Daring: My Passages: A Memoir by Gail Sheehy

imageAfter reading Passages, my curiosity was piqued. Sheehy demonstrated such insight in Passages I became interested in author and woman. If you haven’t read this book I highly suggest you do, unbelievable read. Her perspective and voice command your attention.

Sheehy’s memoir is one enthralling read, I was quickly absorbed in her life story, quite an exciting ride for both authoress and reader.

Sheehy takes you through numerous decades professionally and personally. We visit the pre-feminist era, civil rights movement to current times. A history lesson through the lens of a groundbreaking, fearless woman and esteemed journalist. She was an early pioneer in breaking the glass ceiling for women, specifically women journalists.

Sheehy possesses courage and takes serious risks, her career is proof. This woman continually challenges herself, downright exposing herself. A few situations requiring her undeniable moxie – she dressed up in hot pants and walked the streets with prostitutes; was caught in serious cross fire in the Irish civil war; interviewed several dignitaries and high level persons of interest: Bobby Kennedy, Anwar Sadat, Margaret Thatcher, the list continues which in itself is impressive.

Sheehy doesn’t limit her story to her stellar career, she also opens up regarding her personal life and her struggles most women face. The heartbreaking betrayal and demise of her first marriage, the complications arising from the fine art of balancing a demanding career with the demands of motherhood, we celebrate her discovery of her mentor and the love of her life Clay Felker, her experience in the adoption of a young refugee Cambodian girl. In all intents and purposes Sheehy opens the door to her life and once again presents herself in a fearless and exposed manner.

It’s a fair assumption I will never have lunch we Sheehy, we won’t spend hours compairing lives or gal paling around, however her memoir allows me to learn and become inspired by her fearlessness, wisdom and strength. I lived vicariously through this remarkable woman, what a time it was!

Highly recommend this fascinating story, a woman brutally honest in all facets of her life and career. Library of Congress named Sheehy’s bestseller Passages as one of the ten most influential books of our time, a multiple award winning journalist, it’s a wonder her memoir is captivating, she is simply remarkable.


Published September 9th 2014 by William Morrow
Hardcover, 418 pages
ISBN13: 9780062291691
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review


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