Daring: My Passages

Daring: My Passages

by Gail Sheehy


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The author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages returns with her inspiring memoir—a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times.

Candid, insightful, and powerful, Daring: My Passages is the story of the unconventional life of a writer who dared . . . to walk New York City streets with hookers and pimps to expose violent prostitution; to march with civil rights protesters in Northern Ireland as British paratroopers opened fire; to seek out Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat when he was targeted for death after making peace with Israel.

Always on the cutting edge of social issues, Gail Sheehy reveals the obstacles and opportunities encountered when she dared to blaze a trail in a “man’s world.” Daring is also a beguiling love story of Sheehy’s tempestuous romance with and eventual happy marriage to Clay Felker, the charismatic creator of New York magazine. As well, Sheehy recounts her audacious pursuit and intimate portraits of many twentieth-century leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Presidents George H. W. and George W. Bush, and the world-altering attraction between Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Sheehy reflects on desire, ambition, and wanting it all—career, love, children, friends, social significance—and lays bare her major life passages: false starts and surprise successes, the shock of failures and inner crises; betrayal in a first marriage; life as a single mother; flings of an ardent, liberated young woman; her adoption of a second daughter from a refugee camp; marriage to the love of her life and their ensuing years of happiness, even in the shadow of illness.

Now stronger than ever, Sheehy speaks from hard-won experience to today’s young women. Her fascinating, no-holds-barred story is a testament to guts, resilience, smarts, and daring, and offers a bold perspective on all of life’s passages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062291707
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/23/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 1,305,620
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gail Sheehy is the author of seventeen books, including the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress. A multiple-award-winning literary journalist, she was one of the original contributors to New York magazine and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. A popular lecturer, Sheehy was named AARP's Ambassador of Caregiving in 2009.


New York City and Berkeley, California

Date of Birth:

November 27, 1937


B.A., University of Vermont; M.A., Columbia School of Journalism

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Pygmalion Years

Chapter 1 Do I Dare? 3

Chapter 2 Crossroads of a Million Private Lives 16

Chapter 3 False Starts 29

Chapter 4 Deceptions 41

Chapter 5 Seduction at the Algonquin 50

Chapter 6 Love and Death in the Year America Came Apart 55

Chapter 7 Failing Up 67

Chapter 8 The New York Family 80

Chapter 9 "I'll Make You a Star" 92

Chapter 10 Hiding Out at Woodstock 103

Chapter 11 Playing House 116

Chapter 12 Fear of Feminism 125

Chapter 13 Women Helping Women 136

Chapter 14 Redpants and Regrets 139

Chapter 15 Secret of Grey Gardens 150

Chapter 16 Fighting Irish Women 157

Chapter 17 Kissinger and the Kitchen Wars 168

Chapter 18 Stepping off the Pedestal 182

Part 2 The Passages Years

Chapter 19 Lovebirds 197

Chapter 20 Birthing Passages 210

Chapter 21 Fear of Failure or Fear of Success? 222

Chapter 22 Fatal Attraction 235

Chapter 23 Power Fever 241

Chapter 24 Murdoch Makes His Move 254

Chapter 25 For the Love of Editors 270

Chapter 26 The Mission That Found Me 280

Chapter 27 Separations 292

Chapter 28 Discovering Mohm 298

Chapter 29 A Passage for Keeps 310

Chapter 30 Finding a New Voice at Vanity Fair 316

Chapter 31 Start-Ups 330

Chapter 32 Two Who Changed the World 341

Chapter 33 The Silent Passage 359

Chapter 34 Lions and Toads 374

Part 3 The Bonus Years

Chapter 35 The Happiness Prescription 381

Chapter 36 The Hillary Decade 392

Chapter 37 Recurrence 406

Chapter 38 New Millennium, New Baby 414

Chapter 39 Losing Clay 420

Chapter 40 Losing Myself 429

Chapter 41 All That Jazz 442

Chapter 42 Coming Back 449

Acknowledgments 461

Credits 465

Index 467

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Daring: My Passages 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Gail Sheehy's book Daring: My Passages: A Memoir is an interesting read.  I remember reading Passages and that was phenomenal and  beyond a bestseller.  This one was interestng as it gave new insight on well known historical and popular persons and events.  She  shares with the reader her life from childhood through her adulthood.  It is interesting and readable.  I enjoyed reading it.  I enjoyed  reading it.  I recommend it to all.
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