Literary Birthday – 8 July – Anna Quindlen

Happy Birthday, Anna Quindlen, born 8 July 1952.


  1. 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.
  2. In books I have travelled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.
  3. I always find that readers find things in the book that I hadn’t really seen but that are indubitably true. So I’m happiest when people explain my work to me, rather than the other way around.
  4. The truth about your own life is not always easy to accept, and sometimes hasn’t even occurred to you.
  5. I think of a column as having a conversation with a person that it just so happens I can’t see.
  6. I can’t think of anything to write about except families. They are a metaphor for every other part of society.
  7. Women are the glue that holds our day-to-day world together.
  8. We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind.
  9. Jane Austen may not be the best writer, but she certainly writes about the best people. And by that I mean people just like me.
  10. Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.

Anna Quindlen is an American author, journalist, and opinion columnist. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992. She  is the best-selling author of four novels (BlessingsBlack and BlueOne True Thing, and Object Lessons) and four non-fiction books (A Short Guide to a Happy LifeLiving Out LoudThinking Out Loud, and How Reading Changed My Life). She has also written two children’s books (The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After).

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 8th July 2013