Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir

By Rebecca Solnit

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Price: $26.00  $23.40
Publisher: Viking
Published Date: March 10, 2020
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780593083338
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About the Author

Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books, including A Field Guide to Getting Lost, The Faraway Nearby, A Paradise Built in Hell, River of Shadows, and Wanderlust. She is also the author of Men Explain Things to Me and many essays on feminism, activism and social change, hope, and the climate crisis. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a regular contributor to The Guardian and other publications.

Reviews

Advance praise for Recollections of My Nonexistence

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by O Magazine, Vulture, Good Housekeeping, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Bitch Media, and The Millions

"Throughout her rich body of work, essayist and critic Rebecca Solnit has revealed pieces of herself in writings about the beauty of getting lost, the joys of walking both for pleasure and with purpose, and perhaps most famously, the indignity of being mansplained to. At last, she uses her eagle eye to explore her own life. Recollections of My Nonexistence is a marvel: a memoir that details her awakening as a feminist, an environmentalist, and a citizen of the world. Every single sentence is exquisite." --Maris Kreizman, Vulture

"Rebecca Solnit's opposition to injustice in its many forms, and her relentless inquiry as a writer and reporter into a great range of issues--racial injustice, nuclear weapons, indigenous rights, male hegemony--have defined the outrage and politics of much of her generation. In Recollections of My Nonexistence she draws all these potent metaphors for inequity together into a moral stance that transcends the particulars of all her topics. This is a remarkable book--smart, brave, edgy, insightful, and authentic." --Barry Lopez

"One of our foremost thinkers on womanhood explores the journey of her becoming in this deeply personal memoir about her youth in San Francisco. In her searing, sensitive voice, Solnit recalls the epidemic of violence against women . . . tracing her journey as a writer through her journey to speak out on behalf of women." --Esquire

"This powerful memoir reveals how Solnit's coming-of-age as a journalist and a woman in 1980s San Francisco shaped her as a writer and a feminist. She grapples with sexual harassment, poverty, trauma, and women's exclusion from the cultural conversation, while discovering punk rock and the LGBTQ+ community as safe havens. Her words have long empowered people who feel voiceless, and her latest book is no exception." --Good Housekeeping

"An inquisitive, perceptive, and original thinker and enthralling writer . . . Solnit has created an unconventional and galvanizing memoir-in-essays that shares key, often terrifying, formative moments in her valiant writing life . . . [and] illuminates with piercing lyricism the body-and-soul dangers women face in our complexly, violently misogynist world . . . an incandescent addition to the literature of dissent and creativity." --Booklist (starred review)

"Absorbing . . . A perceptive, radiant portrait of a writer of indelible consequence." --Kirkus (starred review)

"An engaging look at Solnit's life, which succeeds in giving voice to inequity caused by patriarchy . . . Her recollection of her feelings regarding violence and being silenced are particularly resonant . . . She knows who she is and which forces have shaped her . . . [and] realizes the power of naming inequity, violence, and oppression against women." --Library Journal

"Enlightening . . . a thinking person's book about writing, female identity, and freedom by a powerful and motivating voice for change." --Publishers Weekly