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True North : A Memoir

by Jill Ker Conway

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It suffers from some of the same problems as her first memoir and sometimes it was very frustrating to read. It seems like life was one long series of intellegent discussions with brilliant colleagues while travelling to great cultural centers. It was good when she actually delved a bit into more mundane or even upsetting events. I don't feel as if I got to know her and yet I think she is probably a very interesting and fascinating woman. It's just unfortunate that the books don't show it.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
The first 2/3 or so of the book was an excellent continuation of the first volume of the author's memoirs, [The Road from Coorain]. This story takes the author from her departure from her native Australia to Harvard where she completes her course work for her PhD in American history, her marriage, and her teaching at the University of Toronto. Unfortunately, a lot of the excitement, verve, even descriptive excellence disappears towards the end of the book when she takes on becoming the first Vice President at the U of T and eventually accepts the presidency of Smith College. Unfortunately, this becomes a about women's education and educational politics and is a lot less interesting, and now considerably dated. I also found the story of her marriage a bit forced. She acknowledged the problems of drinking (both) and manic depression (her husband--who was a renowned scholar in his own right), but most of the description is of an idyllic existence and, frankly, he sounds awfully understanding of her ambitions.The balance seems out of whack; it would have been more interesting with more nuance. It's almost as though she felt obligated to write about it, but didn't really want to. ( )
  NellieMc | Jun 3, 2008 |
Second of Conway's three autobiographical books. The first is Road to Coorain, which covered her childhood in Australia and college there. True North starts with her graduate schooling at Harvard, her marriage, and her years taeching at the University of Toronto and becoming an administrator there, and ends with her selection as president of Smith College. Conway is a writer who makes me remember the excitement of new ideas, the joy of learning, of comminicating with others about ideas. She grows so much in the course of the book, in knowlege, in confidence in her capacity, and in her understanding of relationships. Highly recommended. ( )
  reannon | Nov 22, 2007 |
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Conway's The Road from Coorain presents a vivid memoir of coming of age in Australia. In 1960, however, she had reached the limits of that provincial--and irredeemably sexist--society and set off for America. True North--the testament of an extraordinary woman living in an extraordinary time--te lls the profound story of the challenges that confronted Conway, as she sought to establish her public self.

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Author's memoir of her days as a Harvard graduate student, her marriage to historian John Conway, her road to self discovery, and decision to become president of Smith College.

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