If I’d Known Then

Women in Their 20s and 30s Write Letters To Their Younger Selves


If you could send a letter back in time to your younger self, what would it say? Following in the tradition of the bestselling compendium What I Know Now™ comes a new collection that will speak directly to young women. Editor Ellyn Spragins asked women under forty to write letters to the girls they once were, filled with the advice and wisdom they wish they’d possessed when they were younger.

You will recognize familiar names as well as meet new voices in these wonderfully candid missives, including: actress Jessica Alba; Olympic soccer gold medalist Julie Foudy; activist Zainab Salbi; actress Danica McKellar; and singer/songwriter Mya. Here are stories of young love and heartbreak; of feeling as if you never fit in – and realizing that some day that feeling will take you further than you’d ever dreamed; of learning to trust your instincts; of daring to chart a new path when everyone else tells you to play it safe; of making peace with the fact that perfection is a pipe dream; and of appreciating the messiness that life hands you.

As editor Ellyn Spragins writes, “We can read these letters simply to understand more about fascinating women. . . . Or we can discover that [their] hard-earned wisdom . . . actually applies to our own life. Or we may understand, with a jolt of recognition, that we’re not the only one who has felt this way. That realization can be a surprisingly powerful salve that brings comfort at the same time that it binds us to one another.”

A perfect gift for any important woman in your life, If I’d Known Then offers rare glimpses into the personal stories of extraordinary young women – and will inspire readers to live their best lives.

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