She has exceptionally thought out and articulate ideas about everything from politicians, hunger in America, homelessness, motherhood, race, war, gun control and the oil crisis. Each chapter it seemed was a 4-5 page editorial on different issues facing our nation.
The book made me think about things that we often don't want to think about, let alone talk about because we think it can't really be happening. Many swept under the rug in attempt to make them disappear. Although I did not agree with all her ideas I felt she kept a fairly neutral stance on many of the issues and just laid some of the facts out for the reader to sort through. 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.
The chapters (maybe 2) on mothering were not what I anticipated.
Anna Quindlen is a liberal, mother and columnist who wrote for years for the New York Times. The book is more so about many of the issues facing our society and nation as a whole.
I highly recommend these columns to all except those who are extremely conservative perhaps. The quotes I knew and had felt moved by were there, buried, like needles in a haystack, but they were there.
They felt almost out of conte This was not what I expected. Russell Ballard quoted from her book in his recent talk "Daughters of God" and in Jane Clayson Johnson book "I am a Mother" she also references a quote from Quindlen. I was expecting a book about life, motivation, mothering & it's okay if you're not perfect.
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.
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.