(Traces the life of the first woman vice presidential cand...)
Traces the life of the first woman vice presidential candidate, looks at her congressional career, and discusses her stand on political issues
(One week in 1989, Rosemary Breslin got a headache that wo...)
One week in 1989, Rosemary Breslin got a headache that wouldn't go away. After countless tests and treatments, doctors knew little about her strange disease except that it wasn't AIDS or cancer. Two years later, out of a job, in debt, and worried about insurance, Rosemary was invited out by friends--not knowing this would be the night she met her future husband. This is one woman's story about having a real life while facing the question of how long she might live. Serialized in Self magazine. 208 pp. National ads. Author tour. 40,000 print.
Breslin graduated from the Kew-Forest School in Queens, then she attended Hamilton College, receiving Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian studies from it, in 1979.
Breslin began her reporting career in the late 1970s at the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, where she impressed colleagues with her zeal to learn the craft of writing. Breslin's nascent career took her to the New York Times and then the Daily News in New York, where she wrote feature stories. Her mysterious illness set in during 1989, when she was 32. Breslin became fluent in Italian, crafted scripts for "NYPD Blue" and described her feelings about her condition in a series of essays published in the Los Angeles Times and New York Newsday. The pieces mixed warmth, humor and raw, unflinching candor.
Breslin's most popular book Not Exactly What I Had in Mind was the story of her life-affirming love affair amidst her battle with an incurable blood disease. Although doctors were able to rule out AIDS and cancer, they were not able to diagnose Breslin’s disease, much less offer her a cure.
Upon publication in 1997, Not Exactly What I Had in Mind won praise for its candor and style. Rather than dwell on an overly graphic account of her illness, Breslin concentrated “on the woman she’s become as a result of it".
Breslin made nonfiction work for magazines. She was a contributor to periodicals, including the New Republic and New York.
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Breslin was a member of the Writers Guild of America.
Hollywood set maker and nephew of novelist John Gregory Dunne, Dunne fell in love with Breslin and invited her to move into his West Village apartment. Breslin credits him for rescuing her from her own self-pity.
Later, as Breslin described in her book Not Exactly What I Had in Mind, just when things reached rock-bottom, she accepted a dinner invitation with friends and met her future husband, Anthony Dunne. She married Dunne in June 1992.