary in one irresistible volume. Life Happens challenges us to be more open and alive to others and to the world around us.


From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths
Edition Language:English

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  • Debra

    Very witty and well written, and I found myself laughing out loud at times. However, not all of the content was interesting....

  • Ben Pushka

    For me, it is tough to rate a book like this. I picked up this book because Mrs. Schultz was coming to speak at campus, and finally have gotten around to it. While interesting, it was difficult to jus...

  • Monika

    This book is about 12 years old, but a lot of Connie's tales are just as relevant today. I found her when she was a columnist for Parade magazine and really like her style. This book is full of short ...

  • Shena Vasko

    She made me laugh. She made me cry. Best of all, she made me reflect. Bonus: I learned the true meaning of "peruse." You think you know what that means? Ha! Look it up! :)...

  • marilyn

    Editing after reading the final third: She just packed a whollop on me. I was in tears in public at the chapter on war, ever so pleased by her commentary on religion, ready to buy copies for all the m...

  • Angie

    This is a collection of Connie's essays, categorized by subject. Connie is an excellent writer - she captures your attention immediately and you find yourself laughing or crying along with her. She sh...

  • Sophie

    I'm a long-time Connie Schultz fan, and this book lived up to all the expectations. It's a collection of her columns from the Plain Dealer. They talk about a wide variety of topics — including her m...

  • Tracy

    This was a good book in terms of getting you to think about some of the day-to-day stuff in your life. She touches on raising children, prejudice, money etc. I do believe she spends too many chapters ...

  • Evelyn

    Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz is known for her columns that provide a voice for the underdog and underprivileged. This collection of stories showcases her passion for making the worl...

  • Karen

    I can't remember why I put this on my Good Reads To Read list, but I am so happy I did. It was such a refreshing look at life and I love Connie's attitude although don't agree with all of her politics...