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Best of the Book Nook: A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

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Vick Mickunas' 2000 interview with Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen's book "A Short Guide to a Happy Life" was a mega-best-seller when it was issued 20 years ago. It was such a hot item that when Anna was scheduled to come through our area she had to cancel her appearance because the bookstore didn't have any copies of the book left to sell or to sign-the publisher was rushing to do a second printing. Even though she was no longer coming through Dayton she honored my interview request.

The book began as a commencement speech. Quindlen got so many requests for it that she decided to turn it into a book. Her message continues to resonate with readers, it was just re-issued this year in a new 20th anniversary hardcover edition.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Dayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.