Books by Meghan Daum

SELFISH, SHALLOW, AND SELF-ABSORBED by Meghan Daum
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2015

"A courageous defense of childlessness and a necessary corrective to the Cult of Mommy, but Daum's collection could have benefitted from a more diverse pool of contributors and a fuller consideration of contrary opinions."
Daum (The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, 2014, etc.) compiles essays from a group of noted writers—including Kate Christensen, Geoff Dyer and Lionel Shriver—holding forth on the topic of deliberate childlessness.Read full book review >
THE UNSPEAKABLE by Meghan Daum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An honest and humorously edgy collection."
A Los Angeles Times columnist unflinchingly probes some of her life's themes—"death, dogs, romance, children, lack of children [and] Joni Mitchell"—to find respite from "sentimentality and its discontents."Read full book review >
THE QUALITY OF LIFE REPORT by Meghan Daum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2003

"A chatty, self-absorbed, you-know-what-I-mean style isn't enough to keep Lucinda from being continually outclassed by the forgiving Prairie City locals."
A half-successful debut novel from essayist Daum (My Misspent Youth, 2001) follows a lifestyle-obsessed Manhattan TV producer as she relocates to a bland midwestern prairie town. Read full book review >
MY MISSPENT YOUTH by Meghan Daum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Promising, but hampered by jejune subject matter, Daum fails to hit her target."
A Manhattan-centric, playful collection of essays from a young writer searching for authenticity in a material world. Read full book review >