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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexandra Penney Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Throughout her life, Alexandra Penney’s worst fear was becoming a bag lady. Even as she worked several jobs while raising a son as a single mother, wrote a multimillion-dollar bestselling advice book, and became editor in chief of Self magazine, she was haunted by the image of herself alone, bankrupt, and living on the street. She even went to therapy in an attempt to alleviate the nagging in her mind that told her that all she had worked for could crumble.

And then, one day, that’s exactly what happened. Alexandra Penney had taken a friend’s advice and invested nearly everything she had ever earned with Bernie Madoff. One day she was successful and wealthy, and the next she had almost nothing. Suddenly, at an age when many Americans retire, Penney saw her worst nightmares coming true.

Entertaining and inspiring, The Bag Lady Papers chronicles Penney’s struggle to cope with the devastating financial and emotional fallout of being cheated out of her life savings and traces her journey back to sanity and security. Her outraged blogs about the Madoff scandal on The Daily Beast and her commentary on CNN have generated millions of hits and earned her a loyal following.

How do you pick yourself up after your worst nightmare comes true? Penney shows us how.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina | 2/17/2014

    " I listened to the audio book. The voice of the reader and subject content did make the author come off as pretentious at times, but in the end she detailed an adventurous life filled with tidbits of advice on living without regret, being resourceful, and surrounding yourself with great friends. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/7/2014

    " While I was interested in this story and have empathy for what these folks have gone through, I have a hard time drumming up much sympathy for a woman who owns two (small) vacation homes, has Chanel suits, Baccarat crystal, etc. Boo-hoo-hoo. Not sure I will finish this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally | 1/31/2014

    " This is an interesting little memoir - about an enterprising single woman who lost her next egg to Madoff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lori Barnes | 1/18/2014

    " So far it's mostly an annoying book, but I will probably finish it anyway. "

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About the Author

Alexandra Penney is an artist, bestselling author, and former editor-in-chief of Self magazine. She had a one-person show at Galerie in Berlin, and her work was shown at Miami’s Art Basel. She lives in New York.