Synopses & Reviews
Women in Clothes
is a book unlike any other. It is essentially a conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalitiesand#151;famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, oldand#151;on the subject of clothing, and how the garments we put on every day define and shape our lives.
It began with a survey. The editors composed a list of more than fifty questions designed to prompt women to think more deeply about their personal style. Writers, activists, and artists including Cindy Sherman, Kim Gordon, Kalpona Akter, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Tavi Gevinson, Miranda July, Roxane Gay, Lena Dunham, and Molly Ringwald answered these questions with photographs, interviews, personal testimonies, and illustrations.
Even our most basic clothing choices can give us confidence, show the connection between our appearance and our habits of mind, express our values and our politics, bond us with our friends, or function as armor or disguise. They are the tools we use to reinvent ourselves and to transform how others see us. Women in Clothes embraces the complexity of womenand#8217;s style decisions, revealing the sometimes funny, sometimes strange, always thoughtful impulses that influence our daily ritual of getting dressed.and#160;
"Richly atmospheric." The New Yorker
"The Mineral Palace is a marvelous debut novel: harrowing, poetic and tragic enough to satisfy both Faulkner and Oprah." Newsweek
"A strong, moving book about people torn between the hard circumstances in which they live, and the harder ones they bring upon themselves." San Francisco Chronicle
"Heidi Julavits is a remarkable writer. [The Mineral Palace is] a spectacular display of her talents, her sensibilities on love and danger, and her utterly fascinating and singular voice." Amy Tan, author of The Bonesetter's Daughter
"Heidi Julavit's debut novel...is as marvelous as we've seen in a long time. A beautiful, sinister novel." Esquire
In this bold debut novel, a doctor's wife uncovers the sordid secrets of a Colorado mining town during the Great Depression, even as she struggles with the ravaging truths about her marriage and her child.
Bena Duse Jonssen believes in omens, good and bad. She has come to see her destiny in the simple arithmetic of everyday life every random arrangement of numbers (on road signs, calendars, license plates) holds the power to either condemn or console. But Bena Jonssen's life has been anything but simple since she arrived in Pueblo, Colorado a bleak, dusty town caught in the grip of the Great Depression. At home, she measures her ailing baby with a tattered hair ribbon and watches as her marriage crumbles around her. From her office window, she sees a pregnant prostitute with an enigmatic cowboy and begins to question her deepest beliefs about good and evil. And in the depths of a decaying monument to the local mining industry, she confronts a terrifying secret and finds that the things she can't measure are the most frightening of all...
A beautifully illustrated ode to self-expression and personal style, featuring more than 225 contributors, edited by three critically acclaimed authors.
About the Author
SHEILA HETI is the author of five books, including the critically acclaimed How Should a Person Be?
and an illustrated book for children, We Need a Horse.
She frequently collaborates with other artists and writers.
HEIDI JULAVITS is the author of four novels, most recently The Vanishers, winner of the PEN/New England Fiction Award. She is a founding editor of The Believer and a professor at Columbia University.
LEANNE SHAPTON is a Canadian artist, author, and publisher based in New York City. She is the author of Important Artifacts and Swimming Studies, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.