Anna Quindlen

Three engrossing reads from the shelf of the accomplished novelist and commentator.



A writer of uncommon warmth, insight, and skill, Anna Quindlen won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992 and then embarked on a career as a #1 New York Times bestselling author. In novels such as One True Thing and Black and Blue, which was an Oprah Book Club pick, she explores themes of family and motherhood troubled by life's vicissitudes. Her most recent novel, Every Last One, out in paperback, confronts similar dilemmas. When we asked her to recommend three books, she was quick to select a trio of fiction and non-fiction favorites.


Books by Anna Quindlen



The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders

By Robertson Davies


"Three wonderful novels inextricably intertwined into a monumental whole. The first begins with a thrown snowball, a small act that causes reverberations through decades to come, with plot pit stops in academic corridors, psychoanalytic circles, and a traveling circus. A tour de force of shifting point of view and storytelling from the greatest novelist you've never heard of."



What It Takes: The Way to the White House

By Richard Ben Cramer


"Someday someone will write a book about a Presidential campaign better than this, but it hasn't happened yet. Ben Cramer's meticulous reporting and observations on the 1988 campaign trail haven't dated a bit because his eye for the telling detail makes this as much drama as history. Shakespearean and smart, What It Takes is a must-read for neophyte reporters, pols, and citizens."



Artists in Crime

By Ngaio Marsh


"It's odd that Agatha Christie is the best known of the English Queens of Crime; Dorothy Sayers is more engaging, Margery Allingham more interesting, and Marsh smarter. All of her mysteries are worth reading, but I have a soft spot for this one because Detective Roderick Alleyn first encounters the painter Agatha Troy, one of a clutch of suspects in the death of an artist's model. Whodunit meets happy ending."


April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.