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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: Anna Quindlen Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9780739309308
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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 number one 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 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 TimesLoud 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, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Quindlen is an astonishingly graceful writer. San Francisco Examiner, about Living Out Loud
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 2/17/2014

    " Good read, because I agree with most everything she says! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 2/10/2014

    " If you've enjoyed Anna Quindlen's columns in the Times or Newsweek, you'll enjoy this collection. I found her very easy to read but thoughtful and at times funny. I hadn't seen her Times columns, but I do read her in Newsweek. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 2/9/2014

    " I love Anna Quindlen's writing style! She has a very unique and elegant way of expressing ideas. While I don't always agree with her opinions, I always enjoy reading them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Shields-Szostak | 2/3/2014

    " 1st edition, signed by author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/29/2014

    " A bit crazy liberal for me, but some common sense thrown in too for balance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/29/2014

    " This is a compilation of columns by Anna Quindlen written at the turn of the century...1999-2003. She writes intelligently about the issues of the day, which of course, includes the 9/11 tragedy as she is a New York. My favorite piece was about alcohol and the fact that it is a drug that isn't treated like one by our society. She is a progressive (trying to avoid the pejorative "liberal") thinker. Her sensibilities are pretty much in line with my own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/26/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kolette | 1/25/2014

    " you don't have to agree with her politically to get wrapped up in her beautiful, clever and insightful look at reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tam | 1/18/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 1/15/2014

    " could not get into reading a collection of her columns "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 12/25/2013

    " Loved these collected gems by Anna Quindlen. The selection about her mom makes me cry everytime I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Mader | 12/14/2013

    " A little uneven, to be expected in this sort of compilation, but I find her view on most matters worth the read, and she can write beautifully. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 10/3/2013

    " This book was published a lot longer ago than I realized, and was too dated to enjoy. I found her lacking humor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann | 7/23/2013

    " I rarely start a book and don't finish it, but this one I'm half way through and setting aside. Maybe I'm reading it too late but her views are too obvious. Fails to be thought-provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 7/13/2013

    " A collection from her columns, about what she cares about the most from the 90's and early 2000's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 6/17/2013

    " I used this book in my Honors Composition II class. It contains articles from Quindlen's time at Newsweek. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 9/18/2012

    " I do like her style of writing but not what she wrote about in this book. I think I'll stick to her fictional writing from now on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 8/9/2012

    " Enjoyed the personal views and insights into every day life in America and the feelings of a reporter during and after 9-11. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad Burch | 7/17/2012

    " collection of non-fiction essays summarizing life as she lives and sees it.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Seely | 5/23/2012

    " I enjoyed it. See the first review on the page. It sums up my opinion of Anna Quindlen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lhymowitz | 10/29/2011

    " Great collection of essays by Anna Quindlen. I laughed and cried repeatedly. This is fabulous - get this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 10/4/2011

    " Anna Quindlen is my personal role model as writer. Elegant, lithe prose wrapped around profound ideas. I'd read many of these pieces as columns, but it was nice to revisit them again, especially since many of them--although written 15 years ago--were fresh and important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamra | 5/7/2011

    " This book made me proud to be a feminist. So many changes i the lives of women that are just taken for granted and did not exist in my day. ///quindleb us the voice for many of us who feel her feelings but cannot express them so well "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrinka | 2/18/2011

    " Anna Quindlen is impressive! She is bold, she is sensible, she is compassionate, she is positive, and she offers a fresh and brave perspective. Her voice and heart combine with such a warm astuteness that she always garners my respect while also stirring my approach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/20/2010

    " Of-course I enjoyed this collection of columns because I agree with nearly everything AQ writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 9/12/2010

    " collection of non-fiction essays summarizing life as she lives and sees it.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 8/31/2010

    " Anna Quindlen is my personal role model as writer. Elegant, lithe prose wrapped around profound ideas. I'd read many of these pieces as columns, but it was nice to revisit them again, especially since many of them--although written 15 years ago--were fresh and important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/30/2010

    " Every new mom should read Quindlen's non-fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/21/2010

    " Am I allowed to put audio books on here? Well, I'm putting this one on here....

    Some of Anna Quindlen's essays are incredibly compelling to me -- her essays on September 11 are heartfelt and touching. Other essays seem preachy and overly dramatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 8/9/2010

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    This is the first non-fiction i read of Quindlen, I love her style and subject matter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/7/2010

    " A collection from her columns, about what she cares about the most from the 90's and early 2000's.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 4/16/2010

    " Good read, because I agree with most everything she says! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 4/2/2010

    " Quindlen is one of my favorite writers, and this volume doesn't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/29/2010

    " I really enjoy Quindlen's novels but I LOVE her essays. This is a really good collection, particularly the essays about September 11. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 V | 3/2/2010

    " Came highly recommended, but I didn't dig it at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamra | 2/22/2010

    " This book made me proud to be a feminist. So many changes i the lives of women that are just taken for granted and did not exist in my day. ///quindleb us the voice for many of us who feel her feelings but cannot express them so well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 12/3/2009

    " America's resident sane person-so bright and true "

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About the Author
Author Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at the New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections. She currently lives in New York with her husband and children.