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Learning to Drive And Other Life Stories

ISBN-10: 0812973542
ISBN-13: 9780812973549
Edition: N/A
Authors: Katha Pollitt
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Description: Celebrated for her award-winning political columns, criticism, and poetry, Katha Pollitt now shows us another side of her talent.Learning to Driveis a surprising, revealing, and entertaining collection of stories drawn from the author’s own life.  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Celebrated for her award-winning political columns, criticism, and poetry, Katha Pollitt now shows us another side of her talent.Learning to Driveis a surprising, revealing, and entertaining collection of stories drawn from the author’s own life. With deep feeling and sharp insight, Pollitt writes about the death of her father; the sad but noble final days of a leftist study group of which she was a member; and the betrayal and heartbreak inflicted by a man who seriously deceived her. (Her infinitely patient, gentle driving instructor points out her weakness–“Observation, Katha, observation!”) She also offers a candid view of her preoccupation with her ex-lover’s haunting presence on the Internet, and her search there for a secret link that might provide a revelation about him that will Explain Everything. Other topics include the differences between women and men–“More than half the male members of the Donner party died of cold and starvation, but three quarters of the females survived, saved by that extra layer of fat we spend our lives trying to get rid of”–and the practical implications of political theory: “What if socialism–all that warmhearted folderol about community and solidarity and sharing was just an elaborate con job, a way for men to avoid supporting their kids?” Learning to Drivedemonstrates that while Katha Pollitt is undeniably one of our era’s most profound observers of culture, society, and politics, she is just as impressively a wise, graceful, and honest observer of her own and others’ human nature. From the Hardcover edition.

Rory Dicker is Assistant Professor of English at Westminster College. She lives in Columbia, Missouri. Alison Piepmeier is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for 'The Nation.' Jennifer Baumgardner writes for various magazines, including 'Ms,' 'Harper's,' and 'Elle,' and is the coauthor (with Amy Richards) of 'Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.'

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