The Odd Woman and the City


Oh, this is such a good book! It’s wise, funny, smart, cranky and full of love for New York and delves into the important questions about life and friendship and connection. The author is Vivian Gornick, (author of the wise, cranky, smart etc. The Situation  and the Story) When I love a book I make marks on every page and read it as slowly as possible. This one has lots of marks but is too short and going fast – so at the same time I started rereading Mark Doty’s luminous memoir about the death of his partner, Heaven’s Coast. Last time I read it was fifteen years ago,and it too has pencil marks on almost every page, paragraphs bracketed, sentences underlined, and exclamation marks and checks.

What do people do who don’t like to read and can’t find these books – literature – to guide them or to expand the world for them?


  2 comments for “The Odd Woman and the City

  1. loren stephens
    May 28, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Hi Barbara. Loved this book — a great sequel to “Fierce Attachments.” I loved the device of circling back to her friend Leonard from time to time. Gives her readers to be as you say “cranky to a fare the well.” Loren Stephens

    May 28, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    hope to read it…if you loved it, i will as well!!!

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