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Book Title: The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life|
The author of the book: Nava Atlas
Edition: Sellers Publishing
Date of issue: March 1st 2011
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 753 KB
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Reader ratings: 5.9
ISBN 13: 9781416206323
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This book has a lot to offer an aspiring female author. The things I perceived to be flaws or didn't like about it might be perceived as nit-picking if I tried to briefly explain them, so I will focus more on what I did like.
I did like that it was easy to read, either all the way through (as I did this time) or to dip into either randomly or chasing a particular theme. Atlas allows comments from various authors to sit side by side, sometimes almost contradicting each other and seems to look for quotes both by the same author but that seem contradictory to juxtapose. Even though her method can seem cherry-picking and shallow (she refers to some of the reasons for this and they seem fair for what she is trying to achieve) I suspect there is a lot of work behind this book and what we see is a sort of edited tip of the iceberg.
Atlas presents her "literary ladies" to both encourage and daunt the aspiring writer, she reveal her own vulnerability in both hopeful and humble terms (the "humble" does not always ring true, but she is generously drawing the reader into the club so that is alright). The contradictory and piecemeal shape of the book seems even more fun when you realise that Atlas is implying firstly that the last word on women's experience of writing has not yet been presented and then implies that she and/or the reader still need to contribute and that the collection is always unfinished without the 'implied" reader adding her voice.
This makes it an extremely positive book to read, which is why I don't want to bring in my usual critical lens (but think class if you want to be critical). In the past I have read Atlas' Vegorama (yes it is a cookbook you read, not just follow directions from) and similarly enjoyed the freshness, randomness and creative wit of the book (without always agreeing with the way she'd done it there either). I am somewhat jealous of the uniqueness of atlas' approach and can't help wondering how that will translate to her novel/s (which in this book she says she aspires to write).
If you are a female writer, then this book (or the website it seems to have begotten) is definitely a useful resource (or do I mean fascinating distraction?). I am also tempted (because I didn't like all of Atlas' picks- to try to make up my own list of 12 "literary ladies" and draw inspiration from their writing and biographical material (assuming it is available). Austen, Woolf and L'Engle probably stay on my team...I wonder who else? Not Nin I think!
Oh this book was fun!
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Nava Atlas is the author and illustrator of many well-known vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, including Wild About Greens, Vegan Holiday Kitchen, and many others. Her first book was Vegetariana, now considered a classic in its field. In addition, she has published two books of humor,Expect the Unexpected When You’re Expecting! (A parody), and Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife. Her latest nonfiction book is The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life (http://www.literaryladiesguide.com), an exploration of what it means to create a writer's life, through the first-person narratives of twelve classic authors of the past.
Nava is also a visual artist, specializing in limited edition artist’s books and text-driven objects and installations. Her work has been shown nationally in museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces. Her limited edition books are housed in numerous collections of artist’s books, including the special collections libraries of The Museum of Modern Art (NY), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), National Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Brooklyn Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and dozens of academic collections. Learn more about Nava’s work at VegKitchen.com and navaatlasart.com.
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