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Joining Danielle for the new fall season will be some of your favorite co-splainers from past episodes: Caitlin Flanagan and Meghan Cox Gurdon. In addition to her many thoughtful (and often hilarious) essays for The Atlantic, Caitlin is the author of To Hell With All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife and Girl Land. Most important, her favorite cocktail is a strong martini. Meghan, meanwhile, is a book critic for the Wall Street Journal and author of The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction. She is also one of Danielle's oldest friends. Whoops, we don't mean that in terms of age! (Although as Meghan likes to point out, she met Danielle when they were both "yummy mummies." Sadly, they are now in their "Karen" years.) Wine is her favorite beverage, although she is not averse to a Manhattan during the winter.

Danielle Crittenden

When the party’s starting, Danielle’s the one throwing it. A master convenor of ideas, personalities, and lively conversation, Danielle is that party hostess who puts every guest at ease … and gets the dancing going. Her favorite cocktail is the classic side car: a smooth combination of tangy and sweet which packs an unexpected punch.

Author of four books, including What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman, which resulted in Vanity Fair describing her as “one of the most important new thinkers about women and family.” 

Other works include a novel, AmandaBright@Home, the first modern work of fiction to be serialized in the Wall Street Journal. She’s also the co-author of a cookbook, From a Polish Country House Kitchen, co-written with Pulitzer-prize winning historian Anne Applebaum.

A contributing editor to the Huffington Post, Danielle’s articles and essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Daily Telegraph. A former columnist for the New York Post, she has appeared on NBC’s Today show as well as CSPAN, MSNBC, PBS, CNN, and NPR.

Last seen: September 22nd 2021

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