• A Short Guide to a Happy Life

    From the author of ,and, Anna Quindlen???s classic reflection on a meaningful life is the perfect gift for graduation, or any occasion.,???,In this treasure of a book, Anna Quindlen, the bestselling novelist and columnist, reflects on what it takes to ???get a life??????to live deeply every day and from your own unique self, rather than merely to exist through your days. ???Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us,??? Quindlen writes, ???because unless you know the clock is ticking, it is so easy to waste our days, our lives.??? Her mother died when Quindlen was nineteen: ???It was the dividing line between seeing the world in black and white, and in Technicolor. The lights came on for the darkest possible reason. . . . I learned something enduring, in a very short period of time, about life. And that was that it was glorious, and that you had no business taking it for granted.??? But how to live from that perspective, to fully engage in our days? In , Quindlen guides us with an understanding that comes from knowing how to see the view, the richness in living.

  • Black and Blue

    With this stunning novel about a woman and a marriage that begins in passion and becomes violent, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author of One True Thing and Object Lessons moves to a new dimension as a writer of superb fiction. “If literature were judged solely by its ability to elicit strong emotions,” Kirkus Reviews said about One True Thing, “columnist-cum-novelist Quindlen would win another Pulitzer.” And the same will be said about Black and Blue, a brilliant novel of suspense, substance, and importance.,In Black and Blue, Fran Benedetto tells a spellbinding story: how at nineteen she fell in love with Bobby Benedetto, how their passionate marriage became a nightmare, why she stayed, and what happened on the night she finally decided to run away with her ten-year-old son and start a new life under a new name. Living in fear in Florida–yet with increasing confidence, freedom, and hope–Fran unravels the complex threads of family, identity, and desire that shape a woman’s life, even as she begins to create a new one. As Fran starts to heal from the pain of the past, she almost believes she has escaped it–that Bobby Benedetto will not find her and again provoke the complex combustion between them of attraction and destruction, lust and love.,Black and Blue is a beautifully written, heart-stopping story in which Anna Quindlen writes with power, wisdom, and humor about the real lives of men and women, the varieties of people and love, the bonds between mother and child, the solace of family and friendship, the inexplicable feelings between people who are passionately connected in ways they don’t understand. It is a remarkable work of fiction by the writer whom Alice Hoffman has called “a national treasure.”

  • One True Thing

    Ellen Gulden leaves her life as a successful New York journalist, to return home and care for her mother Kate diagnosed with cancer. In the short time they have left, the relationship between mother and daughter – tender, awkward and revealing – deepens, and Ellen is forced to confront painful truths about her adored father. After Kate’s death, Ellen goes from devoted daughter to prime suspect, accused of the mercy killing.