Sunday, 21 December 2014

Daring

Finished December 18
Daring: My Passages: a memoir by Gail Sheehy, read by Bernadette Dunne

This memoir takes us from Gail's childhood through to the present.
She talks about her family: her troubled relationship with her father, her mother's battle with ambition versus expectations, her sister's struggle with addiction, her marriage and divorce, her off and on relationship with Clay Felker, and her daughters.
She shows us how her career developed, who helped her along the way, and why she covered the controversial subjects she did.
Clay started out as a mentor, became a lover, was distanced as she took her career in a new direction, and reentered her life as a true husband and partner.
Sheehy is candid about her ambition, the risks she took, the passions that drove her, and the rewards that came with her success.
She was one of the first journalists to embed herself in stories from conflicts to cultures, the first to write indepth character portraits of world leaders, and one of the first women to really make it in the male world of journalism.
Her reflections are open, showing us both the highs and the lows, the successes and the failures, the joy and the sorrow.
This is an amazing read about the life of an amazing woman.

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