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.

Anna Quindlen isn't a Goodreads Author (yet), but she does have a blog, so here are some recent posts imported from her feed.


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 sophi...

Read more of this blog post »
5 likes ·   •  0 comments  •  flag
Twitter icon
Published on February 06, 2019 10:06
Average rating: 4.19 · 2,707,844 ratings · 67,894 reviews · 62 distinct worksSimilar authors
Black and Blue

3.88 avg rating — 75,110 ratings — published 1998 — 45 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Still Life with Bread Crumbs

3.64 avg rating — 46,137 ratings — published 2014 — 32 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
One True Thing

4.03 avg rating — 35,671 ratings — published 1994 — 39 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Every Last One

3.85 avg rating — 32,721 ratings — published 2010 — 23 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Miller's Valley

3.88 avg rating — 20,613 ratings — published 2016 — 24 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Lots of Candles, Plenty of ...

3.72 avg rating — 15,589 ratings — published 2012 — 15 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating

3.58 avg rating — 15,124 ratings — published 2002 — 36 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Rise and Shine

3.27 avg rating — 11,094 ratings — published 2006 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Alternate Side

3.35 avg rating — 9,851 ratings — published 2018 — 17 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Object Lessons

3.83 avg rating — 7,748 ratings — published 1991 — 20 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Anna Quindlen…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.


January 2014, Anna Quindlen
"Her Favorite Love Stories: Heat up your January in Still Life with Bread Crumbs, the latest from the Pulitzer winner who shares her top-five list of romances." ...More

More interviews »

“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.”
Anna Quindlen


May 2017 Vote For 1

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
by Anna Quindlen
In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead—and celebrating it all—as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more.
  3 votes 25.0%

Mud Vein Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher by Tarryn Fisher
When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat... and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.
  3 votes 25.0%

The Ramblers The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley by Aidan Donnelley Rowley
Set in the most magical parts of Manhattan—the Upper West Side, Central Park, Greenwich Village—The Ramblers explores the lives of three lost souls, bound together by friendship and family. During the course of one fateful Thanksgiving week, a time when emotions run high and being with family can be a mixed blessing, Rowley’s sharply defined characters explore the moments when decisions are deliberately made, choices accepted, and pasts reconciled.
  3 votes 25.0%

The Pull of The Moon The Pull of The Moon by Elizabeth Berg by Elizabeth Berg
Sometimes you have to leave your life behind for a while to see it and really live freshly again. In this luminous, exquisitely written novel, a woman follows the pull of the moon to find her way home. Sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, always honest, The Pull of the Moon is a novel about the journey of one woman - and about the issues of the heart that transforms the lives of all women.
  2 votes 16.7%

The Forgetting Time The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin by Sharon Guskin
What happens to us after we die? What happens before we are born? At once a riveting mystery and a testament to the profound connection between a child and parent, The Forgetting Time will lead you to reevaluate everything you believe…

What would you do if your four-year-old son claimed he had lived another life and that he wants to go back to it? That he wants his other mother?
  1 vote 8.3%

12 total votes

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Pick-a-Shelf: Shelf-a-Thon (10th of May) 31 61 May 15, 2009 08:52PM  
The Book Challenge: Luann's 2009 Challenge - Author and Title A-Z - COMPLETED! 55 286 Dec 20, 2009 11:18PM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. 25.9 (Wendy's Task - Spring Break) 111 216 Apr 16, 2010 11:25AM  

Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Anna to Goodreads.