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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Sheehy Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9780062309204
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The author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages returns with her inspiring memoir—a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist in the 1960s to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all to one of the premier political profilers of modern times.

Candid, insightful, and powerful, Daring: My Passages is the story of the unconventional life of a writer who dared to walk New York City streets with hookers and pimps to expose violent prostitution, to march with civil rights protesters in Northern Ireland as British paratroopers opened fire, to seek out Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat when he was targeted for death after making peace with Israel.

Always on the cutting edge of social issues, Gail Sheehy reveals the obstacles and opportunities encountered when she dared to blaze a trail in a “man’s world.” Daring is also a beguiling love story of Sheehy’s tempestuous romance with and eventual happy marriage to Clay Felker, the charismatic creator of New York magazine. As well, Sheehy recounts her audacious pursuit and intimate portraits of many twentieth-century leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Presidents George H. W. and George W. Bush, and the world-altering attraction between Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Sheehy reflects on desire, ambition, and wanting it all—career, love, children, friends, social significance—and lays bare her major life passages: false starts and surprise successes, the shock of failures and inner crises; betrayal in a first marriage; life as a single mother; flings of an ardent, liberated young woman; her adoption of a second daughter from a refugee camp; marriage to the love of her life and their ensuing years of happiness, even in the shadow of illness.

Now stronger than ever, Sheehy speaks from hard-won experience to today’s young women. Her fascinating, no-holds-barred story is a testament to guts, resilience, smarts, and daring and offers a bold perspective on all of life’s passages.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The love story of two superstars in the final great moment of American magazine journalism.”

    Tom Wolfe, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Bonfire of the Vanities

  • Daring: My Passages by Gail Sheehy is the anecdotal life of a pioneering and hardworking journalist who plunges into everything with energy and curiosity. After a lifetime of writing about other people, she takes on the most difficult assignment: herself. It’s an irresistible read.”

    Gloria Steinem, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Revolution from Within

  • “Gail Sheehy’s work always combines the care of a scholar and the sensibility of a novelist. Her memoir is a thrilling read.”

    Erica Jong, New York Times bestselling author of Fear of Flying

  • “[Sheehy] looks back on her remarkable life with unflinching candor.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[Sheehy’s] exuberance leaps off the page as she maps out her professional highs—interviews with world leaders, her bestseller Passages—against the backdrop of a failed first marriage and her decades-long relationship with New York magazine founder Clay Felker. A-”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Daring is an inspiring portrait of a resilient woman who fought hard to live an authentic life—and won.”


  • “Remarkable…a fascinating narrative…as [Sheehy] tries to make sense of everything she’s done—her work, her travels, her wild giddy adventures, her sometimes intensely painful experiences.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Ardent, approachable, forthright, and empathetic.. a riveting account of one woman’s exhilarating trajectory, a page-turning, powerhouse testament to resilience, perseverance, and hope.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Sheehy is best known for Passages, a New York Times bestseller about milestone moments in adult life that was named by the Library of Congress one of the ten most influential books of our times. Here’s a reminder that she is also a veteran journalist who has served as contributing editor to Vanity Fair for three decades, won the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Award seven times, and profiled everyone from Bill and Hillary Clinton to Iraqi president Saddam Hussein—thus breaking ground for women in journalism. We also hear about her marriage to New York magazine creator Clay Felker.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrator Bernadette Dunn, with her sturdy vocal personality and a captivating performance, delivers Sheehy’s story with the stature and strength that a memoir from such an iconic author demands. Listeners will feel the force of Sheehy’s character and her lifelong drive to not let demeaning stereotypes of women keep her from her life’s work. Dunn is especially sensitive interpreting dialogue and rolling with the subtle shifts in tone and momentum that make Sheehy’s writing so absorbing. With the pathos it deserves, she captures the book’s metatheme—the fascinating intersection of Sheehy’s brave career path and her lifelong refusal to deny any part of what it means to be a woman. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. Finalist for the 2015 Audie Award.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick of September 2014
  • Finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir Narration
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
Author Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is the world-renowned author of more than a dozen books, including Passages, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than three years and has been reprinted in twenty-eight languages. As a literary journalist, Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America for her in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders, including both President Bushes, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich, and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.