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: 246,724
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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How Reading Changed My Life 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 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!