In 1982, fresh out of college, Barbara Feinman Todd began her career as a copy aide at the Washington Post and was instantly hooked on the smell (cigarettes, newsprint), the noise (yelling editors, the clacking of typewriter keys), and the energy of the newsroom. At the Post, she worked for Bob Woodward, first as his research assistant in the paper’s investigative unit and later as his personal researcher for Veil, his bestselling book on the CIA.
A recommendation from Woodward led Feinman Todd to help his Watergate partner Carl Bernstein, who was working on finishing his memoir, Loyalties. She then assisted legendary editor Ben Bradlee on his acclaimed autobiography, A Good Life, and worked with First Lady Hillary Clinton on her bestselling book It Takes a Village. Feinman Todd’s involvement with Mrs. Clinton made headlines when the First Lady neglected to acknowledge her role in the creation of the book, and later, when a disclosure to Woodward about the Clinton White House turned up in one of his books. These events haunted Feinman Todd for the next two decades until she confronted her past and discovered something startling.
In her illuminating memoir—a compelling insider’s account reminiscent of This Town—Feinman Todd recalls these stories and more, offering a fresh, up-close look at government and journalism at the highest levels. Revealing what it’s like to get into the heads and hearts of some of our most compelling and powerful figures, Feinman Todd offers authentic portraits that go beyond the carefully polished public personas she helped them create. At its heart, Pretend I’m Not Here is a funny and poignant story of a young woman in a male-dominated world trying to find her own voice while eloquently speaking for others.
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About the Author
Patricia Pearson is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors and a humor columnist for Canada's National Post. She has won several journalism awards, including one for her first book, When She Was Bad. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two children, and Kevin the Dog.
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Somewhere between single girl Bridget Jones and working mother Kate Reddy is Frannie MacKenzie -- baffled, beleaguered and undeniably pregnant.
The one thought blazing through Frannie’s formerly trendy, savvy, sharp-tongued New York brain is that she wants to keep this baby -- despite her ultra-small apartment and not being completely sure how to spell the father’s name. Being pregnant is so out of character: how will she break it to her boss, her mother, let alone the father, Calvin Puddie (or is it Pudhey)?
Frannie’s problems multiply as she dives headlong into one hilarious complication after another: from being banned from the U.S. and marooned in Toronto, to actually falling in love with her baby’s father. “You don’t find the one, do you?” Frannie muses. “The best one, the Perfect One. You just keep running like Wil E. Coyote, until all of a sudden you’re off the cliff. You fall into your life with the man who is running beside you.”
In Playing House, Patricia Pearson has written a witty, heart-touching look at falling by accident into life’s most profound commitment. She deftly captures the self-doubt, messy bodily fluids and inconceivable love that accompany being a mother, and the trepidation and joy with which two people step across the threshold of parenthood and into a realm that is at once alien and completely right.
Author Biography: Patricia Pearson is a writer and mother who has won two National Magazine Awards, a National Author’s Award, and the Arthur Ellis Award for best true crime book for When She Was Bad. Pearson’s commentary appears regularly in the National Post and USA Today, as well as occasionally in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Times of London and the New York Observer.
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