It may be just my age, as Quindlen is just a little older than I, but I felt like I was having coffee with my best read and most articulate friend.
Her husband seems like a lovely man, there aren't that many kind, supportive men in the literature I seem to choose.
She discusses how much she resented leaving college to care for her dying mother, and how her mother tried to give it a positive spin as something to write about later. i found that very moving, It reminded me so much of my own mother, and how much more comfortable mothers are giving than taking.
Realistically, this memoir will not appeal to everyone, but if you are of an age to have experienced the early years of the feminist movement, you will really enjoy this entertaining, happy read.
I've loved Quindlen's writing but she came off a bit self-satisfied here. Even when she's "criticizing" herself, she seems to be doing so in a way designed to remind us of how important she is, how much better than the rest of us. So surprising to me given that her other stuff always seemed so human.
To be fair, I only made it about 1/3 of the way in -- there's a description of other couples at a party that was the last straw, poor sniping unhappy stooges! -- so maybe it got better. Maybe it was her own flat reading of it. Hard to say, but I do not recommend. Obviously plenty of others do, so I must be missing something here!
Yes. I envision that I smiled softly, warmly, while listening. I know that I was nodding my head as I listened.
Highly recommend to 30 ish year old women who don't have that many older women in her life to get this kind of advice from. I love talking to older women that are willing to share about their ups and downs and turns along the way, fascinating.
I'm about the same age as Anna Quindlen (born in the early 50's), and I could relate to just about everyting she said. Very interesting analysis of the women's movement -- how we got here -- where we are -- and what we still need to do. The only thing I had a problem with was when she talked about our generation having to take care of our parents, and the idea that we shouldn't "become the parents" and tell them it's time to move into assisted living. She argues that they are adults and have the right to make their own decision. It's obvious she never had to make this decision (her own mother died when she was a young woman). She also wants to live right up until the end and then die peacefully in her sleep. Well.... who doesn't???!!! But it was a wonderful, wonderful book, and I really enjoyed listening to it. Not sure if it would appeal to other genders/generations, but it sure hit the mark with me.
A wonderfully written memoire in which the author shares her views on aging, generation gaps and what we can all learn from each other young or old. A delightful book to listen to.
I haven't read the print version, so I can't quite say.
Anna Quindlen, herself
Right on target.
The explanation of how puzzled were the lives of baby boomer women. They entered the world having experienced their 1940's/50's stay-at-home mothers who knew exactly what was expected of them, and then reinvented their lives via women's liberation, etc.
She is very down to earth. No frills, yet genuine.
Thoroughly enjoyable read!
Anna of course.
Anna's narration adds an extra touch of her personality to the story.
Laugh and cry.
yes. Lots of touching little episodes and phrases that I'd like to remember.
My memory is terrible, so I can't remember memorable moments.
I rarely rate and review, because it takes too long, but I did love this book.