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A Letter to the President (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Erica Jong
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Book Description

From the legendary best-selling author of Fear of Flying comes a powerful essay directed at politicians who depend on the women's vote, yet never bother to address women until they need to be rescued. In no uncertain terms, Erica Jong addresses the key issues facing American women -- abortion, jobs, economic parity, health care, and more -- and makes clear that in return for the women's vote, our President must fulfill his promise to advance the rights of American women. Erica Jong fiercely believes that women's rights are human rights, and a core value of democracy. Jong holds nothing back in this breathless, urgent and necessary call to arms.

The happy fact that Obama has won a second term in no way detracts from her insistence that he look at the electorate differently, rather than turning it all over to Michelle!

Women are not a minority to be appeased. Rather, we are the majority.

Beginning with the worldwide sensation created by her debut novel, Fear Of Flying, in 1973 -- which has sold 26 million copies to date -- Erica Jong has established herself not only as an important American novelist and poet, but also as a passionate and compelling commentator on feminist issues. Jong has published eight novels, two memoirs and seven books of poetry.

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  • Print Length: 17 pages
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  • Language: English
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings up issues that sadly are neglected November 9, 2012
By Sherri
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Erica Jong brings up issues that sadly are neglected in the media of our culture. No where else in this election process did I hear about the specifics of education yet I live in a community where only the wealthy can afford preschool or full-time kindergarten. And when I was pregnant with my first child, my friends from other countries couldn't believe that in America not only were the costs of the medical care overwhelming if employed with "good" insurance, but there was essentially no maternity leave other than sick leave. I don't agree with all that Erica Jong says, but she is the voice that too often gets lost in our political system that favors the wealthy and retired, but seems to ignore those who are so busy working full-time while caring for others. We need to hear more from the voices of those who care for the young.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Education for todays humans November 15, 2012
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This is the first time I have read a thought out piece of work on the last election..... wish I could have gotten this into the hands of many.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure why this didn't do it for me... January 4, 2013
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we're on the same page on many issues and I've read and liked Jong's work over the years...maybe it was intended for people less politically obsessed than I am? Then it's a little insulting to pitch it as "A Letter to the President", don't you think? I care about day care, despite not having my own children, but it's still not that revolutionary to read the same old statistics from Sweden over and over again like it's all brand new. Young women who find feminism stuck in a time warp(although, to be fair, the opposition has one too, and it's far more dangerous) aren't going to be dissuaded from that thought by things like this.
Sometimes I'm not sure about Singles in general.It sounds like a great idea, getting a snippet from someone whose work you admire, for cheap. But the last few I've gotten have seemed like rehashings of other things, meant to keep the author's name in your mind, more than anything to do with engaging readers...Jong appears desperate to seem timely, here. Given that the Deal of the Day is often the same price as these 39 pages, which, of course, if this were an actual letter, would be quite long, I didn't really feel that I'd gotten my money's worth either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong, well spoken views December 16, 2012
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I think all candidates for public office should read this. Erica was assertive and pointed in making her views known.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hope he listened December 5, 2012
By gone50
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Like all editorials, this "letter" is biased, to a degree, in favor of the author's group. However, since I too am a member of that group (women) I agree with most of what she says. There are some very valid points in the narrative. Now that her (and my) selection of candidate with the best hope of fulfilling the needs of women in society has been re-elected, let's just hope Mr. Obama read this book also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compact Synopsis December 5, 2012
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I am male so in some important regards, this essay is a communication from a member of an alien species!

