Anna Quindlen

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The United States
July 08, 1952



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.

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A bighearted book of wisdom, wit, and insight, celebrating the love and joy of being a grandmother, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and #1 New York Times bestselling author.

It’s a little challenging to suss out why exactly it can be so magical. . . . All I know is: The hand. The little hand that takes yours, small and soft as feathers. I’m happy our grandson does not yet have soph

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Black and Blue

3.89 avg rating — 80,032 ratings — published 1998 — 45 editions
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Still Life with Bread Crumbs

3.66 avg rating — 48,847 ratings — published 2014 — 33 editions
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One True Thing

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Every Last One

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Miller's Valley

3.88 avg rating — 22,970 ratings — published 2016 — 26 editions
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Lots of Candles, Plenty of ...

3.72 avg rating — 16,808 ratings — published 2012 — 16 editions
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Alternate Side

3.34 avg rating — 13,139 ratings — published 2018 — 19 editions
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Rise and Shine

3.29 avg rating — 12,154 ratings — published 2006 — 33 editions
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A Short Guide to a Happy Life

3.95 avg rating — 8,168 ratings — published 2000 — 20 editions
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“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”
Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
Anna Quindlen

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”
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