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Book Title: Living Out Loud|
ISBN 13: 9780804105279
The author of the book: Anna Quindlen
Edition: Ivy Books
Date of issue: September 30th 1989
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Before Anna Quindlen became an award winning novelist, she was a syndicated columnist for the New York Times. Joining the newspaper right out of college and rising through its ranks relatively quickly, Quindlen wrote a "Life in the Thirties" column once a week for the paper, offering her take on anything from childrearing and feminism to growing up Catholic and memories both good and bad from her youth. Needing a book written by an author with the last name Q to complete an A to Z author challenge this year, I naturally turned to Quindlen, one of my favorite contemporary authors today. Living Out Loud takes me back to a time when Quindlen was a young mother in her thirties and balancing work, family, and everything in between.
If the feminist movement wanted a poster child for cracking the glass ceiling, it could look no further than Anna Quindlen. A graduate of Vassar College, Quindlen went on to be a reporter and then human interest columnist for the New York times. Before graduating, she took on the role of freshman dormitory counselor, mentoring first year students in everything from abortions and birth control to what major would land them a quality job upon graduation. Quindlen became a full time student within a year following her mother's passing. As the eldest of five children in an Irish Catholic family, Quindlen was expected to stay home until marriage to assist her father with the raising of her four younger siblings. Yet, she desired much more than just marriage, and, after procuring a full time housekeeper, Quindlen enrolled at Vassar and made her way in the world. After landing a job at the Times, she purchased a three room studio apartment and became a city person and quality columnist, never looking back, eventually winning a Pulitzer in journalism for her efforts before turning to the novel writing that we know so well today.
Over the years I have enjoyed reading Quindlen's nonfiction essays and how to on life books as well as novels such as Black and Blue and more recently Miller's Valley. I found it refreshing to read this collection of essays from when she was close in age to where I am now with two young children at home, grappling whether to work or to become a full time home maker. Quindlen dealt with many of the issues that many young mothers have always dealt with including birthday parties, whether to give kids sugar, how many kids to have, and balancing both work and kids and giving each kid enough attention so they all experience their parents' love in full. I found her columns on Sesame Street and The Royal Wedding Pig-Out to be full of her dry, witty humor that I have grown fond of over the years, and could see glimpses throughout the collection of the award winning columnist that she grew to be.
In addition to tips on balancing being a working woman and mother, Quindlen also tackles serious issues of the day such as abortion, birth control, capital punishment, and genetic diseases. While Quindlen is a feminist, she is also a cultural Catholic, and both she and her husband take a middle of the road stance on abortion, at least they did thirty years ago upon publication of this collection. After reporting on two groups of pregnant teenagers, one low income in the city and another affluent in the suburbs, Quindlen notes how the economically advantageous group still could have a bright future whereas the lower income group would be forced to bare their children and continue the cycle of poverty. In columns Execution and A Sick Friend, she offers her views on retribution and the death penalty as well as AIDS, which was a hot button issue during the late 1980s. In each instance, she offers quality arguments as to her stance on these issues, providing her readers with a well thought out, grounded look at life in general.
Today Anna Quindlen is a veteran author of many books. At the time of publication of this collection of columns, she was working on her first novel Object Lessons. She turned to book rather than column writing because the deadlines were not as strict, allowing her more time at home with her children. While I have enjoyed her many novels and, as a stay at home mother by choice, value her decision, I also enjoyed this collection of newspaper columns. Tackling everything from hot button issues of the day to parenting, Quindlen offers a unique look at life, which I enjoyed reading immensely. Thankfully, I have not yet read her full body of work so that I can save another book of hers for next year's A to Z author challenge.
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Read information about the authorANNA QUINDLEN is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.
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