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Loud and Clear

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  938 ratings  ·  113 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 6th 2004 by Random House (first published 2004)
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This was not what I expected. I picked the book up on a whim because Elder M. 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. Boy was I surprised.

I was expecting a book about life, motivation, mothering & it's okay if you're not perfect. 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
Lisa Vegan
Aug 15, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone except ultra conservatives who don't like getting upset
I adore Anna Quindlen. My favorite books are her compilations of columns, such as this one. (The only novel of hers I’ve thought was spectacular is Black and Blue.) She writes very well, thoughtfully and often with humor about everything personal, cultural, political, etc. in such a way that it’s easy for (so many, not just me) to feel as though she’d be a wonderful friend. I highly recommend these columns to all except those who are extremely conservative perhaps.
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 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.

Some of the pieces were written 15+ years ago, which makes
Some of these columns/essays hold up beautifully, others not so much. 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. One of the delights of reading Quindlen in Newsweek was the discovery of her destination, chosen from a world of subject matter. I think I would have enjoyed this more were it organized chronologically. (It's my bias as ...more
Anna Quindlen ranks in the top 1% of my favorite authors. Articulate, smart, funny, sharp as a whip, poignant, from the heart and highly perceptive, she cuts to the core of being human and a citizen in today’s America. Whether it’s politics, religion, parenting, or wearing the hats of woman/mother/sister/wife/employee/friend, her writing will give you pause, bring you to tears or leave you laughing out loud. She is someone whose voice rings so true with who I am at this stage in my life that it’ ...more
Jun 03, 2008 Nomanisan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: see above
What a brilliant writer/observer this woman is! This collection of her columns and a few speeches span the years from about 1993 through 2003 or 2004, and cover a great many topics which were current during those times as well as topics about issues which concern her. Anyone who enjoys strong, cogent analysis and thought would enjoy reading Loud and Clear.
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Deborah Dove
I loved this book and I don't know how it is possible that I did not discover her until now. Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who has written columns for the New York Times and Newsweek and this book is a compilation of some of the columns she wrote during the time period 2000-2003, with topics ranging from raising her three children to what it was like to experience living in New York on September 11. I have also started reading a more recent book, Lots of Candles, Plenty of ...more
I experienced this book on tape, read by Quindlen. Many of her stories had to do w/ family & loss. I was particularly touched by her post 9-11 stories, she cuts right to the heart of things.
Enjoyed the personal views and insights into every day life in America and the feelings of a reporter during and after 9-11.
Quindlen is intelligent, well-read, and provocative. In this collection of essays, she casts an unflinching eye on current social problems at the turn of the century. Nevertheless, some of her ideas and opinions come across as somewhat dated and one-sided. Sometimes she seems to espouse the notion that a strong dose of political correctness and tolerance will cure what ails us in America. Obviously, this hasn't been the case, which causes one to hope for commentary that's a bit more balanced an ...more
Don Weidinger
trying to fill emptiness journalists fill with what, real transformation when men live like us, Hilary and Martha Stewart, on losing side—too one-sided, US built in no one’s image on confusion, other countries divide, when it actually work a wonder, don’t be fooled left-wing on campus, criticize all but self and party of, no alcohol yes drugs, race race race, less trustworthy, personality and character, experienced and intelligent, what is love what is understanding, bigotry of every kind, smell ...more
I've heard Anna Quindlen quoted so many times, I wanted to read the direct source. This particular book is a collection of her essays, speeches and columns (from Newsweek and the New York Times). I was looking for more of the down-to-earth wisdom on motherhood, but what I got was a broad view of her opinions and ideas on everything from gun control to alcohol, from feminism to motherhood and the dangers of over-scheduling. I LOVED some essays - ones on her mother, her children, alcohol abuse, me ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Rayni rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rayni by: Author recognition
This book is awesome. You know how people are always clipping newspaper articles or saving a magazine article of something they really like? Then, unless those scraps of paper are filed in some sort of order, they are very hard, if not impossible to find. Well, here are lots columns, articles, editorials, whatever, all compiled between the covers of a hard-bound book.

