Margaret Wente

 

Memoir



HarperCollins Canada 2004

AN ACCIDENTAL CANADIAN

Each week, more than one million people make Margaret Wente's column in the Globe and Mail their first read of the day. Even more regularly seek her out on the Internet, placing her name on Google’s Top Ten search list of Canadian Women. Robert Fulford calls her “a voice all her own, quite possibly the best newspaper columnist in the country.”

Mixed with her sharp-eyed columns on national and global affairs are her witty essays on the way we live now. Whether she is writing about marriage or menopause, hockey or home-owning, country life or urban angst, Margaret Wente makes readers feel that, finally, someone is able to articulate—candidly and with humour—the nature of everday life.

But this book is a more personal narrative in which Margaret Wente tells her own story—from her girlhood in “a wonderbread suburb of Chicago,” through her early careers and marriage, to her life today as a chronicler of Canada and Canadians.

It is a time-span that hits the highlights from the sexual revolution to the information revolution. With grace and humour, she crafts an absorbing tale that is richly textured in detail on the small pleasures and big questions of our life and times.

MARGARET WENTE has enjoyed a successful career in Canadian journalism as both writer and editor. She has been editor of Canadian Business and ROB magazines and editor of The Globe and Mail’s business section. She has been columnist for The Globe since 1992 and has twice won the National Newspaper Award for her writing. Born in Chicago, she moved to Toronto in her teens, and holds a B.A. from the university of Michigan and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Margaret Wente lives in Toronto with her husband.