Anna Quindlen

Books by Anna Quindlen


Miller's Valley

Available in: Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback - Large Print
Includes a reader's guide with questions and topics for discussion.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs

Available in: Paperback, Paperback - Large Print, Hardcover

A superb love story from Anna Quindlen, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rise and Shine, Blessings, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.

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"There comes a moment in every novelist's career when she . . . ventures into new territory, breaking free into a marriage of tone and style, of plot and characterization, that's utterly her own. Anna Quindlen's marvelous romantic comedy of manners is just such a book. . . . Taken as a whole, Quindlen's writings represent a generous and moving interrogation of women's experience across the lines of class and race. [Still Life with Bread Crumbs] proves all the more moving because of its light, sophisticated humor. Quindlen's least overtly political novel, it packs perhaps the most serious punch. . . . Quindlen has delivered a novel that will have staying power all its own."--The New York Times Book Review

"[A] wise tale about second chances, starting over, and going after what is most important in life."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Quindlen's astute observations . . . are the sorts of details every writer and reader lives for."--Chicago Tribune

"[Anna] Quindlen's seventh novel offers the literary equivalent of comfort food. . . . She still has her finger firmly planted on the pulse of her generation."--NPR

"Enchanting . . . [The protagonist's] photographs are celebrated for turning the 'minutiae of women's lives into unforgettable images, ' and Quindlen does the same here with her enveloping, sure-handed storytelling."--People

"Charming . . . a hot cup of tea of a story, smooth and comforting about the vulnerabilities of growing older . . . a pleasure."--USA Today

"With spare, elegant prose, [Quindlen] crafts a poignant glimpse into the inner life of an aging woman who discovers that reality contains much more color than her own celebrated black-and-white images."--Library Journal

"Quindlen has always excelled at capturing telling details in a story, and she does so again in this quiet, powerful novel, showing the charged emotions that teem beneath the surface of daily life."--Publishers Weekly

"Quindlen presents instantly recognizable characters who may be appealingly warm and nonthreatening, but that only serves to drive home her potent message that it's never too late to embrace life's second chances."--Booklist

"Profound . . . engaging."--Kirkus Reviews


Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Available in: Paperback, Hardcover
In this irresistible memoir, Quindlen writes about a woman's life, from childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, using the events of her life to illuminate new perspectives.

Every Last One

Available in: Paperback
A moving, suspenseful, and surprising novel by the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author of "A Short Guide to a Happy Life" follows a suburban family and the disastrous, unintended consequences of what seem like small, casual actions.

Black and Blue

Available in: Paperback
Contains author's "afterthoughts" and a reading group guide.

Naked Babies

Available in: Paperback
Beautiful, witty, inspiring, and totally original--this is an unparalleled gift book for every mother and mother-to-be. The black-and-white photos often focus on one aspect of a baby--the perfection of a hand, the swirl of a cowlick, the smoothness of skin on the neck. Quindlen's essays, as graceful, snappy, perceptive, and personal as anything she has written, muse on special moments like a baby's first steps. 75 duotone photos.

Good Dog. Stay.

Available in: Hardcover
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Quindlen honors the life of her beloved black Labrador retriever, Beau, in this heartening and bittersweet work. With her trademark wisdom and humor, Quindlen reflects on how her life has unfolded in tandem with Beaus, and on the lessons shes learned by watching him.

Rise and Shine

Available in: Paperback
From Quindlen, acclaimed author of "Blessings, Black and Blue," and "One True Thing," comes a superb novel about two sisters, the true meaning of success, and the qualities in life that matter most.

One True Thing

Available in: Paperback
First time in trade paperback--the acclaimed, bestselling novel by the author of "Living Out Loud." When she comes home to care for her dying mother, Ellen Gulden learns secrets which the older woman has held in her heart for so long.

Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City

Available in: Paperback
Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Quindlen takes readers on a delightful tour of the English capital, comparing the London of fact with the London of fiction.

Being Perfect

Available in: Hardcover
The bestselling novelist and author of the phenomenal bestseller "A Short Guide to a Happy Life" returns with more irresistible advice and wisdom. At the heart of this beautiful and insightful book about how to shape a life with meaning is the perfection trap, and how to avoid falling into it. (Philosophy)

Loud and Clear

Available in: Paperback
In this remarkable book, Anna Quindlen, one of America's favorite novelists and a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, once again gives readers wisdom, opinions, insights, and reflections about current events and modern life.


Available in: Paperback
Blessings, the bestselling novel by the author of Black and Blue, One True Thing, Object Lessons, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life, begins when, late at night, a teenage couple drives up to the estate owned by Lydia Blessing and leaves a box.
In this instant, the world of the estate called Blessings is changed forever. The story of Skip Cuddy, the Blessings caretaker, who finds a baby asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep her, and of matriarch Lydia Blessing, who, for her own reasons, decides to help him, Blessings explores how the secrets of the past affect decisions and lives in the present; what makes a person, a life, legitimate or illegitimate, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community. This is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and personal change by the Pulitzer Prize winning writer about whom "The Washington Post Book World "said, Quindlen knows that all the things we ever will be can be found in some forgotten fragment of family. "

A Short Guide to a Happy Life

Available in: Hardcover
In this unusual and beautiful book, Quindlen reflects on what it takes to "get a life"--to live deeply and uniquely rather than to merely get through our days. Beautifully designed with evocative photos, the handbook offers guidance on how to live with awareness. 25 photos.

Happily Ever After

Available in: Paperback
When a girl who loves to read fairy tales is transported back to medieval times, she finds that the life of a princess in a castle is less fun than she imagined.

How Reading Changed My Life

Available in: Paperback
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen uses the mastery of the medium in which she works to send an utterly compelling message as she explores the importance of books in her life and their vital role in society.

Object Lessons

Available in: Paperback
The acclaimed New York Times columnist and author of Living Out Loud now gives readers a superb novel about an Irish-Italian family in the late 1960s. Quindlen's sharp eye for the way we live, her intelligence and humor have won her an enormous following, and this coming-of-age tale of an entire generation will delight readers of any era.

Living Out Loud

Available in: Paperback
For the first time in trade paperback, Quindlen's classic collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning pieces from her famed New York Times column, "Life in the 30s". "Engaging, fresh, funny . . . Sure to be valuable to future historians".--Chicago Tribune.

Thinking Out Loud: On the Personal, the Political, the Public and the Private

Available in: Paperback
Bringing together some of her most powerful, provocative columns, Thinking Out Loud will give fans of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen plenty to think aboutand make a perfect companion to her previous bestselling collection, Living Out Loud.