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And Then We Grew Up

On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood
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Publisher: 
Penguin Books
 | 
December, 2019
ISBN:
9780143132127
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Publisher’s Description: 

A journey through the many ways to live an artistic lifefrom the flashy and famous to the quiet and steadyfull of unexpected insights about creativity and contentment,from the author of The Good Girls Guide to Getting Lost.

Rachel Friedman was a serious violist as a kid. She quit music in college but never stopped fantasizing about what her life might be like if she had never put down her bow. Years later, a freelance writer in New York, she again finds herself struggling with her fantasy of an artists life versus its much more complicated reality. In search of answers, she decides to track down her childhood friends from Interlochen, a prestigious arts camp she attended, full of aspiring actors, artists, dancers, and musicians, to find out how their early creative ambitions have translated into adult careers, relationships, and identities.

Rachels conversations with these men and women spark nuanced revelations about creativity and being an artist: that it doesnt have to be all or nothing, that success isnt always linear, that sometimes its okay to quit. And Then We Grew Upis for anyone who has given up a childhood dream and wondered what-if?, for those who have aspired to do what they love and had doubts along the way, and for all whose careers fall somewhere between emerging and established. Warm, whip-smart, and insightful, it offers inspiration for finding creative fulfillment wherever we end up in life.

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