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Elizabeth Benedict is the author of four novels, including Slow Dancing, which was a finalist for the American Book Award. Her short story Feasting was chosen for Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has taught fiction writing at Princeton University, the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, mostrar mais the New School for Social Research, and Swarthmore College. She lives in New York City. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Elizabeth Benedict

Almost (2001) 219 exemplares
Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession (2015) — Editor; Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
The Practice of Deceit (2005) 130 exemplares
What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most (2013) — Editor; Contribuidor — 95 exemplares
Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives (2009) — Editor; Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
The Beginner's Book of Dreams (1988) 46 exemplares
Slow Dancing (1985) 23 exemplares
Safe Conduct (1993) 13 exemplares
Rewriting Illness (2023) 7 exemplares
FAQ (short work) 1 exemplar

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New York, New York, USA
Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
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What I kept thinking of as a flaw in this book--the lack of author photos--turned out to be one of the things that made it great, because each time I started reading a new essay I just had to google its author. Although there is a contributors list at the end with brief bios, it was impossible to read a bunch of essays about women and their hair without wanting to know what each woman (and her hair) looked like. Inevitably, I read a bit about each of them too, and thus got to know a whole slew of authors who were new to me, and got re-acquainted with others (Jane Smiley, Anne Lamott, Deborah Tannen) on a different footing from any previous contacts I'd had with them. The collection also got me thinking about my own history with and feelings about my hair, and it turns out that hair is a pretty meaty subject!

There's a great interview with editor Elizabeth Benedict here: http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2015/10/04/a-new-book-uncovers-the-co.... I don't want to confirm the fear she mentions in the last question by talking superficially about her hair, but as a person who liberated myself from hair dye a couple of years back myself, I was delighted, when doing the above mentioned googling, to find that she had decided to go gray after writing her essay about not going gray for the collection. Just like Joan Baez, she looks fantastic gray.

Finally, I loved this book because my fabulous-haired best friend gave it to me, and had it signed for me by Ms. Benedict. What better present could a girl ask for?
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CaitlinMcC | 33 outras críticas | Jul 11, 2021 |
What My Mother Gave Me completely blew off all my windows and doors. It's not just that it made me think about the many things, tangible and intangible, that my mother (who has been gone now for 4 years) gave me, although it did do that. It's that the voices of the writers who contributed to its pages made me think about the many and varied ways there are to be a woman. All of these writers, and certainly their many mothers, have lived rich and fascinating lives. Whether I felt kinship with them over the things their mothers gave them that mattered most or not, it was a privilege to get each woman's take on this most pivotal relationship and to catch glimpses of so many different kinds of women's lives.

I finished reading What My Mother Gave Me in a fancy hotel room with a balcony overlooking the sea. My urge to come back to this east coast beach town--a place my family and I went to for the first and last time a little over three years ago to mark the first anniversary of my mother's death--grew and grew as I read. So, when the opportunity presented itself to dash off here for a couple of days, I jumped at the chance. My mother was never in this town or at this hotel that I know of, but we scattered my father's, my brother's, and, finally, her own ashes in the sea as each of them died because that way, by her reckoning, "whenever you're near the water, you're close to the person who died." That idea was foreign to me when she first proposed it when my father died many years ago, and, as a lifelong lover of cemeteries (So peaceful! So quiet! So sad!), I wasn't sure I agreed. As with so many other things, though, she was right. My mother gave me lots of things and ideas that matter more than I ever would have guessed they would at the times she gave them, but that one may be the one that matters most. That, and knowing to always go to a fancy hotel by the sea when you want to, even if you can't really afford it and common wisdom would say that you shouldn't. "You deserve it," was one of my mother's favorite refrains, and also, "Je ne regrette rien." Thanks, Mom!
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CaitlinMcC | 17 outras críticas | Jul 11, 2021 |
baruthcook | 4 outras críticas | Aug 26, 2020 |



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