Stop Waiting Your Turn: What a High Achiever Learned from a Low Achiever is a tale of how a fast-living intellectual came to learn from her slow-growing child—and to poach life wisdoms from her that she’d unsuccessfully tried to assimilate from Shakespeare, Montaigne, Emerson and Nietzsche in foregoing years.
A Propos d’Anne: Une Lettre au Generale de Gaulle (in French) is an open letter to France’s most famous president. Unbeknownst to his admirers, France’s near-legendary strongman was also the father of a preternaturally frail girl. Anne de Gaulle was born with Down Syndrome in 1928 and died in her father’s arms only two decades later. During her lifetime she accompanied the president on his meditation walks, attended his lullabies and shared his moments of greatest tenderness. Her portrait deflected a bullet and saved his life in an assassination attempt. Her body now lies next to his in the presidential tomb. Those who understood Charles de Gaulle’s intimacy with his daughter say it was a secret source of his strength and a major element in his fierce resistance during World War II to the Nazis, who were, as he knew, actively exterminating children like his beloved Anne.
This is an indiscreet personal letter to a discreet public man from a woman who would neither have met nor sympathized with him in his lifetime–were it not for the daughters they shared.