Bright Precious Thing: A Memoir

Gail Caldwell (Author)


From the New York Times bestselling author of Let's Take the Long Way Home comes a moving memoir about how the women's movement revolutionized and saved her life, from the 1960s to the #MeToo era.

In a voice as candid as it is evocative, Gail Caldwell traces a path from her west Texas girlhood through her emergence as a young daredevil, then as a feminist--a journey that reflected seismic shifts in the culture itself. Caldwell's travels took her to California and Mexico and dark country roads, and the dangers she encountered were rivaled only by the personal demons she faced. Bright Precious Thing is the captivating story of a woman's odyssey, her search for adventure giving way to something more profound: the evolution of a writer and a woman, a struggle to embrace one's life as a precious thing.

Told against a contrasting backdrop of the present day, including the author's friendship with a young neighborhood girl, Bright Precious Thing unfolds with the same heart and narrative grace of Caldwell's Let's Take the Long Way Home, called "a lovely gift to readers" by The Washington Post. Bright Precious Thing is a book about finding, then protecting, what we cherish most.

Product Details

$27.00  $24.84
Random House
Publish Date
July 07, 2020
5.6 X 8.6 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Gail Caldwell is the former chief book critic for The Boston Globe, where she was a staff writer for more than twenty years. In 2001, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. She is the author of three previous memoirs and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Praise for Let's Take the Long Way Home

"A near-perfect memoir: beautiful, humble, intimate and filled with piercing insights."--Time (Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2010)

"A lovely gift to readers . . . You can shelve Let's Take the Long Way Home, Gail Caldwell's beautifully written book. . . next to The Year of Magical Thinking [by] Joan Didion."--The Washington Post (Best Nonfiction of 2010)

"Stunning . . . gorgeous . . . intense and moving . . . a book of such crystalline truth that it makes the heart ache."--The Boston Globe

"Female friendship is the beating heart of this book . . . Pure tenderness . . . runs through its pages."--The New York Times Book Review

"So lovely and, somehow, so precise in its wisdom. . . I feel lucky to have met this graceful, piercing book."--Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place

"There are as many shadings to our griefs as there are lost loves to grieve over. Friendship, as Gail Caldwell's memoir gracefully testifies, asks a special, liberating eloquence."--Richard Ford, author of Independence Day