I’ve Been Thinking...

Maria Shriver. Viking/Dorman, $20 (224p) ISBN 978-0-525-52260-7
In a collection of reflections that are more sincere than eloquent, Shriver (Ten Things I Wish I’d Known—Before I Went Out into the Real World) meditates on finding a meaningful life. The award-winning journalist, former First Lady of California, and niece of President John F. Kennedy writes informally about her four children, four brothers, and 60 years of learning and praying. She pays homage to her mother, Eunice, and her father, Sargent. When the latter developed Alzheimer’s, Shriver became adamant about working toward a cure for the disease, and her work raising money and awareness is mentioned frequently. Each short chapter (of which there are over 50) begins with a quote from a speaker, activist, writer, or spiritual leader such as Maya Angelou, Louisa May Alcott, St. Ambrose, and even Shriver herself. Each chapter ends with a prayer that flows from her heart, if not so smoothly from her pen: “Dear God, don’t let me be caught in resentment or any other form of fear and hate. If they appear, please turn my thoughts into prayer for my enemy or someone in need.” Among the topics she covers are kindness, mental health, peace, time to reflect, grief, and power—of the mind, of women, of the pause, of empathy. The honesty of this uplifting book will please Shriver’s established readership as well as new readers looking for inspiration. Agent: Jan Miller, Dupree Miller. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/11/2017
Release date: 02/27/2018
Paperback - 333 pages - 978-0-525-58939-6
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