A cleverly written memoir comprised of a collection of colorful essays, INFLUENTIA celebrates the 50 most influential people, places & things in Ms. McDonald's life, thus far. Being a part of what she coins the "Bridge Generation" spanning the past and the future, the book also chronicles changes in technology and media over the last half century, spotlighting media and entertainment icons such as Michael Jackson, Polaroid, Apple and the Today Show.
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"Of course, people like my great-grandparents, my Uncle Jack, my little brother, and my 4th grade teacher played major parts in shaping who I've become; but I couldn't ignore how much media and technology has influenced me and pretty much everyone who grew up during this time," McDonald said. "It felt so great to revisit my 'stomping grounds' Rockefeller Center, Paris, The Met and LA's South Bay on the page, and share my favorite toys. With contemporaries like Madonna, Clooney and Bono, we really are the coolest generation because we're old enough to know what to do with all the technology available – and still look good."