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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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: 9780062075949
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.85(d)

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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