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Burning Questions: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Alix Kates Shulman
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A provocative coming-of-age chronicle of the Women’s Liberation Movement, as seen through the eyes of a young woman who flees midwestern suburban life to find her true self in 1950s New York City

Eighteen-year-old Zane IndiAnna feels trapped by life in her small midwestern town. So she sets out for New York, landing in Greenwich Village during the revolutionary days of Allen Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac. Zane’s story of rebellious political awakening plays out over the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, mirroring the rise of the Women’s Liberation Movement and bringing the evolution of American feminism to vivid life.
 
Stirring and unforgettable, Burning Questions is a timeless story filled with humor, passion, and revolutionary spirit.


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“Rings with political passion and conviction.” —Rolling Stone

“Moving.” —Simone de Beauvior

“It brought back to me in a rush of emotion . . . how the women’s movement began for all of us.” —Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique

 “One of the most important books of our time.” —Barbara Seaman, cofounder of the National Women's Health Network

About the Author

Alix Kates Shulman (b. 1932) is the celebrated author of fourteen books, including the New York Times bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen (1972), which established her as a primary figure in feminism’s second wave. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Shulman studied philosophy at Columbia University and received an MA at New York University. She became a political activist, joining the Congress of Racial Equality in 1961 and the Women’s Liberation Movement in 1967. Her other novels include Burning Questions (1978), On the Stroll (1981), In Every Woman’s Life . . . (1987), and Ménage (2012). She has also written the memoirs Drinking the Rain (1995), A Good Enough Daughter (1999), and To Love What Is (2008);a biography of Emma Goldman entitled To the Barricades (1971); and A Marriage Agreement and Other Essays: Four Decades of Feminist Writing (2012). Shulman lives in Manhattan and continues to speak frequently on issues such as writing, feminism, and reproductive choice.

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  • File Size: 670 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (April 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GQXG0C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well written, engaging novel about a young woman's coming of age during the 50s, with original insights into the female experience during the Beat movement in the Village, etc. The perspectives are at times iconoclastic; overall, this is a provocative, even enlightening work.
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A fantastic book written in first person that reads like a rich memoir of growing up in Middle America in the 40's and 50's, moving to Grenwich Vilage and carousing with Beatnicks, falling into marriage and motherhood and ultimately becoming part of the quite radical feminist movement in NYC. What is particularly engaging about this book is the depth and nuances with which the idealism and folly of each of these aspects of history were "lived" through the experience of the protagonist. I highly recommend this book.
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More About the Author

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Alix attended public schools and planned to be a lawyer like her dad. But in college at Case Western Reserve University she was smitten by philosophy and upon graduation moved to New York City to study philosophy at Columbia grad school. After some years as an encyclopedia editor, she enrolled at New York University, where she took a degree in mathematics, and later, while raising two children, an MA in Humanities.

She became a civil rights activist in 1961 and a feminist activist in 1967, published her first book in 1970, and taught her first class in 1973--all lifelong pursuits that have found their way into her books.

Having explored in her novels the challenges of youth and midlife, in her memoirs she has probed the later stages in the ongoing drama of her generation of women, taking on the terrors and rewards of solitude, of her parents' final years, and of her late-life calling as caregiver to her beloved husband, with whom she lives in New York City.

She is the author of:

five novels:
Ménage
Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen
Burning Questions
On the Stroll
In Every Woman's Life...

three memoirs:
Drinking the Rain
A Good Enough Daughter
To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed

selected essays:
A Marriage Agreement and Other Essays: Four Decades of Feminist Writing

two books on the anarchist-feminist Emma Goldman:
To the Barricades (biography)
Red Emma Speaks (collection)

and three books for children:
Bosley on the Number Line
Awake and Asleep
Finders Keepers.

For more information, see AlixKShulman.com.

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