With her trademark insight and her special ability to convey the impact public events have on ordinary lives, Quindlen here combines commentary on American society and the world at large with reflections on being a woman, a writer, and a mother. In these pieces, first written for Newsweek and The New York Times, Loud and Clear takes on topics ranging from social change to raising children, from the political and emotional aftermath of September 11 to personal values, from the impact on individuals of global events to the growth that can be gained by spending summer days staring into the middle distance. Grounding the public in the private, connecting people to each other and to the greater world, Quindlen encourages us to develop authentic lives, even as she serves as a catalyst for political and social change.
"Anna Quindlen's beat is life, and she's one hell of a terrific reporter," said Susan Isaacs, and Quindlen's unique qualities of understanding and discernment can be found in every part of this provocative and inspiring book.
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"Anna Quindlen...has the ability to speak to many people about what's on their minds before they have the vaguest idea of what's on their minds." (The New York Times)
"Quindlen continues to unscramble gnarly social issues with splendid clarity and pithiness, wit and compassion, and uncommon common sense." (Booklist)
Loud and Clear was, at its base, a good book. Quindlen writes about being a mother, a working mother, living in New York, being a writer, and a host of other modern conditions.
The reader was well suited for this book (I actually had to re-check the narrator name because I thought Quindlen may have read it herself!). She presented the material as if it were her own and gave it a cool personality.
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