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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (694 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Quindlen Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this remarkable book, Anna Quindlen, one of America’s favorite novelists and a Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist, once again gives us wisdom, opinions, insights, and reflections about current events and modern life. “Always insightful, rooted in everyday experience and common sense…Quindlen is so good that even when you disagree with what she says, you still love the way she says it,” said People magazine about her #1 New York Times bestseller Thinking Out Loud, and the same can be said about Loud and Clear.

With her trademark insight and her special ability to convey the impact public events have on ordinary lives, Quindlen 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.

Quindlen’s unique qualities of understanding and discernment, everywhere evident in her previous bestsellers, including A Short Guide to a Happy Life and Living Out Loud, can be found on every page of this provocative and inspiring book.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Quindlen displays...an easy, elegant prose style and a canny eye for small details that reveal larger truths about people and society. Newsday, about Living Out Loud
  • Anna Quindlen is America’s Resident Sane Person. She has what Joyce called the common touch, the ability to speak to many people about what’s on their minds before they have the vaguest idea what’s on their minds. Patricia Volk, The New York Times, about Blessings
  • Quindlen...has earned her [Pulitzer] Prize and even sounds like somebody who would be fun to have to dinner. Boston Sunday Herald, about Thinking Out Loud
  • Quindlen is an astonishingly graceful writer. San Francisco Examiner, about Living Out Loud

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tam | 2/19/2014

    " I love this book. No real start or finish, just moments in time captured by Anna. It's a personal book of hers - not fictional. She has a nice cadence that feels like nurturing story-telling for adults. I recommend it to Mums, because a good part of it is about her life as a mother - either working or working from home or deciding how to work while being a Mum. Everything you think about in a coherent fashion - she really embraces the internal dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/3/2014

    " Thoughtful, engaging essays about real life for everyday people "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoy her columns on parenting, even though I don't always agree with her. A nice collection of essays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cindy Pierce | 1/17/2014

    " I read anything and everything that Anna Quindlen writes. She is so down-to-earth and clear about her experiences. I can relate on almost every level. Fantastic! "

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