Hope and Humor Mom
It's a memoir
Her voice and accent threw me at first, but you couldn't help feeling her personal connection to the words she was reciting.
Hard to choose... I like the idea of death described as a bird flying away, leaving the cage behind.
Prepare yourself for her thoughts on Catholicism if you are a catholic! Good to think about, hard to hear.
Anna Quindlen's voice is calming and so down to earth.
I couldn't wait to get back into the car to listen to her "talk to me". I related to so much of what she said.
I would listen to it again. The wisdom and wit from Anna Quindlen can be enjoyed and mused over many times!
The personal anecdotes were delightful and made the lessons she learned easy to assimilate.
Somehow, hearing it in her own voice made it seem like a conversation with an old friend and brought her stories to life.
All of the stories about her husband and their marriage really resonated with me.
I fully enjoyed this book and it gave me pause to remember and celebrate my own relationships with family and friends.
This book is so full of incredible observations and insight about life from a "boomer" woman's perspective! I laughed out loud...I shed tears...I saw some new light. Anna writes so many quotable passages...I had to get the Kindle version as well to re-enjoy the highlights!
Yes, in a year or so. Good visit
Yes, many. But I would need to look at my notes to post them
I really like memoirs, and I loved this one. I didn't even know who Anna Quindlen was before listening to this, but her story and more importantly, her insights were so enjoyable that it made a long car trip go quicker.
She is so real, and though in many ways a very different person than I am, there was plenty there to connect with. She was so likable.
I loved the accent, the pace and the delivery.
I would say so. I don't do that, but I suppose I could have.
I'm in my early 40's, and my mother is in her mid 60's. This book is more about the women of her generation, but I felt like it kind of helps me understand her a little more, even though the author is very different than her in many ways. This book is about women...the way we think, the relationships we have with one another and the men and children in our lives. It's about growing older and the different stages we pass through in our lives. I still want to recommend this one to my mother.
One of the ones I will listen to again.
She tells about her mundane life, she looks at it differently and so inspires me to look at mine in a different way.... to study my life so mine is not such a freeway but a casual road that is slow enough for me to enjoy...
Herself, she is getting older and looking back at life, seeing the changes that have happened so quickly yet took so long. I understand her way of thinking as a 40 something watching the world go by. Seeing the kids go off to college..... seeing the first grey hairs,,, watching the older generation die.... all these things may not happen to you but they are happening to someone you know and I really relate.
This is not the type of book one would make a movie about it is commentary.
First off, I have to say I was unprepared for Anna Quindlen’s voice. I think that, somehow, I had decided she sounded like Hope Davis (since Ms. Davis read Quindlen’s excellent novel Every Last One.) This made no sense of my part, but I was quite taken aback when she started narrating and I realized she had a kind of gravelly Noo Yawk (or Philly?) kind of voice. I just wasn’t expecting it, and it took me almost a full chapter to get over it and listen without thinking “Wow … this is what Anna Quindlen sounds like?” Of course, I might be the only one with this reaction but I had to mention it.
Anyway, with that out of the way, let me tell you about this book, which is basically musings on aging and reaching your mid-50s and beyond. It is basically a “here’s what I’ve learned over the years” book, but Quindlen is so gifted at talking like regular folks or your best girlfriends that the book never feels preachy or saccharine. Instead, she strikes just the right notes of “Jeez, we were dumb when we were young, weren’t we?” and “I’ve still not figured it out but I’m not stressing about it anymore.” Relating her own life experiences and roles (sibling in a Catholic home, student at an all-women’s college, “token” girl reporter for the New York Times, serious journalist, married woman for 35+ years, mother of three, novelist), Quindlen somehow manages to take her unique experiences and make them feel almost universal. Even though I’m not in my 50s yet, I could understand where Quindlen was coming from and loved hearing her views on the aging process. If you’re the target audience for this one, then I think it is a no brainer—find it and read it. If you’re not quite there yet, I still think you’ll find much of value in the book but, like wine, it will get better with age.
A different narrator might have made this better.
I usually get mysteries. I got this because she is famous and it was on sale. I will go back to mysteries.
She kind of had a whiney tone and I found the stories boring.
I didn't find any.
I'm sure a lot of people like this type of humor, just wasn't for me. Not that funny and kind of boring.
Love that Texas weather!
I only have the audio edition, and I love hearing Anna tell her story herself. I probably would not read the print version, given the choice.
There were many; the ongoing and repeated recognition of times and events and interactions that reminded me of my own story will make this book one I listen to over and over.
Anna reads her own words very well; in her apparently effortless style, she is like a close friend relating her story to me.
No, I enjoyed hearing it in bits and pieces...going back and hearing it again. It never gets old.