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.
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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.
Hometown:New York City and Berkeley, California
Date of Birth:November 27, 1937
Education: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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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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