Cathy Alter

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Cathy Alter is a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Self, Fitness, and McSweeney's. Her first book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood, was released in 2004.

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Up For Renewal


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Cathy Alter, author of "Up for Renewal," set out to transform her life by following the advice in women's magazines.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Avoid making excuses or standing in long lines.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. If I like you, I will be more loyal than a dog. I am also unfailingly on time.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. After superstar drummer, it would be archaeologist.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Slow walkers! Hurry up, people!

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. The never-ending grief of a loved one's death. Gee. Thanks for bringing me down.

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