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The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life: Inspiration and Advice from Celebrated Women Authors Who Paved the Way Hardcover – March 11, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing Inc (March 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416206329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416206323
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The terrain navigated by women writers has both gender-specific pitfalls and advantages. The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life, explores this varied landscape using the letters, memoirs, interviews, and diaries of twelve exceptional authors from different eras. Each writer is revealed as having approached her profession with a personal motivation, a characteristic attitude, and a desire to write that surpassed the majority of her peers. Superbly illustrated with 130 images black-and-white photos, drawings, and memorabilia...as enjoyable as it is informative. --ForeWord

Nava's insightful commentary lifts the curtain on these women's lives and provides reassuring tips and advice on such subjects as dealing with rejection, money matters, and balancing family with the solitary writing process that will resonate with women writers in today's world. This inspirational book is punctuated with photographs, letters, drawings and other illustrations. It makes a splendid gift book for writers or yourself. --The Muffin

Nava proves that the lives and lessons of those classic women writers resonate with contemporary female writers. The book is a stunningly beautiful compilation, featuring photographs and illustrations in chapters focused upon topics including Becoming a Writer, Developing a Voice, Tools of the Trade, Conquering Inner Demons, and Rejection and Acceptance. --Colloquium

Wouldn't it be great to have Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen or Anais Nin all hanging out in your kitchen, offering you support and wisdom, food for thought to continue on? I can turn to any page and find inspiration, guidance, and wisdom from some of the most amazing writers of the last two centuries. --Alexandra Jamieson (Oprah-featured author and co-star of the Oscar-nominated hit movie Super Size Me), Delicious Vitality (deliciousvitality.com)

I've only read through the book once and already my copy has those post-it flags all along the sides signaling places for me to come back to when I need a literary kick in the pants. -- Katie Sluiter, Katie's Bookcase (katiesbookcase.com)

The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life is the type of book that a writer will turn to again and again over the years for encouragement, to be reminded that one s struggle to perfect a written product is not unique, but an experience shared by some of the world's most renowned authors. --J.H. Siess, Colloquium (jhsiess.com)

The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life was for me a series of revelations, about myself as a woman, about myself as a writer, and about myself as a woman writing. Of course I learned a lot of about the ladies Atlas so warmly presented herein, but I learned more about me in the process ... a highly recommended read, and a great gift for the writerly women in your life. --Kristin King, InkThinker (inkthinkerblog.com)

This bountiful literary quilt of quotations and intimate glimpses of writers work lives is an ideal gift for your favorite book mama...or yourself. --Nina Shengold, Chronogram Magazine<br/
That these women are shown to have been vulnerable not only brings them to life, but suggests that the path to writing well lies in the very risky process of actually doing it, not in the over-reaching goal of landing in the literary archives. --Julie Ann Charpentier, ForeWord Reviews

Atlas gifts to us (women writers) a beautiful little tome of relaxation, discovery and tutelage at the hands of the greats. This book is simply a delight that is likely to live on your bedside table or among your favorites. --Allena Tapia, About.com (About.com/Freelance writing)

This bountiful literary quilt of quotations and intimate glimpses of writers work lives is an ideal gift for your favorite book mama...or yourself. Nina Shengold, Chronogram Magazine
That these women are shown to have been vulnerable not only brings them to life, but suggests that the path to writing well lies in the very risky process of actually doing it, not in the over-reaching goal of landing in the literary archives. Julie Ann Charpentier, ForeWord Reviews
Atlas gifts to us (women writers) a beautiful little tome of relaxation, discovery and tutelage at the hands of the greats. This book is simply a delight that is likely to live on your bedside table or among your favorites. --Allena Tapia, About.com (About.com/Freelance writing)

About the Author

Nava Atlas is best known (at least for now!) as the author and illustrator of many vegan and vegetarian cookbooks, most recently Vegan Express, Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook, and The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. In addition to cookbooks, Nava also produces visual books on family themes, humor, and women's issues. Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife (April 2009) is a satiric look at contemporary marriage and motherhood in the form of a faux 1950s cookbook. Nava is also a fine artist. Her work is shown and collected by museums and universities across the U.S. Her home is in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, where she lives with her husband and two sons. You can see here work at navaatlas.com

More About the Author

Nava Atlas is the author and illustrator of many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, most recently Wild About Greens, Vegan Holiday Kitchen, Vegan Express, and Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Her earlier books include Vegetarian Family Cookbook and The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet.

In addition to cookbooks, Nava also produces visual nonfiction books including The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life (2011; http://www.literaryladiesguide.com), exploring first-person narratives on the writing lives of twelve classic women authors, and commenting on the universal relevance of their experiences to all women who love to write. Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife (2009) is a satiric look at contemporary marriage and motherhood through the lens of a faux 1950s cookbook.

