From the book jacket:
The essays in this collection were first written for Newsweek and
the New York Times, and cover topics ranging from social change to raising
the political and emotional aftermath of September 11 to personal values.
I don't always agree with Quindlen but I do
appreciate her point of view and admire her courage in raising issues, sometimes at times when others would
rather she kept quiet . This series of essays cover a range of subjects from youth
culture to gun control, from overscheduled children to homeless
children, personality and polities, women's health issues, Barbie and,
of course, arguably her most famous, or notorious (depending on your
viewpoint) essays about Iraq.
"Quindlen divides the essays by themeheart,...
Beyond the Book
Anna Quindlen is the author of four novels (Blessings
, and Object Lessons
) and at least six nonfiction books
A Short Guide
to a Happy Life
. She has also written two children's books
That Came to Stay
and Happily Ever After
). Her New York Times column,
"Public and Private" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Her
column now appears every other week in Newsweek.
Some Quindlen quotes:
~ A finished person is a boring person.
~ A man who builds his own pedestal had better use strong cement.
~ The thing that is really hard, and really...