In Her Own Words: Women's Memoirs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States [NOOK Book]

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Jill Ker Conway, author of one of the most celebrated memoirs of recent decades, is also the premier anthologist of women's autobiographical writing. In Her Own Words is Conway's distillation of women's experience from the British Commonwealth world she came from, compared with major themes in women's lives in the United States, which is now her home.
   In this dazzling collection, we meet twelve remarkable women−from Shirley Chisholm, the West Indian-raised girl...
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In Her Own Words: Women's Memoirs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States

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Overview

Jill Ker Conway, author of one of the most celebrated memoirs of recent decades, is also the premier anthologist of women's autobiographical writing. In Her Own Words is Conway's distillation of women's experience from the British Commonwealth world she came from, compared with major themes in women's lives in the United States, which is now her home.
   In this dazzling collection, we meet twelve remarkable women−from Shirley Chisholm, the West Indian-raised girl who became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, to Janet Frame, the brilliant New Zealand writer who overcame involuntary treatment in a mental institution to write one of the archetypcal analyses of the postcolonial experience. We learn how the world of politics and the private self intersect in the four offshoots of the old British world, and see how these women have made a difference−by their honesty, by the scale of their struggle for self-knowledge and autonomy, and by the power of their writing.

         Patricia Adam-Smith        Lillian Hellman
         Rosemary Brown             Dorothy Hewett
         Kim Chernin                    Robin Hyde
         Shirley Chisholm              Dorothy Livesay
         Lauris Edmond                Sally Morgan
         Janet Frame                    Gabrielle Roy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307797247
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/29/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,097,471
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1 Australia: I've heard the real train blow
from Hear the Train Blow 3
from Wild Card 39
from My Place 89
Pt. 2 New Zealand: A home in this world
from A Home in This World 173
from An Autobiography 201
from Bonfires in the Rain 247
Pt. 3 Canada: When life itself is the journey, what use is a compass
from Journey with My Selves 295
from Enchantment and Sorrow 328
from Being Brown: A Very Public Life 386
Pt. 4 The United States: Somehow I would tell the world how things were as I saw them
from An Unfinished Woman 475
from Unbought and Unbossed 520
from In My Mother's House 556
Editions Cited 611
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