Nava is also an active fine artist specializing in limited edition artist's books and text-driven objects. Her work is shown and collected by museums and universities across the U.S. You can see her work at http://navaatlasart.com. Her home is in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

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I just finished reading it yesterday and I was pleased.
JDHB
Atlas's book motivates modern-day female writers to carve out time from the same twenty-four-hour day the Literary Ladies had to pursue their craft.
Mindy Lawrence
These women's voices will encourage and delight all of us along our paths, no matter how we write the story of our lives!
C. Hall

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on April 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There's so much to love about this book, from the gorgeous layout that makes it a pleasure to page through, to the insightful comments by the author. I'm a writer who loves literature, and I've been keeping this book on my bedside table to enjoy a few pages each night. It's pure delight to read what these special ladies had to say about their work, their process, and their life. This book is an inspiration.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Webb on March 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When an author's name has become synonymous with success it seems impossible to think that they ever shared our worries: rejection, writer's block, money, even parenting. Not only does The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life share the writers' thoughts and Nava's commentary but it is also punctuated with dozens of photographs of the 12 authors, their homes, families, and more. These excerpts from 12 classic writers' journals, letters and interviews is a new way of looking beyond the writer's work to the person they were.

The Literary Ladies is a book you won't be able to stop reading and will find yourself reading again and again--the 12 writers your own personal pep squad. You'll find yourself marking favorite pages where the writers seem to be speaking directly to you. Every writer--male or female--will enjoy this peek behind the curtain at the secret thoughts of writers.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Terri Merritts on March 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I hungrily devoured Literary Ladies" Guide to The Writing Life. Like Nava, I spent my childhood writing, drawing, and reading. As the child of parents who owned a bookstore and who got my first library card for me when I was only 2, reading was an obsession for me. When I was in elementary school, as an advanced reader, I was already enjoying the works of the women writers in Literary Ladies. I tried to use their works as models for my own writing and felt a kinship with women writers even if they had lived a long time before me or in different places. I felt as if we were sisters and that is a powerful connection for a child who longs to be a writer.

Reading this book has drawn up a wellspring of love for these women from my childhood days of admiration. I feel that I know them a lot better now. Isn't it amazing how a writer who one holds in awe actually felt the same fear and doubt about her work (which was so good it is now a classic and taught in college classrooms!) as we do about ours? Their advice is good and it is fascinating to see how they swept the challenges that faced women in their lifetimes out of the way to create these masterpieces?

I highly recommend this book to anyone (not just women) who admire the beautiful literary works of these writers , to those who love to write, even if only just for herself, and for those who dare to dream of great things and would like some encouragement. This is a lovely, inspiring book that reads like a conversation with an old friend. Kudos to Nava Atlas for creating this masterpiece and just one request- Nava, please, will you write a Literary Ladies' Guide to The Writing Life Part 2?!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Hall on June 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Nava Atlas shares the writing ups and downs of twelve well-known authoresses in her delightful book, "The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life". There's no question that any writer would enjoy these insights and advice on rejection and acceptance, money matters, and time management, to name just a few of the concerns covered. What makes the book especially engaging is that the reader is allowed a glimpse into these literary ladies' lives through their own voices.

But you don't have to be a writer yourself to enjoy this wonderful book! There's plenty of inspiration and information for any reader who's ever wondered how to balance work and family, or conquer the inner demons of self-doubt and mediocrity. These women's voices will encourage and delight all of us along our paths, no matter how we write the story of our lives!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Livelearnwithsally on April 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful compilation of historical information. If you have an interest in any one of the authors highlighted you'll become interested in the others. This is an intimate glimpse into the lives and thoughts of another generation. If you are a history buff, have a favorite female author, you are writing your own great literary work or you just appreciate a work well done, you'll enjoy The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Nava Atlas has both designed (with Amy Papaelias) and written a book as artfully and informative as any book on the lives and ideas of women authors through time. She adroitly elects to present her literary ladies not by chronological chapters that would make this simply a history book, but instead has presented each of the twelve authors whom she address as contributors to chapters dealing with the process of becoming a writer in the face of a male dominated society, developing a particular voice that is resonant among a wide group of readers, a discussion of the tools of the trade such as `a room of one's own' and the need for solitude as the author works, an enlightening chapter on conquering inner demons (such as Virginia Woolf's bouts of depression), choosing to be a mother while writing as well, coping with rejection of manuscripts and acceptance by the public, how to make a living as a writer, and dealing with the concept of legacy. Each of these chapters takes moments and comments and letters, and excerpts from these authors, blends them with an inordinately well designed layout of photographs and artwork pertaining to the ladies so that we are hearing from the women themselves, and then finessing the information with Nava Atlas' considerable skills as a biographer, researcher, and writer.Read more ›
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