that said. this is about as good a summary as I can imagine of many of the major concerns of women. For those of us with XY chromosomes, worth reading,pondering, and heeding.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A voice of sanity amidst the craziness November 22, 2012
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It had to be said, and who better than Erica!? She's been writing sexually honest books since far before it was popular.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enviably articulate. November 27, 2012
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Ms. Jong hit all the notes in the right tone of voice. I can only dream of being so articulate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed
I was hoping for an unbiased, logical description of a point of view but found that this lacked the objectivity I was hoping to find.
Published 9 months ago by Bob48420
2.0 out of 5 stars Some Valid Points
...but rather cloying, inconsequential and, particularly, condescending...information on women's issues = important... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Debbie Anne Wow
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Talking Points
I have been a fan of Erica Jong for many years, and as usual, she hit the right notes! My only complaint on this book was that I've heard all of the talking points through the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by SK
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
I think. this should be a must read for all women. When people vote they should know what each candidate stands for on all major issues. Read more
Published 22 months ago by brian middaugh
1.0 out of 5 stars oops
bought it by accident and returned it right away with no problem. I love dealing with amazom they are the best.
Published 23 months ago by G-Ma
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary of issues
Thought this was a good summary of the issues involved in the election especially those that pertain to women. Glad I read it before I voted.
Published 23 months ago by Janice
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read it
Still in my kindle to be able to reread it. Should be free and be advertized as a must read by all
Published 24 months ago by Marilyn Shoel
1.0 out of 5 stars A letter to the President --
I was so deceived by the beginning of this book -- I really thought it was going to be all about the role that women play in our modern day politics only to realize after a few... Read more
Published on November 27, 2012 by Shirley S. Tharp
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More About the Author

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Erica Jong--novelist, poet, and essayist--has consistently used her craft to help provide women with a powerful and rational voice in forging a feminist consciousness. She has published 21 books, including eight novels, seven volumes of poetry, six books of non-fiction and numerous articles in magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, The Sunday Times of London, Elle, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal.
In her groundbreaking first novel, Fear of Flying (20 million in print around the world in more than forty languages), she introduced Isadora Wing, who also plays a central part in three subsequent novels--How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses, and Any Woman's Blues. In her three historical novels--Fanny, Shylock's Daughter, and Sappho's Leap--she demonstrates her mastery of eighteenth-century British literature, the verses of Shakespeare, and ancient Greek lyric, respectively. Erica's latest book, a memoir of her life as a writer, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life, came out in March 2006. It was a national bestseller in the US and many other countries.
A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University's Graduate Faculties where she received her M.A. in 18th Century English Literature, Erica Jong also attended Columbia's graduate writing program where she studied poetry with Stanley Kunitz and Mark Strand. In 2008, continuing her long-standing relationship with the university, a large collection of Erica's archival material was acquired by Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, where it will be available to graduate and undergraduate students. Ms. Jong plans to teach master classes at Columbia and also advise the Rare Book Library on the acquisition of other women writers' archives.

Calling herself "a defrocked academic," Ms. Jong has partly returned to her roots as a scholar. She has taught at Ben Gurion University in Israel, Bennington College in the U.S., Breadloaf Writers' Conference in Vermont and many other distinguished writing programs and universities. She loves to teach and lecture, though her skill in these areas has sometimes crowded her writing projects. "As long as I am communicating the gift of literature, I'm happy," Jong says. A poet at heart, Ms. Jong believes that words can save the world.

Known for her commitment to women's rights, authors' rights and free expression, Ms. Jong is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and abroad. She served as president of The Authors' Guild from 1991 to 1993 and still serves on the Board. She established a program for young writers at her alma mater, Barnard College. The Erica Mann Jong Writing Center at Barnard teaches students the art of peer tutoring and editing.
Erica Jong was honored with the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature. She has also received Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize, also won by W.S. Merwin and Sylvia Plath. In France, she received the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence and in Italy, she received the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature. The City University of New York awarded Ms. Jong an honorary PhD at the College of Staten Island. In June 2009, Erica won the first Fernanda Pivano Prize for Literature in Italy.

Currently Ms. Jong is working on a novel featuring "a woman of a certain age." Its working title is secret. Fear of Flying is in preparation as a BBC mini-series. Her first anthology, Sugar In My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex, will be published on June 14th, 2011.
Erica Jong lives in New York City and Weston, CT with her husband, attorney Ken Burrows, and standard poodle, Belinda Barkowitz. Her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast, is also a writer.

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