Publisher’s Synopsis: 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.
Review: I don’t read many memoirs but found myself drawn to Daring. I think it was the idea of getting a front row seat to this “groundbreaking” woman’s adventures. Sheehy forged a journalistic career at a time when women were just beginning to break down barriers to many male dominated careers. She spent time with Robert Kennedy right before his assassination, she worked with Gloria Steinem in the very early days of the feminist movement, she was right in the middle of Ireland’s Bloody Sunday massacre, she visited refugee camps and attending balls with the heads of state.
Reading Daring not only gave me the story of Gail Sheehy, it also gave me an inside look to most of the important historical events of the past fifty years. I loved that I got a contemporary view of much of the history of my childhood, stories that I vaguely remember happening but was too young to fully comprehend.
Daring is a quick read and a great read for anyone with an interest in contemporary history and/or women’s history. Whether you agree with all of her choices or not, you will close this book realizing that this woman, Gail Sheehy, has led an amazing life. I already have a few friends in mind that I will be recommending read this book.
*I received a copy of this book as part of participating in the book tour. My review is my honest opinion.