Maybe It's Me Essays: On Being the Wrong Kind of Woman

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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Eileen Pollack graduated with a BS in physics from Yale and earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of the novels The Bible of Dirty Jokes, A Perfect Life, Breaking and Entering, and Paradise, New York, the short-story collections In the Mouth and The Rabbi in the Attic, and the nonfiction books The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club, and Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michener Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. Her novella The Bris was chosen to appear in Best American Short Stories, edited by Stephen King; two other stories have been awarded Pushcart Prizes, and her essay "Pigeons" was selected by Cheryl Strayed for Best American Essays. Formerly the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan, she now lives in New York City.

". . . An insightful gaggle of essays [that] underscore Pollack's knack for wringing humor from the mundane, successfully striking at the paradoxical ways in which 'sex and birth (and love) can be beautiful as well as ugly, wondrous as well as painful, enticing and mysterious . . . .' This is a hoot."--Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"A master of the long-form personal essay. . . The author's candor, curiosity, humor, and gift for phrasemaking are engaging regardless of the topic. . . Yet more compelling work from a unique mind."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Eileen Pollack's essay collection Maybe It's Me: On Being the Wrong Kind of Woman asks the kind of probing questions that all autobiographical writing ought to pose, but only the most fearless dares to answer. 'Why am I the way I am? What experiences shaped me into the person I've become? What can I see now, looking back on my past, that I couldn't see then?' With a clear eye and a sharp wit, Pollack traces the path by which an outwardly ordinary girlhood gave rise to an extraordinary woman."--Kristen Roupenian, author of You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories