Daring: My Passages (A Memoir)
Title: Daring- My Passages (A Memoir)
Author: Gail Sheehy
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Source: Received in exchange for an honest review from TLC Books
The author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages returns with her inspiring memoir—a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times
Candid, insightful, and powerful, Daring: My Passages is the story of the unconventional life of a writer who dared . . . to walk New York City streets with hookers and pimps to expose violent prostitution; to march with civil rights protesters in Northern Ireland as British paratroopers opened fire; to seek out Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat when he was targeted for death after making peace with Israel. Always on the cutting edge of social issues, Sheehy reveals the obstacles and opportunities encountered when she dared to blaze a trail in a “man’s world.” Daring is also a beguiling love story of Sheehy’s tempestuous romance with and eventual happy marriage to Clay Felker, the charismatic creator of New York magazine. As well, Sheehy recounts her audacious pursuit and intimate portraits of many 20th century leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Presidents George H. W. and George W. Bush, and the world-altering attraction between Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Sheehy reflects on desire, ambition, and wanting it all—career, love, children, friends, social significance—and lays bare her major life passages: false starts and surprise successes, the shock of failures and inner crises; betrayal in a first marriage; life as a single mother; flings of an ardent, liberated young woman; her adoption of a second daughter from a refugee camp; marriage to the love of her life and their ensuing years of happiness, even in the shadow of illness.
Now stronger than ever, Sheehy speaks from hard-won experience to today’s young women. Her fascinating, no-holds-barred story is a testament to guts, resilience, smarts, and daring, and offers a bold perspective on all of life’s passages.
About the Author
Gail Sheehy is an American writer and lecturer, most notable for her books on life and the life cycle. She is also a contributor to the magazine Vanity Fair.
Her fifth book, Passages, has been called “a road map of adult life”. Several of her books continue the theme of passages through life’s stages, including menopause and what she calls “Second Adulthood”, including Pathfinders, Spirit of Survival, and Menopause: The Silent Passage. Her latest book, Sex and the Seasoned Woman, reveals a hidden cultural phenomenon: a surge of vitality in women’s sex and love lives after age fifty. She has also authored a biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton titled Hillary’s Choice. Her novel Middletown, America is being adapted as a TV miniseries. (from Wikipedia)
I have to say I was amazed while reading all about the life of Gail Sheehy. It was an absolutely amazing book to read and I am so glad I was able to also write about this book here on my blog. The book follows Sheehy’s “tempestuous romance with Clay Fleker” which was absolutely great to read it. The book really dives deeper into Gail Sheehy’s life- something that I found really fascinating. I was shocked at how many famous people she had met! Her discussion about her career was really inspirational- you get to follow her from her schooling following her into her career.
Although I did not grow up with Gail Sheehy and her book Passages, I have heard a lot about her and her book, and I really did enjoy reading all about her life- I think people who did grow up with Gail will really love this book.
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