I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag: A Memoir of a Life through Events--the Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don't

I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag: A Memoir of a Life through Events--the Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don't

by Jennifer Gilbert

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062075970
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 35,479
File size: 526 KB

About the Author

Jennifer Gilbert is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Save the Date®, the New York–based special-events company. She was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, received Working Woman magazine's Entrepreneurial Award of Excellence, and her company was voted one of its top 500 woman-owned businesses. An in-demand speaker, she has appeared at numerous schools and industry events, and her work has been featured in People magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and InStyle Weddings, as well as on Fox and CNN. She lives in New York City with her husband and their three children.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Prologue 1

Part I The Jen Suit

Chapter 1 At Least 11

Chapter 2 Turn the Channel 25

Chapter 3 This Is Not My Fabulous Life 39

Part II Red Lipstick

Chapter 4 Putting My Face On 49

Chapter 5 Running as Fast as I Can 59

Chapter 6 Chaos Theory 65

Chapter 7 Miss Gilbert, This Is Going to Be Very Hard for You 73

Part III Figure Eight

Chapter 8 Pins and Needles 85

Chapter 9 Bicycle Pants 97

Chapter 10 The Scary Mask 107

Chapter 11 I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag 119

Part IV The Best Man

Chapter 12 Best Friends 133

Chapter 13 After All These Years 147

Chapter 14 Something Is Happening 157

Part V Faith

Chapter 15 Glass Parent 171

Chapter 16 All Clear 179

Chapter 17 Illumination 189

Epilogue 203

Acknowledgments 211

About the Author 214

What People are Saying About This

Dani Shapiro

“This is a beautiful and brave memoir, full of hard-won wisdom. I read it in one sitting. It speaks from the heart and to the heart.”

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I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag: A Memoir of a Life Through Events--the Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don't 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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Excellent, often funnyand so realistic look at how we work, live, fall in love,etc. Loved it!
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Very inspiring story! I highly recommend this book - I couldn't put it down until I finished it! Well-written with a clear lesson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story! I actually laughed, cried, &was totally outraged &sickened a few times as to what she went thru. Its incredible how she managed to get thru life & have a fabulous career. Though there were obvious obstacles & setbacks...many in fact....some of them difficult in there own right. The strentgh and perserverance it took to be able to overcome any of it is inspiring! Jennifer Gilbert takes you rt there through the good bad & down right ugly! But you wouldnt want to miss the journey for anything. I read this book in less then a day...I just couldnt put it down! Id easily put this in my personal top ten & have already started telling anyone I could to read this book! So, thank you Jennifer Gilbert for writing your story & thank you to all who had a part in making this book come to be. Jen, may all the rest of your days only know more & more love & happiness!!
KikiMA More than 1 year ago
This is a quick read, filled with raw emotion. It traces the trials of a woman hell-bent on making it despite a brutal attack and the knowledge she survived on her own. It's a display of fortitude and forgiveness, both for herself and those that stood by while she was near death. It's a story of physical and emotional courage.
janiep87 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I found it by accident and once i started to read it I was hooked. They way Jennifer Gilbert writes makes you want to continue to read it. You want to see that everything is o.k! Great read when you are feeling sorry for yourself!
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I read this book in a day. Loved it!!!
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