cover image What I Know Now: Simple Lessons Learned the Hard Way

What I Know Now: Simple Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Sarah Ferguson. Simon & Schuster, $16 (192pp) ISBN 978-0-7432-4612-5

In her latest volume, a collection of""small tales"" and personal reflections, Ferguson reveals her hard-won, earthy and proverbial philosophy of life. The 46 lessons herein (""Finding Empathy,""""Choosing Battles,""Slowing Down"") are commonsensical enough be called self-evident: in her short reminiscences, Fergie explains that we sometimes eat for reasons that have nothing to do with hunger, that beauty comes from within and that it's important to take time to stop and smell the flowers (or stare at the pheasants), have good manners, laugh readily and breathe deeply. When she explains that she rented a four-bedroom country house to learn how to""live small,"" or that she engaged Geri Halliwell's yoga teacher (""I rang up Katyana and asked if she could take a month teach me, too"") to learn the benefits of""breathing deep,"" readers may wonder just how hard it all was. Still, there's a lot to admire about the gutsy Ferguson, and for serious Royal-watchers, there are enough fun tidbits (e.g., the""hen night"" when she and Princess Diana donned wigs and police uniforms and got arrested outside Buckingham Palace) to keep the preaching fun.