If I Knew Then: Finding wisdom in failure and power in aging

November 30, 2020
If I Knew Then: Finding wisdom in failure and power in aging

Jann Arden—bestselling author, recording artist andlate-blooming TV star—is back with this funny, heartfelt and fiercememoir on becoming a woman of a certain age. The power, gravity andfreedom she's found at fifty-seven are superpowers she believes allof us can unleash.Digging deep into her strengths, her failures and her losses,Jann Arden brings us an inspiring account of how she has surprisedherself, in her fifties, by at last becoming completely her ownperson. Like many women, it took Jann a long time to realize thattrying to be pleasing and likeable and beautiful in the eyes ofothers was a loser's game. Letting it rip, and damning theconsequences, is not only liberating, it's a hell of a lot of fun:"Being the age I am—that so many women are—is just the best time ofmy life."Jann weaves her own story together with tales of her mother,grandmother, and great grandmother, and the father she came closeto hating, to show her younger self—and all of us—that fear andavoidance is no way to live. "What I'm thinking about now aren'tall the ways I can try to hang on to my youth or all the secondsticking by in some kind of morbid countdown to death," she writes,"but rather how I keep becoming someone I always hoped I could be.If I'm lucky one day a very old face will look back at me from themirror, a face I once shied away from. I will love that old womanferociously, because she has finally figured out how to live a lifeof purpose—not in spite of but because of all her mistakes andfailures."