I picked up this book because of name recognition. I've read a couple of her novels & liked them well enough to pick up this
this is so, so good but it's going to be impossible to review because she covers pretty much every issue facing the US in the last 20 years. there are also graduation-type speeches as well as personal essays about her family, friends and work. they are brief, beautifully written, and extremely thought-provoking. quindlen is a feminist and has liberal beliefs, but i don't agree with *everything* she says. that said, she did make me reconsider some topics.

one essay that particularly got me thinkin
I loved this book. Some of these essays were ones I recall from Newsweek, but many were entirely new for me. Ironically I missed them because I was busy with two tiny children and didn't like reading the rest of that magazine. If I had caught on that she was a REGULAR contributor I might have bought that magazine more often just to read her stuff!

I loved her novel Blessings, but her essays are supremely well-written. Reading each one is like opening a letter from an old friend. She is full of en
Loved Anna Quindlen's writing before she became a novelist .... wish she had stuck with essays and slice-of-life pieces. I have some of her novels, but they don't pack the same punch as her journalism did, in my opinion. Yes, I know that this review is like my other review - I have most of Anna's books of commentaries because I love her older writing. Probably always will. She had a huge influence on my writing and on my politics. Now I also enjoy Maureen Dowd's work for carrying a similar punch ...more
Laurie Niestrath
Anna Quindlan never fails to capture my attention. Loud and Clear is a collection of writings from her column written for the New York Times. While most entries were written nearly 15-20 years ago, the content and ideas are still relevant today and worth time to reconsider.
I admit that I am a staunch conservative, so it is no surprise that I didn't enjoy this book. I didn't like the tone the author used to address a whole host of issues facing our nation. She was indifferent and nonchalant towards many deeply felt issues, including issues on morality, even though she is a born and raised Catholic.

She did little to address the other side of the issues, making her arguments very shallow. I had to close the book after reading her argument for a universal draft. Some
I thoroughly enjoyed these 3 page essays which were originally published in Newsweek or The New York Times. Quindlen has the ability to make us really think about things we may have taken for granted or thought we believed.
Holly Wood
It's a message in a bottle for a decade I was alive for but too young to have born witness to with the empathic eyes Anna Quindlen would teach me to grow up with.
Clean crisp writing albeit liberal. No one writes as well as she does, so I read every word she writes for its pure literary savvy even when I find her politics skewed.
Pat Buzby
As a lifelong Newsweek subcriber, I have already read most of Ms. Quindlens essays, but listened to them on tape on my commute to work has been fun. Some serious, some funny…and almost all ones I can relate to. I will get more of her books on tape, they make me smile and reflect.
Having read and really enjoyed her recent memoir (Lots of Candles Plenty of Cake) I thought it would be interesting to see what Qundlen had to say a decade or so ago. I listened to the book, read by the author, which was a good way to get to know her better. I would say it is a 3.5, very interesting, but it didn't offer the same depth of insight hat I found with her recent book. Many of the essays relates to 9/11, which served as a good reminder of the devastation of that experience, the pain of ...more
Sep 21, 2008 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is not offended by other people's opinions.
Shelves: educational
Not life changing, but thoughtful and well written. She had a lot of great things to say and a lot of things I didn't agree with. I realized after reading this that a lot of times we hold these people (good writers, columnists, etc) and their thoughts as truth. Knowing that I did not agree with all that she said helped me realize that it is her writing talent that is so convincing but the ideas themselves are subjective. They are merely opinion and as such, my opinion is just as valuable as hers ...more
I love Anna Quindlen's voice! She has so much to say and such an elegant way of saying it. Very thought-provoking.
I enjoy Quindlen's writing style and content. She is very down to earth. I think I read this collection before, but it was nice to re-visit it.
Fun essays. I enjoy her insight and humor.
Ronald Wise
A collection of columns Quindlen has written during the past ten years for Newsweek and the New York Times. A feminist mother's perception of newsmaking events during the decade — sometimes expressing impatience with the political bullshit, and otherwise celebrating the accomplishments of a progressive society. The latter part of the book focused primarily on the 9/11 attacks on her city of New York. I learned of this one through a tribute to her birthday (8 July 1953) on Garrison Keillor's Writ ...more
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Anna Quindlen is an American journalist and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.

She began her journalism career in 1974 as a reporter with The New York Post. Between 1977 and 1994 she held several posts at the New York Times. She left journalism in 1995 to become a full-time novelist. She currently writes a bi-weekly colu
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“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. … I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.” 14 likes
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