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Thank you, everyone : a lifetime of gratitude in letter
Janis, Pam.
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New York : Avon Books, [1999]

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304 pages ; 18 cm
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BJ1533.G8 J36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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All the things in our lives that we are grateful for can be traced to someone we are grateful to.

Imagine saying thank you to all the people who have affected our lives, taught us, encouraged us, touched us, and had a part in making us who we are. Author and freelance journalist Pam Janis has done more than imagine. A brush with mortality opened her eyes to all that she had to be grateful for - and the people who touched her heart, her soul, and her funny bone.

In a series of poignant, humorous, and heartfelt letters, Pam expresses her deepest appreciation to the people who had a profound impact on her life. Her spirited voice reveals a wide range of emotions and experiences that are familiar to all of us. From getting her ears pierced with her sister to hearing the Beatles for the first time to thanking her stepfather for all the joy he brought to her mother, Pam's letters illuminate the life-affirming power of love. Her remarkable example ignites the spark of gratitude in everyone, inspiring and enabling each of us to take up the pen to thank the people who have shaped our lives.All the things in our lives that we are grateful for can be traced to someone we are grateful to.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

When Janis, a 40-year-old speechwriter and journalist, learned from her physician that her mammogram was inconclusive, she vowed that if the second test heralded bad news, she would write a grateful letter to everyone who had helped shape her life positively. Although the second test confirmed her good health, Janis decided to write the letters anyway. This overlong and somewhat tedious compilation of notes to relations, friends, teachers, colleagues and others is the result. Many of the letters, especially those written to her family, express genuine feelings of love and gratitude for the positive roles they played in her childhood, though they lack the universal appeal of, for example, the Chicken Soup series, and would be best appreciated by their intended recipients. Of greater interest are the notes to those who helped shape her career as a journalist. The many missives intended for celebrities, activists and writers, including Marlo Thomas, the Beatles, Woody Allen, Martin Luther King Jr., Gloria Steinem and Allen Drury, are generally insipid. Those addressed to corporations like Mattel for creating Barbie, Citibank for its ATM machines and Boeing for making airplanes are just plain silly. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved