A stunning array of women writers from the U.S. and abroad examine the intimate and politically charged act of writing.
Library Journal"My way of finding a place in this world is to write one," claims Barbara Kingsolver in her contribution to this collection of over 20 essays in which writers like Sandra Cisneros, Assia Djebar, bell hooks, Margaret Atwood, Eavan Boland, and Edwidge Danticat offer a view into their creative worlds. Arranged thematically, the essays are as divergent as their authors, all challenging the reader to think outside the box while addressing issues like globalization, terrorism, racism, sexism, seeking parental approval for becoming a writer, and attempting to write while juggling motherhood and other realities. Their diversity not only strengthens the collection as a whole but also reinforces its core theme: women writers are not cut from one mold. A brief description of the author's life and career precedes each essay. Overall, this collection serves as a powerful tool to challenge the 21st-century difficulties that women face, particularly violence, censorship, and marginalization. Academic and larger public libraries that have collections in literature and women's studies should consider purchasing this highly recommended work.-Erica Swenson Danowitz, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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