I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag by Jennifer Gilbert

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11 Critic Reviews

A mostly likable memoir that shows we can choose to be more than the sum of those events that are beyond our control.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag is a warm, wise, and wholly original memoir of survival, renewal, and transformation, by one of New York City’s most successful and respected special events coordinators.

With her top-level events company, Save the Date, Jennifer Gilbert has worked with Fortune 500 companies, broadcast media giants, international nonprofit organizations, and celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Bill Gates and beyond. Yet few of her clients or colleagues have known, until now, that Jennifer not only a self-made success: she’s also a survivor. After a random, near-fatal attack left her body in critical condition on a crowded city street, and left her with emotional wounds that would take years to heal, Jennifer embarked upon a journey to reclaim her life.

This is her story, in her own words: I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag, an intimate, poignant, inspiring memoir of perseverance, rediscovery, and hope.

 

About Jennifer Gilbert

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Jennifer Gilbert Jennifer Gilbert is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Save the Date, a New York-based special events company. She was the youngest-and the only woman-- recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young that year; she was awarded Working Woman's Entrepreneurial Award of Excellence; and her company was named among the top 500 woman-owned businesses. A frequent speaker, she has appeared at New York University, Columbia Business School, and at numerous industry events. She lives in New York City with her husband and their three children. Visit her website at www.savethedate.com.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Harper. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Mar 15 2012

A mostly likable memoir that shows we can choose to be more than the sum of those events that are beyond our control.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Book Reporter on May 15 2012

This is her story, in her own words...an intimate, poignant, inspiring memoir of perseverance, rediscovery, and hope.

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Cool Mom Picks

Excellent
Reviewed by Cool Mom Picks on May 15 2012

I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag is a clean, simply-told story about survival, resilience, and reconciliation.

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Beverly Public Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Allison on Aug 29 2012

Written in a conversational tone, the book is a fascinating amalgamation of moments of triumph from Jennifer’s event planning business and dealing with her attack.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Jill Franclemont on Jun 30 2012

Her story is a lovely journey of self-realization and, ultimately, self-salvation – lovelier for the extreme ugliness of the event that led her to have to travel it.

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Booking Mama

Good
Reviewed by Julie P on May 15 2012

I found Ms. Gilbert's story to be so inspirational, and her honestly and candidness even changed the way I look at my life.

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She Knows

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Reviewed by Candace on May 28 2012

Never Promised You a Goodie Bag is much more than the moving story of how Jennifer finally found joy.

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Bookfan

Good
Reviewed by Mary on May 23 2012

It’s a very personal account of how she made it through with determination and a lot of help from loved ones and professionals.

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Reviewed by Melissa on May 23 2012

I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag is a very well-written memoir that you’ll be tempted to read in one sitting.

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Amy Reads

Good
Reviewed by Amy on May 16 2012

The book is well written and covers a wide variety of events in Gilbert’s life.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Parker on May 17 2012

This story had many layers and kept me interested until the very end.

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