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The waterlily and the pink galahs

It’s out of print, but I found a used copy of “The Waterlily” by Kate Llewellyn on Amazon. It was a birthday gift from Helen to Lizzy, according to the inscription, two years after the book was originally published. I’d read it a number of years ago, when I began going to Australia to visit […]

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How Patti Smith learned to be a writer

I’ve been enthralled by all the Patti Smith interviews marking the publication of her second memoir, M Train. So much so that I went to BookWoman to buy it and its predecessor, Just Kids. (But I’m not allowed to start reading them until I finish my essay on two Georgia O’Keeffe exhibits.) About developing her […]

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Review: “The Only Woman in the Room”

What was it like being one of the first two women physics majors at Yale? Eileen Pollack tells-all in her new book, The Only Woman in the Room. Here’s my review, published in the Houston Chronicle: ‘The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club’ By Eileen Pollack Beacon Press, 266 […]

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Review of Sally Mann’s memoir

Thanks to Maggie Galehouse for publishing this review in last Sunday’s Houston Chronicle: ‘Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs’ By Sally Mann. Little, Brown and Company, 496 pp., $32. Photographer Sally Mann is a Southern artist. Not because she was born in Lexington, Virginia, in a hospital converted from the home of Stonewall Jackson, but […]

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“Wolf Hall”: the imagination of empathy

Hilary Mantel took on a most difficult writerly challenge with her historical fiction: she must cleave to the historical record (as far as that goes) and at the same time she is burdened to make that record breathe as vividly as the bravest fiction. I’ve been reading my 50 pages a morning in order to […]

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Book review: Margaret Fuller, a woman’s life

Recently published in Houston Woman magazine: a review essay of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). It’s hard to imagine the depths of Margaret Fuller’s despair as she came of age, an intellectual prodigy in the early nineteenth century, expected to achieve nothing more […]

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Gloria Steinem and Susan Post | AnnDalyWriter.com

BookWoman: one of last feminist bookstores standing

In 1995, the signing party for my first book, Done into Dance: Isadora Duncan in America, was held at BookWoman bookstore, back when it was at 12th and Lamar, near the crystal shop. A dozen years later, when owner Susan Post kindly hosted the book signing for Clarity: How to Accomplish What Matters Most, the […]

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Honoring Isadora Duncan’s birthday in Houston Woman magazine

A great topic is inexhaustible! Twenty years after publishing my book on Isadora Duncan, I’m still finding fresh ways to write about the dancer’s extraordinary life and art. In honor of Duncan’s birthday, I wrote an essay inquiring into the origins of her grand ambition. Thanks to Houston Woman magazine for publishing it, and I […]

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Reading as meditation

I’m not a fiction kind of gal, and never have been. These days when I troll bookstores, I head for the gardening section first, then maybe auto/biography. I picked up Hill Song: A Country Journal (1985, Countryman Press) when I discovered Blue Awning Books about a month ago. (How could I have missed this used […]

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