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Shortly after arriving on Cape Cod to spend a year by herself, Joan Anderson's chance encounter with a wise, playful, and astonishing woman helped her usher in the transformations and self-discoveries that led to her ongoing renewal. First glimpsed as a slender figure on a fogged-in beach, Joan Erikson was not only a friend and confidante when one was most needed, but also a guide as Anderson stretched and grew into her unfinished self.Joan Erikson was perhaps best known for her collaboration with her husband, Erik, a pioneering psychoanalyst and noted author. After Erik's death, she wrote several books extending their theory of the stages of life to reflect her understanding of aging as she neared ninety-five. But her wisdom was best taught through their friendship; as she sat with Anderson, weaving tapestries of their lives with brightly colored yarn while exploring the strength gathered from their accumulated experiences, Joan Erikson's lessons took shape on their small cardboard looms as well as in her friend's revitalized life.

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Joan Anderson

Joan Anderson is a journalist and New York Times bestselling author of A Year by the Sea. This memoir has been adapted for the big screen and is being filmed on Cape Cod April 2015. Her other award-winning memoirs are: An Unfinished Marriage, A Walk on the Beach, A Weekend to Change Your Life, and Second Journey. Stretch Marks, her latest book, is a collection of essays meant to engender conversation amongst women of all ages. For the past twelve years she has been conducting weekend retreats to help women refocus their lives. These retreats have been held in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, and Scotland. She is a frequent presenter at Omega and Kripalu, both holistic institutions. She has appeared several times on Oprah, Good Morning America, and The Today Show, to name a few. She has remained on Cape Cod since her personal year by the sea.

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