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Bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and social critic Anna Quindlen balances the political with the personal, painting a more realistic picture of modern life by placing national affairs side by side with people’s daily lives. Millions of readers have followed her astute perspectives on today’s issues, from family, work, and education to health care, philanthropy, and social justice.
Twelve of Quindlen’s books, including seven of her novels, have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list. One True Thing became a feature film starring Renee Zellweger and Meryl Streep, and Black and Blue was made into TV movies. Her book, A Short Guide to A Happy Life, sold well over one million copies.
Her latest New York Times Best Seller, Miller’s Valley, debuted at #6. “[Miller’s Valley] is overwhelmingly moving,” said The New York Times. “Quindlen makes her characters so richly alive, so believable, that it’s impossible not to feel every doubt and dream they harbor, or share every tragedy that befalls them.”
Quindlen’s memoir on aging, Lots Of Candles, Plenty Of Cake debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Her follow-up NYT best seller, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, debuted at #3.
One of the top “100 Outstanding Journalists in the United States of the Last 100 Years,” Quindlen began her career at age 18 as a copy girl. She spent three years as a reporter for The New York Post before moving to The New York Times in 1977. Working her way up The Times’ masthead, Quindlen wrote the “About New York” column, served as deputy metropolitan editor, and created the weekly “Life in the 30’s” column.
In 1990, Quindlen became the third woman in The New York Times’ history to write for its influential Op-Ed page. Her nationally syndicated column “Public and Private” won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992, and then, Quindlen wrote the “Last Word” column for Newsweek for 10 years.
Quindlen serves on the Board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and is an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow. The Child Welfare League of America established "The Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism on Behalf of Children and Families.” She holds honorary degrees from more than 20 colleges and universities.
Women in the 21st Century: The Balancing Act
The greatest social revolution in the last 50 years has been the changing status of women, in America and around the world. They now make up more than half of our work force, and dominate medical, law and journalism schools. So why has it been so hard for so many to find a balance between old roles and new ones? A call for a new paradigm–and for a men’s revolution in gender roles as well.
Why Media Matters
After a year of nonstop drama and unpredictable turns, from the Presidential Election to Russian influence and voter tampering, social media as news outlet has made it difficult to separate the real news from the fake.
With so much coverage of current events on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, many people have forgotten that the stories they care about most are still produced by more conventional sources. It is reporters and editors who reveal the concrete facts, who do the hard digging to bring us the truth. But without them, a Democracy can’t survive.
Health Care in an Information Age: How Doctors, Nurses and Consumers Can Make One Another Better
Stuff is Not Salvation: The Opportunity For Personal Growth in a Troubled Economy
Americans have focused on how to survive this downturn. But what about how to thrive because of it? Some are reappraising the recent past and concluding that many of us consumed instead of living. Is this an opportunity to reassess our priorities, as a nation and as individuals? And will a less affluent America be a happier one?
How Reading and Writing Will Ensure Our Democracy
It’s no accident that Hitler ordered book burnings. Reading and writing break down the walls between people, and bring down the big lies of demagoguery. That’s why a literate United States is a more tolerant and more democratic United States, and why a thirst for words may be the greatest legacy we hand down to our kids.
A User's Guide to Democracy
Doing Well By Doing Good
Scientists have found that those who perform community service feel better than their peers, and that those who feel better are more likely to give back to their communities. In addition, the current generation of 20-somethings is the most philanthropic generation in American history, and America is the most philanthropic country in the world. Why charity has become our bedrock–and why that’s so good for everyone.
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The Good-Enough Parent: Why We’re Making Ourselves – and Our Children – Crazy
Starting with Dr. Spock in the 60s, Americans have been bombarded about information on raising healthy kids. But all the research about the effects of nurturing have left many people micromanaging parenthood more—and enjoying it less. And what is to become of children whose parents have overseen everything from their homework to their college choices? A cogent call for sanity.
The Next Generation of Americans: Philanthropic, Tolerant, Better Than Ever
Johnny Won’t Read: A Primer on Books and the Future of America
Too many parents complain that their kids don’t read. That’s not just a problem for them, but for all of us. Reading helps us be more tolerant, more inclusive, and more able to surmount the challenges of our own lives. One lifelong reader ruminates on how to make it habit-forming.
Is 60 the New 40: Middle-Age or Midlife?
Life expectancy in the United States has increased by more than a decade since the baby boomers were born. That offers terrific opportunities for reinvention–and new challenges for independence and good health. But can the boomers reinvent themselves as elders when they’ve been so wedded to staying young?
An Evening with Anna Quindlen