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Recollections of My Life as a Woman
by Diane di Prima
Diane di Prima explores the first three decades of her extraordinary life in this evocative memoir. Born into a conservative Italian American family, di Prima grew up in Brooklyn but broke away from her roots to follow through on a lifelong commitment to become a poet, first made when she was in high school. Immersing herself in Manhattan's early 1950s Bohemia, di Prima quickly emerged as a renowned author, an influential editor, and a single mother at a time when it was unheard of. Vividly chronicling the intense, creative cauldron of those years, she recounts her revolutionary relationships and sexuality, and how her experimentation led her to define herself as a woman. What emerges is a fascinating narrative about the courage and triumph of the imagination, and how one woman discovered her role in the world.
"This journey of a young Italian American girl, through the minefields of her childhood in Brooklyn to her breakthrough as a liberated female intellectual decades before the modern women's movement began, is never less than honest and resounds with authenticity." --The Washington Post
"This volume, with its intimate descriptions of childbirth and young motherhood, has something of the texture of such early feminist works as Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook." --New York Newsday