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I Am Subject: We Write What We Need to Learn

I Am Subject: We Write What We Need to Learn

Meet US Author Diane DeBella. She’s is our Site Sponsor through early June 2014. Her book “I Am Subject” is highly relevant to each of us as women, and as women writers. It is about being subject of our own lives, not objects, not adjuncts to the lives of others. Stay a while. Linger here and […]

April 17, 2014 | By | 19 Replies More
An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler

An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler

An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler   We’re excited to bring you another book – this one by the noted feminist and author of Women and Madness, Phyllis Chesler.  “The dramatic, riveting, and timely tale of how one woman’s harrowing ordeal in a harem in Afghanistan shaped her into a modern feminist leader […]

November 20, 2013 | By | 8 Replies More
How Can I Get My Memoir Published

How Can I Get My Memoir Published

After you have toiled and tinkered and revised for ages, and you feel you finally have a strong manuscript, you begin to wonder how on earth to get your book into print. It goes without saying that that is a tough world, and even really top literary manuscripts fail to find a New York publisher. […]

October 25, 2013 | By | 7 Replies More
My Big Fake Immigrant Memoir

My Big Fake Immigrant Memoir

Let’s face it, the American immigration story has been done to death. It’s the “been-there-wrote-that” tale. So would someone please tell why I’m sitting here writing a book-length memoir about leaving my native Ireland, at age 24, to come alone to live in America? While I’m penning my woman’s immigrant story, the very same story is being played […]

May 21, 2013 | By | 6 Replies More
Losing the Artist, Saving Her Art (Part 2)

Losing the Artist, Saving Her Art (Part 2)

Continued from Losing the Artist, Saving her Art Part 1. Eugenia’s physicians finally allowed her to travel with considerable misgivings, as she was 84 and had a metallic heart valve. Transatlantic travel is stressful one way or the other, but there was no holding her back. She wanted to experience the place that her daughter had loved […]

November 23, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Domestic Abuse and Isolation in Relationships

Domestic Abuse and Isolation in Relationships

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are featuring a number of blog posts by women writers on the topic. Sexual assault, addiction, and suicide are unsolved social problems that carry stigmas. The stigmas cast a code of silence that do not solve problems. The result of not speaking about the crime of sexual assault is too often […]

October 16, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Reflections on Native American Novelist Leslie Marmon Silko

Reflections on Native American Novelist Leslie Marmon Silko

It is a “given” that for bibliophiles like me, there is nothing better than curling up with a good read in a quiet house with a cup of steaming coffee – I take mine with cream and sugar. And there are scores of genres and sub-genres from which to choose. Romance. Inspiration. Poetry. Biography. You […]

September 12, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Italian Author Elena Doni: Writing Fakhra Younas’ Life Story

Italian Author Elena Doni: Writing Fakhra Younas’ Life Story

Backstory. The memoir, “Il volto cancellato” by Fakhra Younas with Elena Doni, is the story of a Pakistani woman who started life in Karachi’s red light district, became famous as a dancer and movie star, and then was unspeakably disfigured by an acid attack. Fakhra married her “prince”, the son of the former governor of Pakistan’s […]

June 1, 2012 | By | 5 Replies More
Post Trauma Healing: An Interview with Author Michele Rosenthal

Post Trauma Healing: An Interview with Author Michele Rosenthal

“I began writing my story at the age of 37, because I’d read that in order to overcome PTSD one had to be able to tell one’s story.” Michele Rosenthal Every now and then when we need help, we’re fortunate enough to know exactly what type we need and where to find it. However, even in […]

May 15, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
When the Story Hurts too Much: Fakhra Younas’ Life and Memoir

When the Story Hurts too Much: Fakhra Younas’ Life and Memoir

When a woman tells her story, writes her memoir, she is writing her own history. She becomes visible to history; part of the human narrative. Telling her truth, her experience and wisdom, she leaves her legacy. When the life lived hurts too much… it’s hard to write, and hard to tell. And when the story told […]