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Word for Woman Is Wilderness
Word for Woman Is Wilderness | Abi Andrews
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THE OFFICIAL NORTH AMERICAN EDITION!"Beguiling, audacious... rises to its own challenges in engaging intellectually as well as wholeheartedly with its questions about gender, genre and the concept of wilderness. The novel displays wide reading, clever writing and amusing dialogue." --The GuardianThis is a new kind of nature writing -- one that crosses fiction with science writing and puts gender politics at the center of the landscape.Erin, a 19-year-old girl from middle England, is travelling to Alaska on a journey that takes her through Iceland, Greenland, and across Canada. She is making a documentary about how men are allowed to express this kind of individualism and personal freedom more than women are, based on masculinist ideas of survivalism and the shunning of society: the "Mountain Man." She plans to culminate her journey with an experiment: living in a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness, a la Thoreau, to explore it from a feminist perspective.The book is a fictional time capsule curated by Erin, comprising of personal narrative, fact, anecdote, images and maps, on subjects as diverse as The Golden Records, Voyager 1, the moon landings, the appropriation of Native land and culture, Rachel Carson, The Order of The Dolphin, The Doomsday Clock, Ted Kaczynski, Valentina Tereshkova, Jack London, Thoreau, Darwin, Nuclear war, The Letters of Last Resort and the pill, amongst many other topics."Refreshingly outward-looking in a literary culture that turns ever inward to the self, although it still has profound moments of introspection. Uplifting, with a thirsty curiosity, the writing is playful and exuberant. Riffing on feminist ideas but unlimited in scope, Andrews focuses our attention on our beautiful, doomed planet, and the astonishing things we have yet to discover." --Ruth McKee, The Irish Times
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squirrelbrain
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A gift from the lovely @kathedron - not read it yet but really looking forward to it!

This novel follows a 19 year old as she leaves the UK and treks through the North American wilderness .
#girlgonewild
#movember

Cinfhen Which I still haven‘t read/ it‘s in hibernation 🐻 1w
Caroline2 Oh I have this book on my #nfnov tbr pile. It sounds interesting. 👍 1w
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Caroline2 @Cinfhen ohhhh Wild is one of my all time favourite memoirs. Ignore the hype, it‘s very good. 😉 1w
squirrelbrain It‘s actually fiction @Caroline2 - I thought it was nf at first too.... 1w
Caroline2 NO WAY!!! I thought it was a true story!! Argh, I feel duped now! 😒 1w
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Caroline2
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Another book from the TBR shelf! 😯 #downinthewoods #ayupaugust

erzascarletbookgasm Great cover 👍 3mo
TrishB That looks interesting 👍🏻 3mo
Caroline2 @TrishB sounds good doesn‘t it! 😀 3mo
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Caroline2 @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m such a sucker for a great front cover! 😆 3mo
Cinfhen This one sounds great 👍🏽 3mo
Hoopiefoot Such a great read! 3mo
squirrelbrain It does sound great - stacked! ❤️ 3mo
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I really enjoy science and travel writing. The feminist perspective of this book, though, made it especially refreshing. The voice is convincing and enjoyable to read, though I feel like we listened to all the same Radiolab episodes.

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Touché

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Craftylikefox
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From Sweatpants & Coffee
I probably won‘t be doing much reading. I will spend most of it outdoors. This is always a tricky day for me and I need to stay out of my head.
For all the wonderful mothers out there, Happy Mother‘s Day 💕

Rachel.Rencher ❤❤❤ 6mo
JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 6mo
kgriffith Thank you for sharing this, and I‘m glad you know what you need and are taking care of yourself 💜 6mo
tracey38 I have a hard time with Mother's day, too. Glad you are taking time for you. 6mo
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Hoopiefoot
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Girl power night here. Great book to accompany a great women‘s national championship game. 🏀

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twodollarradio
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Star review! Publishers Weekly: “This deeply feminist adventure tale is a splendid, innovative response to the genre of masculine travelogue.”

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This is a new kind of nature writing—one that crosses fiction with science writing and puts gender politics at the center of the landscape.
?Our March release just arrived!?
“Uplifting, with a thirsty curiosity, the writing is playful and exuberant. Riffing on feminist ideas but unlimited in scope, Andrews focuses our attention on our beautiful, doomed planet, and the astonishing things we have yet to discover."
—Ruth McKee, The Irish Times

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ReadingEnvy
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The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews is a philosophical novel exploring the connecting between feminism and answering the call of the wild. It feels like essay and memoir at times, combining a quest with film transcripts and charts, and it's already been a part of conversations I've had with other readers. It's also in conversation with a lot of books I've read about Alaska and Canada this year.

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#readingwomenmonth I picked this up for a friends birthday. About a woman who goes to Alaska after watching to much bear gryllis and wonders why it's always the men who have the hardship travel narrative. I'm going to ask to borrow it after she has read it
@ephemeralwaltz @Andrew65

rmaclean4 I look forward to hearing your thoughts...I have been eyeing this one. 1y
Weaponxgirl @rmaclean4 it will be a while unfortunately, the friend I'm gifting it to is a slow reader. Well by litsy standards anyway but I'm really intrigued by this. 1y
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WhereTheBooksGo
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Had fun picking these from my local #bookshop - the cover of The Word for Woman is Wilderness is perfection! And who can resist Jasper Fforde?

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