"I regard this novel as a work without redeeming social value, unless it can be recycled as a cardboard box.""In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.""Most people do not consider dawn to be an attractive experience - unless they are still up.""Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.""The things we hate about ourselves aren't more real than things we like about ourselves.""There's a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over - and to let go. It means leaving what's over without denying its value.""Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, aren't even aware of.""We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook?""We owned what we learned back there; the experience and the growth are grafted into our lives.""When we describe what the other person is really like, I suppose we often picture what we want. We look through the prism of our need.""You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever."
Goodman was born in Newton, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Jacob Holtz and Edith Weinstein Holtz, and is the sister of architecture critic and author Jane Holtz Kay. Goodman graduated (cum laude) from Radcliffe College in 1963 with a degree in modern European history. She married her first husband Anthony Goodman in 1963 and gave birth to their daughter Katie in 1968. After their divorce, she married her second husband, journalist Bob Levey in 1982.