How Reading Changed My Life

How Reading Changed My Life

by Anna Quindlen


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How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

THE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT is a groundbreaking series where America's finest writers and most brilliant minds tackle today's most provocative, fascinating, and relevant issues. Striking and daring, creative and important, these original voices on matters political, social, economic, and cultural, will enlighten, comfort, entertain, enrage, and ignite healthy debate across the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345422781
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1998
Series: Library of Contemporary Thought
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 342,191
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Anna Quindlen is the author of two bestselling novels, Object Lessons and One True Thing. Her New York Times column "Public and Private  won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and a selection of these columns was published as Thinking Out Loud. She is also the author of a collection of the "Life in the '30s  columns, Living Out Loud, and two children's books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

July 8, 1952

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A., Barnard College, 1974

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The Reading Lists from Anna Quindlen's How Reading Changed My Life:

10 Big Thick Wonderful Books that Could Take You a Whole Summer to Read (But Aren't Beach Books)

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The Forstyte Saga by John Galsworthy

Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope

Sophie's Choice by William Styron

Henry and Clara by Thomas Mallon

Underworld by Don DeLillo

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

10 Non Fiction Books That Help Us Understand the World

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbons

The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam

Lenin's Tomb by David Remnick

Lincoln by David Herbert Douglas

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

How We Die by Sherwin Nuland

The Unredeemed Captive by John Demos

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

The Power Broker by Robert Caro

10 Books that will Help a Teenager Feel More Human

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Lost In Place by Mark Salzman

What's Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges

The World According to Garp by John Irving

Bloodbrothers by Richard Price

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers

The 10 Books I Would Save in a Fire (If I Could Only Save 10)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats

The Collected Plays of William Shakespeare

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Ten Books for a Girl Who is Full of Beans (Or Ought to Be)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Julius the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes

Betsy in Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

The BFG by Ronald Dahl

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Catherine Known As Birdy by Katherine Paterson

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Ten Mystery Novels I'd Most Like to Find in a Summer Rental

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P. D. James

Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard

Dancers in Mourning by Margery Allingham

The Way Through the Woods by Colin Dexter

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre

10 Books Recommended by a Really Good Elementary School Librarian

The View From Saturday by E.L. Koningsburg

Frindle by Andrew Clements

My Daniel by Pan Conrad

The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick

Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

No Flying in the House by Betty Brock

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Gannett Stiles

Habibi by Naomi Nye

Mudpies and Other Recipes: A Cookbook for Dolls by Marjorie Winslow

The Story of May by Mordecai Gerstein

10 Good Book Club Selections

Fraud by Anita Brookner

Charming Billy by Alice McDermott

The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton

The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Paris Trout by Pete Dexter

Eden Close by Anita Shreve

10 Modern Novels that Made Me Proud to be a Writer

The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks

White Noise by Don DeLillo

Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser

True Confessions by John Gregory Dunne

The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

The French Lieutennant's Woman by John Fowles

Falconer by John Cheever

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Information by Martin Amis

Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth

10 of the Books My Exceptionally Well-Read Friend Ben says He's Taken the Most From

Herzog by Saul Bellow

Coming Up for Air by George Orwell

Something of an Achievement by Gwyn Griffin

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

The Moon and a Sixpence by Somerset Maugham

Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey

Heretics by G.K. Chesterton

The Wapshot Chronicles by John Cheever

(With addendum: Now I can't believe I settled for that list. What about
William Maxwell's The Folded Leaf, or Elizabeth Bowen's The House in Paris? )

Books I Just Love to Read, And Always Will

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

My Antonia by Willa Cather

The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Group by Mary McCarthy

The Blue Swallows by Howard Nemerov (poetry)

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

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How Reading Changed My Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
catwak More than 1 year ago
My apologies to Anna Quindlen, whose writing (and opinions) I admire greatly. However, I believe that reviewing this item as if it were a full-length book (which the B&N website did within the past week) approaches deceptive advertising. I like Anna Quindlen's work so much that I probably would have bought this brief piece anyway. Nevertheless, because the stated function of customer reviews is to give readers an informed choice, I am providing the information that Barnes & Noble has chosen not to disclose, along with a rating to alert others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never read anything by Ms. Quindlen before this book. But she won the Pulitzer in 1992 for her NY Times column. First, my English teacher gave me this book since I read a really lot, and no one really does anymore. Ms. Quindlen showed me that it really doesn't matter if you want to read all the time, since people like her and Oprah, and look how they turned out. Anyway, Ms. Qunidlen told us about her love of reading and all of the books she read, from Galsworthy's 'The Forsyte Saga', Dicken's 'Bleak House', and Juster's 'The Phantom Tollbooth.' Her reading lists at the end always give me some sugestion for my next read. She tells us how no one, not her friends, parents, and other people never understood the way she loved books. She told how some people had the wrong idea about literature. For example, the novel 'Tristam Shandy.' She also expressed her fear that books might be going, but will never be replaced by computers, even though it is feared. But mostly she says how reading saved her sanity, life, and loves. It was a great book, one that I will always hang on to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. This was a short, but fun book to read. I would recommend it to anyone that has an interest in reading, or books. The book was full of interesting facts, and information about reading and the current trend. It¿s also help a self-proclaimed ¿book-addict¿ feel normal, because this books showed me that there are plenty of people that share a similar love for books that I have. I would give this book a five out of five, and would read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't read classics as Anna talks about in this book. However, all you need is to be a reader to enjoy her views on books. I loved how she talked about books read on-line and actually holding a book when you read. There's no comparison to holding and feeling a book in your hands. How wonderful to pick up and thumb through a book. Books are here to stay or at least I hope they are. I also enjoyed the talk of banned books and views on the subject...Wow, how funny was that! I think this is a must read for readers. I was given this book at a bookcrossing meetup and can't say enough about it! It's amazing that this book found me since this is nothing I would normally read!
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
If you love books, or Anna Quindlen, you should enjoy this book. And if you are fans of both, please don't miss it!! Although I have seen complaints about the shortness of this book, I understand that Quindlen's book is one in a series by a number of writers who tell what books have meant to their lives. It is just a little dated at this point, but it's still quite relevant. As a lifelong bibliophile, I couldn't put it down! 
AbbyR on LibraryThing 12 days ago
I loved this book - Quindlen speaks for everyone who loves books and reading and hopes to pass on the legacy.