Alexandra Stoddard Books In Order

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Style for Living (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Child's Place (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Postcard as Art (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Book of Color (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living Beautifully Together (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Daring To Be Yourself (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gift of a Letter (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Creating a Beautiful Home (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grace Notes (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Making Choices (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Making Choices (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Book of Days (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Art of the Possible (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mother's: A Celebration (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gracious Living in a New World (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living A Beautiful Life (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Decoration of Houses (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Living in Love (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Open Your Eyes (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Feeling at Home (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Things I Want My Daughters To Know (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time Alive: Celebrate Your Life Every Day (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Choosing Happiness: Keys to a Joyful Life (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Are Your Choices (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Happiness For Two (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Things Good Mothers Know: A Celebration (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Alexandra Stoddard has written many philosophy books that have wound up on the best seller list (the philosophy section). Topics in her books range from different topics (cleaning up the house, decorating your house, deciding what you want to do in life, making every minute of your day count, passing on pearls of wisdom to your kids, and motherhood), but the message remains the same. Live as though each day was your last and enjoy things; stop trudging through the world as though things are awful and everything is one big chore. Instead, treat things like you have a short time on this Earth, and make sure you make every minute count and live without regrets.

At the age of sixteen, Stoddard was taken by Ruth Eleanor Johns (a renowned social worker and her aunt), around the world showing her all kinds of things like architecture, design, beauty, and also showed her the opposite side of things like suffering and sorrow. She was able to gain a better understanding of the world from this tour and it made her writing that much richer and fuller for it. In 1963, she started working for McMillen, Inc., thus beginning her career in design and her time as the founder of the firm’s protege (Eleanor McMillen Brown). Stoddard became one the top designers in the states, and would later start a design firm of her own called Alexandra Stoddard Incorporated.

Her work in design led her to put words into beauty, which led to her becoming a trailblazer in the writing field; and a lecturer on finding happiness from within. She encourages everyone to break the rules and seek personal fulfillment. She has provided her readers, her listeners with ways to live their lives to the fullest.

She has two daughters, four grandchildren, and resides in Stonington Village, Connecticut with Peter Megargee Brown (her husband) who is also an author of some non-fiction books about his life. He was an attorney who prosecuted organized crime. To spread a little more happy worldwide, she has put together Happiness Weekend retreats that take place all over the country. Stoddard is recognized as the originator of the movement to make people happier. Her teachings of living happily and beautifully and spiritually has led to her doing interviews with Katie Couric, Oprah Winfrey, and Barbara Walters. She has also hosted Homes Across America. She also writes pieces, been featured in profiles, and essays, for magazines and other publications worldwide.

“Living the Beautiful Life” is one of Alexandra Stoddard’s books where she talks about how to make your life better. The book draws on wisdom that comes down throughout time and deals with life in two ways. Philosophically and practically. It is through rituals, celebrations, routines, and ceremonies that you will get through life happily. The main goal of her book is for her readers to live as though each and every day was a special one, and not to take anything for granted. The book teaches that instead of doing ALL housework during the weekends that you save the weekends for all your fun activities and instead, spread out your chores during the week.

One reader liked the book for the way it was able to change their life, and made them examine their daily routine a lot more closely. Some of the lessons (the ones that they could afford) were tried by some readers and they enjoyed doing each and every thing. The book offers a creative way to take care of everyday tasks and helps the housecleaning challenged. The book is not just full of great quotes, but also helpful information as well as great ideas. After reading the book, some readers found that they were able to turn the most mundane of tasks into the most interesting of activities.

Some readers found the book to be dated, as it is from the days well before smart phones and computers; the book came out in 1986. Some readers do not feel that she is from the same world as the rest of the world; instead she is from a select part and only those who share her perspective and come from the same culture will understand. That if you live near the ocean, you will be able to buy crab for your picnic; otherwise, landlocked people will not be so fortunate.

“Making Choices: The Joy of a Courageous Life” is a book by Alexandra Stoddard where she shows how to live a fulfilling life. In life, she says, you must at times take reasoned risks but also why it is necessary to take responsibility for what you have done. You must trust yourself and know yourself, likes, dislikes, fears, goals, dreams, and only then can you act on them and be the architect of your own life. The book also deals with forming relationships as adults. The book shows that a lot of times, what you want will take time and shows that you must not live passively.

“Style for Living” is a book of designing tips by Alexandra Stoddard. It focuses on helping the reader design their room with the intention of living in it in the most peaceful, joyous manner possible. Remember: it is your room, and you will have to be in it. It’s probably for the best if you actually enjoy being in the room. In some cases, she says it is best to fill the room with things you like. She takes you through the ins and outs of designing a room, from the paint colors, furniture, and anything else you may want to put in your room.

Readers all say that Stoddard’s books may not be something you base your entire life around, but they are full of great advice that you can pick from and make your own life better. Or at the very least, makes you examine your life and try to change some things around. The books are full of nice quotes that provide nice contentment for readers. Books provide food for people’s souls. Every time a reader will go back and re-read something she has written, they find something new to think over, or to rethink. Most readers of these books say that the words found within stick with the reader for many years, and they are always recommending that people read these books.

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