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The Quality of Life Report

The Quality of Life Report
A Novel

A New York Times notable book, The Quality of Life Report is the critically acclaimed first novel by Meghan Daum, New York Times best-selling author and winner of the PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction.

April 2017
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320 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 |
  • Foreword
  • Open Arms, Open Minds
  • Alternative Lifestyle Alert
  • A Serious, More Humanitarian Direction
  • The Lay of the Land
  • A Sociocultural Analysis of the Margin of Error
  • Rode Hard and Put Away Wet
  • How to Throw a Barn Dance for Under $300
  • The Hidden Benefits of Tanning
  • Today’s Word Is Glamoricious
  • The Guy in the Clouds
  • Embrace, Empathize, Empower
  • The Margin Widens
  • One Year Later
  • Acknowledgments
  • An Interview with Meghan Daum
  • A Note on the Author

Daum is an opinion columnist covering cultural and political topics for the Los Angeles Times, who also writes the Egos column for the New York Times Book Review. She is the author of three other books: The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction; My Misspent Youth: Essays; and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House. She also edited the New York Times best-seller Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids.


“Daum’s enormous comic gift—and her ability to use it in the service of fundamentally serious issues—is an unexpected delight.”
New York Times Book Review

“A crisp, wisecracking voice . . . an admirably nuanced view of the American heartland.”
New Yorker

“Funny, literate . . . this is a surprising, entertaining, and often touching story of a single woman lurching into her thirties looking for love and fulfillment, but mostly just finding herself. Top quality.”

“Daum has a charming, breezy style and a pretty wicked sense of humor. . . . The Quality of Life Report is great fun.”
USA Today

“The simple life never looked so complicated.”


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