Finding Magic

  • by Sally Quinn
  • Narrated by Sally Quinn
  • 12 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The author, journalist, television commentator, and longtime Washington insider reflects on the spiritual quest that has brought deeper meaning to her life - and kept her grounded within the high-powered political world of Washington, DC's elite - her renowned writing career, her celebrity marriage, and her legendary role as doyenne of the capital's social scene.
In this emotionally involving, illuminating memoir, the legendary Washington Post journalist and author talks candidly about her life at the white-hot center of power and the surprising spiritual quest that has driven her for more than half a century.
While working as a reporter, caring for a learning-disabled son with her husband, longtime Washington Post executive editor Benjamin Bradlee, reigning over the capital's social scene, and remaining intimately connected with national politics, Sally Quinn yearned to understand what truly made the world - and her life - tick. After years of searching, most of which occurred in the secular capital of the world, she came to realize that the time she spent with friends and family - the evenings of shared hospitality and intimate fellowship - provided spiritual nourishment and that this theme has been woven into all the most important moments of her life.
In this spiritual memoir, Quinn speaks frankly about her varied, provocative spiritual experiences - from her Southern family of Presbyterians and psychics to voodoo lessons from her Baptist nanny; her trials as a hospitalized military kid in Japan as the Korean War begins; her adventures as a Post reporter and columnist; her experience as one of the first female news anchors on national television; her battles with the Nixon administration, Watergate, and other scandals that have rocked the nation; her courtship with and long marriage to one of the most authoritative figures in the media; her role as the capital's most influential hostess; and her growing fascination with religious issues. This fascination led to her pioneering work in creating the most visited religious site on the web,, where she reports on the unseen driving force of American life.
Throughout this radiant, thoughtful, and surprisingly intimate memoir, Quinn reveals how "it's all magic" - the many forms of what draws us together and provides meaning to all we do. Her roller-coaster and irreverent but surprisingly spiritual story allows us to see how the infinite wonder of God and the values of meaningful conversation, experience, and community are available to us all.


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Customer Reviews

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Beautiful and Touching

Thank you for putting your story down on pages. This is a Very comforting and inspiring story. loved it!
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- Annette Sanders

Its a "Magical" Quigi Memoir

Admittedly, I bought the book based upon the excerpts which were published in the Washington Post. These detailed the time Sally Quinn dealt with the declining mental and physical health of her husband, famous Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee.

Sadly (for me) almost the entire book save for the last several chapters were about Sally's
atheism/spiritualism journey which was lost then found then lost and found again. This was interspersed with lots of ideas of magic and mysticism and some occult thrown in for good measure.

I was looking for a good read/listen about her life in journalism and being married to Ben
Bradlee and their son Quinn. This leaned heavily on "magic" (duh its in the title), spiritualism, occult and The Quigi Board.
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- Eugene

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2017
  • Publisher: Harper Audio