There were several times I needed to grab a dictionary to look up a word she used,in my opinion she is an amazing writer. It made me think, like I have not thought in a long while. It was interesting to hear her views on various things, but I found her tone to be offensively flippant at times and thought that she occasionally oversimplified weighty issues that should probably not be the topic of a 2-page article in the first place.
It still surprises me, because of the controversial things she discusses, that she was quoted by either of the people that made me pick the book in the first place, but they did. Some of the pieces were written 15 years ago, which makes I picked this up because I enjoyed Quindlen's novel "One True Thing" so much and assumed that my appreciation for her writing style would easily transfer to this collection of articles.
it was eerie to read pieces that she wrote just months before 9/11, not knowing the tragedy that was about to strike her city, as well as the pieces she wrote just after the attacks mentioning the possibility of the US going to war.
My favorites were the articles about motherhood and feminism, as they gave me some perspective on how much progress has been made by women in this country in such a short amount of time, historically speaking.
Maybe that's what started my habit of reading magazines from the back to the front.
I am not saying I agree with all her opinions, or to the same extent.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...But the first and last columns were the most profound. 11, 2001, her son's birthday, and ends with 9/11, the tragedy, as she prefers to make the distinction between the terminologies so as not to spoil his birthdays from 2001 on.It was worth a listen just to hear her thoughts on that day and it's aftermath. My favorite books are her compilations of columns, such as this one.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, 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.From the Hardcover edition.3.5Two things I know about Anna Quindlen: She is an opinionated New York liberal / feminist.Quindlen is at her best writing about motherhood, feminism and social justice issues, though the latter can sound like the outrage or rant of the week.I'm not sure I liked the organization around loose themes.