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True Love Waits: Essays and Criticism Paperback – September, 1997

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From Publishers Weekly

This is an aggravating collection by a tough-minded thinker, who quite accurately describes herself as having "a compulsion to hold forth." Kaminer (I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional) holds forth on such topics as sex, feminism, politics, gun control, divorce laws, freedom of speech and Hillary Clinton's lack of charisma. She has a gift for the pithy phrase ("Publishing activity, like premarital sex, begins early these days") and an unerring eye for both sides of a question. She has no tolerance for feminist scholars who indulge in language abuse, e.g., Sally Cline: "Women who opt for celibacy should have their positive choice in the direction of personal independence and political empowerment validated and approved." But Kaminer herself uses words like "inapt" and "inartful," and she claims that opinion polls may "adumbrate unarticulated ambivalence." People in glass houses? What gets in the reader's way here is that the pieces are undated and unattributed (they appear to range in time from the early 1980s to the present). Knowing where an essay or a review appeared is important. It identifies the intellectual context. Worse is the fact that the numerous reviews often fail to identify fully the book under discussion. Kaminer's ideas are challenging and interesting enough to merit a better showcase.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Taking its title from its opening essay on the premarital chastity movement for teens, this book of social commentary and criticism follows Kaminer's I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional (LJ 6/1/92), which skewered the self-help movement. The pieces in this collection, some of which first appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, and the Village Voice, among others, address such issues as the feminist "backlash," gun control, criminal justice, and gender roles. Their unifying theme, in the author's words, is a plea for "independent thought and individual autonomy." Kaminer, who is a lawyer/journalist/social critic, covers a wide range of topics in her reviews and essays. A well-reasoned and thought-provoking collection, although not likely to spark the controversy engendered by her earlier book.
Pamela R. Daubenspeck, Warren-Trumbull Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Perseus Books (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201327937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201327939
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,728,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been an avid reader all my life. And I am grateful to whatever fates there be that I have finally discovered Wendy Kaminer. Even if it was a burst of unduly enthusiasm that made me say "the most brilliant person on earth" for the title of this brief review, I am going to stand by that statement. I don't think I have ever been in awe of a person's mind to the degree to which I am in awe of Wendy Kaminer's. A few days ago I didn't even know she existed, but by now I have two of her books in my possession, with a third one on its way and two more I have just ordered here.

Be that as it may, what I want to say here is that this collection of essays is just about the most exciting collection of essays that I have ever seen - and that includes the most famous of them all, the essays of Montaigne (and he invented the genre). What you will find in Wendy Kaminer's essays is that (as she herself says in another book) there are more than two sides to an issue. Her thoughtful explorations of whatever topic she chooses to deal with are nothing short of absolutely amazing.

And, according to her own admission, she is not even trying to change your mind, she is just trying to have the freedom to state her own opinions. Ah, but does she change my mind! Even if - as in most cases - I find that I have already agreed with her prior to reading her argument, I still find myself compelled to "change" my mind anyway, and to think (or try to) like she does.

I recommend this book to one and all; I wish the entire world read it, and read each essay in it more than once. I am now looking forward to reading more of her books (soon I shall possess five of them).
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