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Women Write Their Lives

Read memoirs and autobiographical essays by exceptional women writers who examine their lives, times, places, experiences, and the social contexts in which they lived. Discover authors from various backgrounds—English, French, West Indian, Italian, and American—who write in a variety of styles and who help us to identify and appreciate many central issues in women’s lives. Explore Virginia Woolf’s autobiographical essays in Moments of Being; Annie Ernaux’s discussion of social mobility and growing up Catholic in France in A Frozen Woman and A Woman’s Story; Jamaica Kincaid’s depiction of family, home, obligation, and choice in My Brother; reflections about work, love, loneliness, and the passage of time in Vivian Gornick’s The Odd Woman and the City and in Natalia Ginzburg’s A Place to Live; Roz Chast’s graphic memoir about daughterhood, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?; Lorrie Moore’s “People Like That Are the Only People Here,” a short story about parenthood; Katha Pollitt’s short story about obsession, “Webstalker”; and Louise Glück’s writings on becoming a poet.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • Familiarity with memoirs written by women

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
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