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Writing Women's Lives: An Anthology of Autobiographical Narratives by…

by Susan Cahill (Editor)

Other authors: Shirley Abbott (Contributor), Jane Addams (Contributor), Dorothy Allison (Contributor), Maya Angelou (Contributor), Mary Antin (Contributor)44 more, Louise Bogan (Contributor), Hortense Calisher (Contributor), Bebe Moore Campbell (Contributor), Lorene Cary (Contributor), Sandra Cisneros (Contributor), Lucille Clifton (Contributor), Ann Cornelisen (Contributor), Mary Crow Dog (Contributor), Dorothy Day (Contributor), Joan Didion (Contributor), Annie Dillard (Contributor), Beverly Donofrio (Contributor), MFK Fisher (Contributor), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Contributor), Nikki Giovanni (Contributor), Diane Glancy (Contributor), Ellen Glasgow (Contributor), Vivian Gornick (Contributor), Patricia Hampl (Contributor), Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (Contributor), Lillian Hellman (Contributor), bell hooks (Contributor), Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (Contributor), Maureen Howard (Contributor), Zora Neale Hurston (Contributor), Joyce Johnson (Contributor), Jamaica Kincaid (Contributor), Maxine Hong Kingston (Contributor), Natalie Kusz (Contributor), Madeleine L'Engle (Contributor), Denise Levertov (Contributor), Audre Lorde (Contributor), Nancy Mairs (Contributor), Mary McCarthy (Contributor), Mary E. Mebane (Contributor), Kate Millett (Contributor), Jane O'Reilly (Contributor), Tillie Olsen (Contributor), May Sarton (Contributor), Florida Scott-Maxwell (Contributor), Kate Simon (Contributor), Eileen Simpson (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor)

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Writings from Jane Addams, Ellen Glasgow, May Sarton, Joan Didion, Nancy Mairs, Jamaica Kincaid, bell hooks, Natalie Kusz, and many others, reflecting on their lives, their work, their worlds, connectedness, and commitment to community.
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Only partly finished this book, but the opening chapters and the introduction made it clear that these women need to be read more and that more women need to write.

I will put this book back on my to read list for when I have more time, because these writers lives deserve closer scrutiny, particularly as an aspiring novelist myself. ( )
  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
Only partly finished this book, but the opening chapters and the introduction made it clear that these women need to be read more and that more women need to write.

I will put this book back on my to read list for when I have more time, because these writers lives deserve closer scrutiny, particularly as an aspiring novelist myself. ( )
  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
I loved this book so much. It has pushed me to try writers new to me (Madeleine L'Engle, Jane O'Reilly). I really love the diversity and beauty of women's voices.

Madeleine L'Engle, on the consequences of her husband's smoking, which was so fashionable once: "Consequences: cancer is a result of consequences. It is not sent as a punishment. I do not have to make the repulsive theological error of feeling that I have to see cancer as God's will for my husband. I do not want anything to do with that kind of God. Cancer is not God's will. The death of a child is not God's will. The deaths from automobile accidents during this long holiday weekend are not God's will. I would rather have no God at all than that kind of punitive God. Tragedies are consequences of human actions, and the only God worth believing in does not cause the tragedies but lovingly comes into the anguish with us."

Lucille Clifton: "Things don't fall apart. Things hold. Lines connect in thin ways that last and last and lives become generations made out of pictures and words just kept."

Feeds right into my current obsession with family photographs. ( )
  CatherineBurkeHines | Nov 28, 2018 |
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  • Extract from Twenty Years at Hull House / Jane Addams
  • Extract from Life and I / Edith Wharton
  • Extract from The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman / Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Extract from The Woman Within / Ellen Glasgow
  • Extract from The Promised Land / Mary Antin
  • Extract from The Measure of My Days / Florida Scott-Maxwell
  • Extract from Dust Tracks on a Road / Zora Neale Hurston
  • Extract from Journey Around My Room / Louise Bogan
  • Extract from The Long Loneliness / Dorothy Day
  • Extract from An Unfinished Woman / Lillian Hellman
  • Grandmother's Nervous Stomach, extract from To Begin Again / M.F.K. Fisher
  • Extract from One Writer's Beginnings / Eudora Welty
  • Extract from Herself / Hortense Calisher
  • Extract from How I Grew / Mary McCarthy
  • Extract from Journal of a Solitude / May Sarton
  • Extract from Bronx Primitive / Kate Simon
  • Extract from Silences / Tillie Olsen
  • Extract from Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage / Madeleine L'Engle
  • Extract from All the Brave Promises / Mary Lee Settle
  • Extract from Orphans, Real and Imaginary / Eileen Simpson
  • Beatrice Levertoff: Autobiographical Sketch / Denise Levertov
  • Extract from Where It All Began: Italy 1954 / Ann Cornelisen
  • Extract from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings / Maya Angelou
  • Extract from Facts of Life / Maureen Howard
  • Extract from Mary / Mary Mebane
  • Extract from Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South / Shirley Abbott
  • On the Morning After the Sixties, extract from The White Album / Joan Didion
  • Women and Blacks and Bensonhurst, extract from The Astonishing World / Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
  • Extract from Farewell to Manzanar / Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
  • Extract from A Burst of Light / Audre Lorde
  • Extract from The Loony-Bin Trip / Kate Millett
  • Extract from Fierce Attachments / Vivian Gornick
  • Extract from Minor Characters / Joyce Johnson
  • Extract from Generations / Lucille Clifton
  • Expectations, extract from The Girl I Left Behind / Jane O'Reilly
  • Extract from The Woman Warrior / Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Extract from Claiming Breath / Diane Glancy
  • Extract from Sacred Cows and Other Edibles / Nikki Giovanni
  • Extract from Carnal Acts / Nancy Mairs
  • Extract from An American Childhood / Annie Dillard
  • Extract from A Romantic Education / Patricia Hampl
  • Deciding To Live, preface to Trash / Dorothy Allison
  • Extract from A Small Place / Jamaica Kincaid
  • Extract from Sweet Summer: Growing Up with and without My Dad / Bebe Moore Campbell
  • Extract from Riding in Cars with Boys: Confessions of a Bad Girl Who Makes Good / Beverly Donofrio
  • Extract from Talking Back / bell hooks
  • Extract from Interviews with Writers of the Post-Colonial World / Sandra Cisneros
  • Extract from Lakota Woman / Mary Crow Dog
  • Extract from Black Ice / Lorene Cary
  • Extract from Road Song / Natalie Kusz
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