Living Out Loud

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The voice is Anna Quindlen's. But we know the hopes, dreams, fears, and wonder expressed in all her columns, for most of us share them. With her New York Times-based column, "Life In The 30s," Anna Quindlen valued to national attention, and this wonderful collection shows why.

As she proved in Object Lessons and Thinking Out Loud, Anna Quindlen's views always fascinate.

Each week in her syndicated...

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Overview

The voice is Anna Quindlen's. But we know the hopes, dreams, fears, and wonder expressed in all her columns, for most of us share them. With her New York Times-based column, "Life In The 30s," Anna Quindlen valued to national attention, and this wonderful collection shows why.

As she proved in Object Lessons and Thinking Out Loud, Anna Quindlen's views always fascinate.

Each week in her syndicated New York Times column, Anna Quindlen talked about growing up, having children, running into old boy/girlfriends, dealing with aging parents and growing older herself. Living Out Loud is a collection sure to collect hordes of baby boomer fans.

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Herald

A books that brings a most refreshing message home with substance as well as style...Quindlen integrates memories of her childhood and observations of adulthood in such a way that make her just the sort of friend you wish you'd kept in touch with. -- Boston Herald

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"In this collection of syndicated columns, based in the New York Times and called 'Life in the 30s,' Quindlen gives ample evidence of why her reflections about herself, the progress of her life and feelings, resonate in a large readership,'' observed PW. "There is universal appeal in her experiences of the contemporary world, which she covers with elan and insight.'' (Nov.)
Library Journal
From "I Am a Catholic'' to "I Don't Like That Nightgown,'' this collection of Quindlen's "Life in the 30s'' columns from the New York Times is a very personal book. More than 60 columns offer a "thirty-somethingesque'' view of life and portray Quindlen in her various roles. If readers occasionally flinch at the private subject matter, they must also applaud Quindlen's writing style and journalistic grace. (On Nautilus equipment: "it . . . bears such a remarkable resemblance to a delivery room apparatus that every time I get into it I think someone is going to yell "push!' and I will have another baby.'') Quindlen is expecting her third child this year, and, as she plans to take a break from writing, this collection is all the more important. Jo Cates, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804105279
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Quindlen
Anna Quindlen
Anna Quindlen is the author of five previous bestselling novels (Rise and Shine, Blessings, Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue), and seven nonfiction books (A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Good Dog. Stay., Being Perfect, Loud & Clear, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, and How Reading Changed My Life). Her New York Times column "Public and Private" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. From 2000-2009, She wrote the "Last Word" column for Newsweek.

Biography

Anna Quindlen could have settled onto a nice, lofty career plateau in the early 1990s, when she had won a Pulitzer Prize for her New York Times column; but she took an unconventional turn, and achieved a richer result.

Quindlen, the third woman to hold a place among the Times' Op-Ed columnists, had already published two successful collections of her work when she decided to leave the paper in 1995. But it was the two novels she had produced that led her to seek a future beyond her column.

Quindlen had a warm, if not entirely uncritical, reception as a novelist. Her first book, Object Lessons, focused on an Irish American family in suburban New York in the 1960s. It was a bestseller and a Times Notable Book of 1991, but was also criticized for not being as engaging as it could have been. One True Thing, Quindlen's exploration of an ambitious daughter's journey home to take care of her terminally ill mother, was stronger still—a heartbreaker that was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep. But Quindlen's fiction clearly benefited from her decision to leave the Times. Three years after that controversial departure, she earned her best reviews yet with Black and Blue, a chronicle of escape from domestic abuse.

Quindlen's novels are thoughtful explorations centering on women who may not start out strong, but who ultimately find some core within themselves as a result of what happens in the story. Her nonfiction meditations—particularly A Short Guide to a Happy Life and her collection of "Life in the 30s" columns, Living Out Loud—often encourage this same transition, urging others to look within themselves and not get caught up in what society would plan for them. It's an approach Quindlen herself has obviously had success with.

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To those who expressed surprise at Quindlen's apparent switch from columnist to novelist, the author points out that her first love was always fiction. She told fans in a Barnes & Noble.com chat, "I really only went into the newspaper business to support my fiction habit, but then discovered, first of all, that I loved reporting for its own sake and, second, that journalism would be invaluable experience for writing novels."

Quindlen joined Newsweek as a columnist in 1999. She began her career at the New York Post in 1974, jumping to the New York Times in 1977.

Quindlen's prowess as a columnist and prescriber of advice has made her a popular pick for commencement addresses, a sideline that ultimately inspired her 2000 title A Short Guide to a Happy Life. Quindlen's message tends to be a combination of stopping to smell the flowers and being true to yourself. Quindlen told students at Mount Holyoke in 1999, "Begin to say no to the Greek chorus that thinks it knows the parameters of a happy life when all it knows is the homogenization of human experience. Listen to that small voice from inside you, that tells you to go another way. George Eliot wrote, 'It is never too late to be what you might have been.' It is never too early, either. And it will make all the difference in the world."

Studying fiction at Barnard with the literary critic Elizabeth Hardwick, Quindlen's senior thesis was a collection of stories, one of which she sold to Seventeen magazine.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 8, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.A., Barnard College, 1974
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    The Pulitzer was for her Essays, not her novels!

    I've loved Anna Quindlen's writing style for years; this fantastic and diverse group of essays is well worth exploring for those who have only read her novels. Here, Ms. Quindlen explores numerous controversial topics while explaining her own personal convictions. I recommend this book enthusiastically and without reservation!

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