Megan Daum

Meghan Daum is the author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a personal chronicle of real estate addiction and obsessive fascination with houses, as well as the novel The Quality of Life Report and the essay collection My Misspent Youth. Since 2005 she has written a weekly column for The Los Angeles Times, which appears on the op-ed page every Thursday. She has contributed to public radio’s Morning Edition, Marketplace and This American Life and has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, Vogue, Self, New York, Travel & Leisure, BlackBook, Harper’s Bazaar, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Book Review.

Equal parts reporter, storyteller, and satirist, Meghan has inspired controversy over a range of topics, including social politics, class warfare and the semiotics of shag carpet. She has been widely praised in the press and elicits particular enthusiasm from customer reviewers, who have hailed her work as everything from “brilliant and outrageously funny” to “obnoxious, arrogant, rambling dribble,” (sic). Meghan’s work is included in dozens of college textbooks and anthologies, including The KGB Bar Reader, Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, and The New Gilded Age: The New Yorker Looks at the Culture of Affluence.

Books in order of publication:

My Misspent Youth: Essays – 2001

The Quality of Life Report – 2004

Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House – 2010

The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion – 2014

Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on The Decision Not To Have Kids – 2015

The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars – 2019

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