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Overview The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author of such best-sellers as Object Lessons traces her lifelong love of the printed word and argues for the continued value of literature in a world enticed by images. Reissue.
Publishers Description THE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT is a groundbreaking series where America's finest writers and most brilliant minds tackle today's most provocative, fascinating, and relevant issues. Striking and daring, creative and important, these original voices on matters political, social, economic, and cultural, will enlighten, comfort, entertain, enrage, and ignite healthy debate across the country.
Anna Quindlen is the author of two bestselling novels, Object Lessons and One True Thing. Her New York Times column "Public and Private won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and a selection of these columns was published as Thinking Out Loud. She is also the author of a collection of the "Life in the '30s columns, Living Out Loud, and two children's books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After. The Reading Lists from Anna Quindlen's How Reading Changed My Life:
10 Big Thick Wonderful Books that Could Take You a Whole Summer to Read (But Aren't Beach Books)
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Forstyte Saga by John Galsworthy
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
Henry and Clara by Thomas Mallon
Underworld by Don DeLillo
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
10 Non Fiction Books That Help Us Understand the World
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbons
The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
Lenin's Tomb by David Remnick
Lincoln by David Herbert Douglas
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
How We Die by Sherwin Nuland
The Unredeemed Captive by John Demos
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Power Broker by Robert Caro
10 Books that will Help a Teenager Feel More Human
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Lost In Place by Mark Salzman
What's Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Bloodbrothers by Richard Price
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
The 10 Books I Would Save in a Fire (If I Could Only Save 10)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats
The Collected Plays of William Shakespeare
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Ten Books for a Girl Who is Full of Beans (Or Ought to Be)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Julius the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
Betsy in Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
The BFG by Ronald Dahl
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Catherine Known As Birdy by Katherine Paterson
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Ten Mystery Novels I'd Most Like to Find in a Summer Rental
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P. D. James
Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
Dancers in Mourning by Margery Allingham
The Way Through the Woods by Colin Dexter
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre
10 Books Recommended by a Really Good Elementary School Librarian
The View From Saturday by E.L. Koningsburg
Frindle by Andrew Clements
My Daniel by Pan Conrad
The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
No Flying in the House by Betty Brock
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Gannett Stiles
Habibi by Naomi Nye
Mudpies and Other Recipes: A Cookbook for Dolls by Marjorie Winslow
The Story of May by Mordecai Gerstein
10 Good Book Club Selections
Fraud by Anita Brookner
Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Paris Trout by Pete Dexter
Eden Close by Anita Shreve
10 Modern Novels that Made Me Proud to be a Writer
The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
White Noise by Don DeLillo
Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser
True Confessions by John Gregory Dunne
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
The French Lieutennant's Woman by John Fowles
Falconer by John Cheever
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Information by Martin Amis
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
10 of the Books My Exceptionally Well-Read Friend Ben says He's Taken the Most From
Herzog by Saul Bellow
Coming Up for Air by George Orwell
Something of an Achievement by Gwyn Griffin
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Moon and a Sixpence by Somerset Maugham
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
Heretics by G.K. Chesterton
The Wapshot Chronicles by John Cheever
(With addendum: Now I can't believe I settled for that list. What about William Maxwell's The Folded Leaf, or Elizabeth Bowen's The House in Paris? )
Books I Just Love to Read, And Always Will
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Group by Mary McCarthy
The Blue Swallows by Howard Nemerov (poetry)
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
Citations And Professional Reviews How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 18
Publishers Weekly - 07/27/1998 page 59
Kirkus Reviews - 08/01/1998 page 1107
Booklist - 08/01/1998 page 1918
Library Journal - 09/01/1998 page 182
School Library Journal - 12/01/1998 page 37
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1999 page 6
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1999 page 5
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Studio: Ballantine Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Aug 25, 1998
Publisher Ballantine Books
ISBN 0345422783 ISBN13 9780345422781
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More About Anna Quindlen
Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller's Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller. 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, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.
Anna Quindlen currently resides in Hoboken, in the state of New Jersey.
Reviews - What do customers think about How Reading Changed My Life?
So true Jul 27, 2007
After eighteen years of being stereotyped as "the book worm," it's good to know that there's others out there like me. I agree wholeheartedly with Quindlen about the effect of books on life and on many of her other points. Her small book is simple but true. I can't wait to explore some of the books on her reading lists that I've not yet read. I recommend this to all of the other bookworms in the world: you are not alone, and at least one person understands you.
