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Our Women of the Year

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“We’re going to change what we think of as literature, to a certain extent, in order for women to be fully felt, I think, in our writing. We have wonderful woman writers… who are bringing us their experience. And their work is an oeuvre; it has a different shape to it, and it’s not going to fit with the old formula of novels. Women’s writing is going to remake our literature and make it whole, I think.” –Carol Shields
Ascent of Women

Ascent of Women

A New Age Is Dawning for Every Mother's Daughter
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
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Sally Armstrong was talking about women in Afghanistan long before the world turned its attention toward that country in 2001. In her new book, Armstrong looks at the amazing change that's being affected by women all over the world.
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Malarky
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She is Our Woman indeed, Schofield's heroine who braves her own way through grief and heartbreak. And Malarky has just been nominated for the Amazon First Novel award!
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Writing the Revolution
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Landsberg chronicled the history of feminism in Canada during the 2nd half of the 20th Century. Her collections marks great changes and growth in the writer's own perspective over time, and also in the society around her.
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The Blondes

The Blondes

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : literary
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The plague is “Blonde Fury”, the media label applied with alacrity, as instances of fair-haired women acting out murderous fits of rage begin to take hold in New York and quickly spread through the world. And this premise was all I really knew about this novel before I read it, imagining the book as some kind of fashionable zombie romp, but I’d got it all wrong. First, because the plague itself is very much of this world, complete with scientific explanations involving melanin and double-X chromosomes. And second, because the plague itself functions just as effectively as metaphor as it does plot-driver, compelling the reader to rush through the pages and then to go back to the beginning and re-experience the story again in all its depth.
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Afflictions & Departures

Afflictions & Departures

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : essays
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Afflictions and Departures is a beautiful book, fusing fact and feeling, the specific and universal, the domestic with the whole wide world, and the effect is a dazzling synergy.
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People You'd Trust Your Life To
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All right, this book is more than 20 years old. But I'm including it because if you haven't read it yet, you should. Wallace's women are flawed, complicated, brave and real.
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How Poetry Saved My Life

How Poetry Saved My Life

A Hustler's Memoir
edition:Paperback
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Amber Dawn documents her profound journey through the indoor and outdoor sex industry, offering up awkward, tough, funny, and tenderhearted reflections on her survival and emergence as a gifted poet and novelist.--Zoe Whittall
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