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Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. Her book "A Short Guide to a Happy Life" has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at "The New York Times" she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, "Living Out Loud "and" Thinking Out Loud." Her "Newsweek" columns were collected in "Loud and Clear." She is the author of six novels: "Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, "and" Every Last One."

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"A reporter by training, a storyteller at heart, [Quindlen's] writing is personal, humorous, and thought-provoking."--"The Seattle Post-Intelligencer"
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"Quindlen is an astonishingly graceful writer."--"San Francisco Examiner"

"Thank goodness for Anna Quindlen. [She] is smart. And compassionate. And witty. And wise."--"Detroit Free-Press"

"[Quindlen is] America's resident sane person."--"The New York Times"

A bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Anna Quindlen shares her thoughts on aging, family, marriage, and other slice-of-life topics in this reflective memoir. Although there's nothing startling or groundbreaking here, her wit and thoughtful insights on these universal issues will have listeners recognizing themselves and nodding their heads in agreement. As a narrator, Quindlen's performance is familiar and intimate: her voice brims over with warmth, wisdom, and self-deprecating humor, and she sound much like a friend who has stopped by for a visit and a cup of coffee. Fans of Quindlen and listeners in general will be more than glad to invite her in (via audiobook) to sit for a spell. A Random House hardcover. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Continuing in the tradition of the New York Times column that won her a Pulitzer Prize, Quindlen offers her baby boomer feminist's perspective on domestic life, motherhood, women's relationships, religious faith, the challenges of aging gracefully in our culture, and more. Quindlen is an insightful, engaging writer, and this is sure to please her many fans. VERDICT The author's narration serves the highly personal subject matter well, giving the illusion of eavesdropping on a wise friend's observations on life. ["Before she published six best-selling novels and wrote her million-copy best seller, A Short Guide to the Happy Life, Quindlen attracted eager readers with her Times column 'Life in the 30s.' Now she's in her fifties and ready to talk about women's lives as a whole," read the review of the Random hc, LJ 5/15/12.-Ed.]-Julie Judkins, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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