"...reading while they played." Jul 7, 2006
Thus, Anna Quindlen quotes Charles Dickens' biographer, John Forster, in this slim and wonderful book. Apparently, Dickens, Quindlen, and I would all rather read than play or do almost anything else.
I adore this book because it reminds me that there are other people for whom reading goes way beyond a pass-time or even something that we "love" to do. In addition to life's other milestones, we can mark the phases of life with the books that we have read, devoured, and assimilated. Like Quindlen, I remember a childhood influenced by writers like Ogden Nash, Carl Sandburg, Lore Segal, Irene Smith, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, Johanna Spyri, Carolyn Keene, Judy Blume, Betty Smith, and many others who are less clear in my memory but who shaped who I have become and what I have loved to read.
Quindlen reminded me that I am not the only one who is often biding time until my next chance to read. Of course, I read in line at the post office, in a doctor's waiting room, in airports, and at professional sporting events. More telling is that from age 11 or so, I regularly took a novel to church. I sat in the back pew, out of my family's sight, so that I could read the book instead of listen to sermons and hymns. Quindlen knows that many of us have eased the tedium and discomfort of the here and now by going wherever a book will take us.
I suppose that I love this book because she puts my understanding of books, as guidance, sustenance and salvation, into words. I feel validated. My way of being in this world has been endorsed and upheld. I feel good.
Thoughtful, fun, and quick Jun 1, 2005
Quindlen writes about her experiences with being a bibliophile, ranging from discussing why fiction is worthwhile to what makes banned books so interesting to a critique of the snobbery of the literary critics. Her tangents are insightful and resonate with the trends I see in reading; for example, she characterizes the shift from reading for pleasure to reading for purpose: "whereas an executive might learn far more from Moby Dick ..., the book he was expected to have read might be The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People [sic]". I loved and identified with her descriptions of growing up obsessed with reading, having spent most childhood afternoons among the stacks of the local public library.
This isn't as good as Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris (on the same topic), but it's thoughtful and quick. (I read it in about two hours.) She specifically deals with why she believes women read more than men. She also provides a number of interesting book lists at the end, ranging from "The 10 Books I Would Save in a Fire (If I Could Save Only 10)" to "10 Mystery Novels I'd Most Like to Find in a Summer Rental."
Enjoyable read, great gift for booklovers Nov 30, 2004
This delightful short book (or perhaps long essay) is filled with the insight and wisdom that characterizes Quindlen's work - touchingly personal while articulate and accessible, so much of her reminiscences resonate with the experiences of booklovers and writers. Her heartfelt adoration of the distinct pleasures reading can bring - as a child reading Nancy Drew while friends are out playing, or as an adult on an airplane traveling for business - were right on. Her praise of reading "for pleasure," not for "advancement or superiority," were especially refreshing to hear from someone so highly respected, insightful, and intelligent. I'm often sheepishly hiding my latest Jane Green novels from the faculty at the college where I work, so it was nice to feel unashamed about the sheer delight I enjoy when reading, regardless of whether I'm reading Jane Austen or Helen Fielding.
Don't expect a direct answer to the question inherent in the title - the book is a celebration of the act of reading and is much more universal than the particular ways that reading shaped or changed the life of the author. Instead, the book prompts a personal reflection on how reading affected one's own life, guided along by Quindlen's wise words. For those of you who love reading but don't always agree with Quindlen's politics, fear not: this book is much more about reading and with the exception of concerns and criticisms about book banning and burning, the focus of the book is largely elsewhere.
This book would make a great gift for the booklovers in your life - I'm giving it to my mother-in-law, an elementary school teacher who adores children's books and participates in multiple book clubs. It's a wonderful reminder of the joys of reading, and Quindlen's writing skill makes this particular read (as with all her work) that much more enjoyable.
Quindlen Understands. Nov 8, 2004
While this book can at times be a bit defensive, Quindlen has a right to be. Readers, she points out, have been belittled, called stuck up, and tracked down in police states. We're almost an endangered species. At times, I celebrated with her the joys of discovering a book sure to become a lifelong friend; at other moments, I found myself sniffling and holding back tears at encounters with people who do not, and never will, understand and so must belittle those of us who read.
At some points, the memoir crawls, but there isn't any part of it that isn't vital to Quindlen's overall message. This, along with Fadiman's "Ex Libris," is book I lend out with the knowledge that the borrower will insist in keeping it.