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" A person who deserves my loyalty receives it. "
" I wonder what it is that the people who criticize me for telling this story truly object to: is it that I have dared to tell the story? Or that the story turns out not to be the one they wanted to hear? "
" I have long observed that the act of writing is viewed, by some, as an elite and otherworldly act, all the more so if a person isn't paid for what she writes. "
" If a man wishes to truly not be written about, he would do well not to write letters to 18-year-old girls, inviting them into his life. "
" Teach a child to play solitaire, and she'll be able to entertain herself when there's no one around. Teach her tennis, and she'll know what to do when she's on a court. But raise her to feel comfortable in nature, and the whole planet is her home. "
" It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. "
" More than any other setting - more than battlefields or boardrooms or a spaceship headed for intergalactic travel - I'll put my money on the family to provide an endless source of comedy, tragedy and intrigue. "
" The painter who feels obligated to depict his subjects as uniformly beautiful or handsome and without flaws will fall short of making art. "
" I had known there had been a serial killer on Mount Tamalpais, and it felt so incongruous in such a beautiful, peaceful spot. "
" The process of writing has always started for me when I put myself in a place where no one distracts me. "
" I believe every one of us possesses a fundamental right to tell our own story. "
" There is a theme that runs through my work, and that is: the toxic property of keeping secrets. "
" You write about what you know, and you write about what you want to know. "
" A good home must be made, not bought. In the end, it's not track lighting or a sun room that brings light into a kitchen. "
" Long after Salinger sent me away, I continued to believe his standards and expectations were the best ones. "
" When people ask what I write about, that's what I tell them: 'The drama of human relationships.' I'm not even close to running out of material. "
" If I told you about all the stories I don't tell, I would be violating the very boundaries I set for myself. "
" I was giving a speech one time, and the woman who introduced me said, 'Well, she used to be J. D. Salinger's girlfriend. I thought, 'God, is that all I've been?' I didn't want to be reduced to that. "
" Women writers have been told, forever, that our stories were not valuable. Not as valuable as men's stories about wars, business, power. "
" If people choose to live their life in a way that does not confront the more troubling aspects of their experience, that's fine, if it works for them. But it will probably make them uncomfortable if they come up against somebody like me. So they just shouldn't! They shouldn't read my work! "
" I've had some wonderful successes and some extreme disappointments in my career and my life. "
" Nothing like being visible, publishing one's work, and speaking openly about one's life, to disabuse the world of the illusion of one's perfection and purity. "
" I believed my story would be helpful to young women my daughter's age, who are still in the process of forming themselves as women, and in need of encouragement to remain true to themselves. "
" I do not outline. There are writers I know and count as my friends who certainly do it the other way, but for me, part of the adventure is not knowing how it's going to turn out. "
" The portrait of my parents is a complicated one, but lovingly drawn. "
" My job is writing. I get paid to do it. When was the last time you heard someone challenge a doctor for making money off of cancer? "
" The big dramas that fascinate me are the quiet ones that happen behind closed doors in so-called ordinary families. "
" Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals. "
" Not only did I avoid speaking of Salinger; I resisted thinking about him. I did not reread his letters to me. The experience had been too painful. "
" It troubles me that people speak about writing for money as ugly and distasteful. "
" At Home in the World is the story of a young woman, raised in some difficult circumstances, and how she survives. It tells a story of redemption, not victimhood. "