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Adult/High School–In this brief treatise, Quindlen attempts to deter readers from continually seeking perfection, which is by definition unoriginal and stereotypical. She believes that everyone needs to find her (or his, though the general tone and the illustrations seem to focus on female needs) own true self, especially for those moments when there is nothing else left. She describes herself as having been a true perfectionist throughout high school. After a semester or so at Barnard, she realized that she would never be the prettiest, smartest, or "est" anything, but she could try to find out who she was and not be afraid to try new and unusual routes through life. This realization was more freeing than she expected, and she encourages readers, young and older alike, to do the same. The book reads much like a commencement address, but both size and subject matter should appeal to teens looking out on the landscape of their lives. It is also a good example of an essay or short biographical account for those studying such literary forms.–Susan H. Woodcock, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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ANNA QUINDLEN is the author of four novels–Blessings, Black and Blue, One True Thing, Object Lessons–and five nonfiction books: Loud and Clear, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Living Out Loud, Thinking 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. Her New York Times column “Public and Private” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Her column now appears every other week in Newsweek.
I want my money back! I'm furious. What a rip off. I paid about $11 on my iPad for this "book" to read on a long airplane flight. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rachel Maples
Anna Quindlen is one of my very favorite authors; I have a habit of reading "by authors" and have never been disappointed in Quindlen.Published 9 months ago by Peggy L. Mcintyre
Fabulous book that should be read by every young woman coming of age.Published 10 months ago by J. Whalen
Lovely little book. Every young & old woman should read this charming story.Published 13 months ago by Bobbie
Anna Quindlen's work continues to inspire and stimulate self reflection among her readers. Being Perfect is a book I would want my sisters, all my female friends and their... Read morePublished 15 months ago by C.J. Williams
Anna writes so well and so honest I just can't get enough of her. Whether I'm reading a e-book print book or audio she is just wonderfulPublished 17 months ago by im
The ideas are sound, though fairly obvious, but the price for this few pages is ridiculous. You can save your money - stop trying to be perfect. That's the gist.Published 18 months ago by aunt juicy