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The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir Hardcover – 19 May 2015
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Praise for Vivian Gornick
"One of the most vital and indispensable essayists of our cultural moment." --Phillip Lopate
"Vivian Gornick's prose is so penetrating that reading it can be almost painful." --Susie Linfield, "Los Angeles Times"
"Reading [Gornick] is a thrilling, invigorating, challenging experience." --Barbara Fisher, "The" "Boston Sunday Globe"
Praise for Vivian Gornick
"[F]unny and elegiac and truth-dealing. . . . It's a slim book with big echoes. . . . What puts "The Odd Woman and the City" across, however, is how deeply Ms. Gornick gets into the fat of feeling. She is as good a writer about friendship as we have."--Dwight Garner "The New York Times "
"[An] elusive and stirring memoir"--David Ulin "Los Angeles Times "
"Gornick's most ambitious attempt yet at the nonromance plot . . . richly felt."--Laura Marsh "The New Republic "
"In an age of often pointless confessional writing, Gornick remains a master of purposeful personal narrative."--Isabella Biedenharn "Entertainment Weekly "
Reading [Gornick] is a thrilling, invigorating, challenging experience.--Barbara Fisher "The Boston Sunday Globe "
"Gornick explores the ebb and flow of relationships with a blunt yet emotionally deft hand."--Jenn Fields "The Denver Post "
[F]unny and elegiac and truth-dealing. . . . It's a slim book with big echoes. . . . What puts "The Odd Woman and the City" across, however, is how deeply Ms. Gornick gets into the fat of feeling. She is as good a writer about friendship as we have.--Dwight Garner "The New York Times "
[An] elusive and stirring memoir--David Ulin "Los Angeles Times "
About the Author
Vivian Gornick is the bestselling author of the acclaimed memoir Fierce Attachments, a biography of Emma Goldman, and three essay collections: The Men in My Life, Approaching Eye Level, and The End of the Novel of Love, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
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The author grounds her experience in a theoretical framework—the flaneur as anonymous eye happily wandering modern urban spaces—but you’d get her point anyway. Gornick finds much meaning in the random everyday encounters provided by the rich streetlife of a great city. We travel with her down those streets and, given that’s she’s a great story teller, it’s a lot of fun.
The Odd Woman and the City integrates Gornick’s observations of city life with fascinating reflections on what it means to be a feminist woman of a certain age, a solitary apartment dweller, a friend of other solitary New Yorkers, etc. Bits of philosophy, literary criticism and autobiography alternate to good effect. Particularly if you share age, experience and a love of urban environments with the author, you are sure to enjoy her book.
Live alone and cherish it with all tts contradictory feelings