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Bright Precious Thing

by Gail Caldwell

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Bright Precious Thing by Gail Caldwell
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  • Published Jul 2020
    208 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Let's Take the Long Way Home comes a moving memoir about how the women's movement revolutionized and saved her life, from the 1960s to the #MeToo era.

In a voice as candid as it is evocative, Gail Caldwell traces a path from her west Texas girlhood through her emergence as a young daredevil, then as a feminist—a journey that reflected seismic shifts in the culture itself. Caldwell's travels took her to California and Mexico and dark country roads, and the dangers she encountered were rivaled only by the personal demons she faced. Bright Precious Thing is the captivating story of a woman's odyssey, her search for adventure giving way to something more profound: the evolution of a writer and a woman, a struggle to embrace one's life as a precious thing.

Told against a contrasting backdrop of the present day, including the author's friendship with a young neighborhood girl, Bright Precious Thing unfolds with the same heart and narrative grace of Caldwell's Let's Take the Long Way Home, called "a lovely gift to readers" by the Washington Post. Bright Precious Thing is a book about finding, then protecting, what we cherish most.

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"A glistening reflection on how the women's movement profoundly influenced the Pulitzer Prize winner's life...Caldwell's fourth memoir sings. It's a song for the ages, but it sounds especially resonant in the #MeToo era." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[E]mpowering...Caldwell celebrates female resilience and basks in her love of her pet Samoyeds. This pleasant if slight entry works best as a companion to Caldwell's previous memoirs." - Publishers Weekly

"Caldwell presents an affecting, realistic argument for friendships and personal connections, particularly the enduring ones, which help us face what the author calls the 'mirage' at the end of our lives." - Library Journal

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Gail Caldwell Author Biography

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Gail Caldwell is the former chief book critic for the Boston Globe, where she was a staff writer and critic for more than twenty years. In 2001, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

She has written three memoirs, A Strong West Wind, Let's Take the Long Way Home, and New Life, No Instructions.

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