Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Reflections by Women Writers

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Susan Morrison
Harper Collins, Jan 22, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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No other politician inspires such a wide range of passionate feelings as Hillary Rodham Clinton. As America's first viable female candidate for president, she has become the repository of many women's contradictory hopes and fears. To some she's a sellout who changed her name and her hairstyle when it suited her husband's career; to others she's a hardworking idealist with the political savvy to work effectively within the system. Where one person sees a carpetbagger, another sees a dedicated politician; where one sees a humiliated and long-suffering wife, another sees a dignified First Lady. Is she tainted by the scandals of her husband's presidency, or has she gained experience and authority from weathering his missteps? Cold or competent, overachiever or pioneer, too radical or too moderate, Hillary Clinton continues to overturn the assumptions we make about her.

In Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary, New Yorker editor Susan Morrison has compiled this timely collection of thirty original pieces by America's most notable women writers. This pointillistic portrait paints a composite picture of Hillary Clinton, focusing on details from the personal to the political, from the hard-hitting to the whimsical, to give a well-balanced and unbiased view of the woman who may be our first Madam President. Taken together, these essays—by such renowned writers as Daphne Merkin, Lorrie Moore, Deborah Tannen, Susan Cheever, Lionel Shriver Kathryn Harrison, and Susan Orlean—illuminate the attitudes that women have toward the powerful women around them and constitute a biography that is must reading for anyone interested in understanding this complex and controversial politician.

  

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Review: Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Reflections by Women Writers

User Review  - Nora - Goodreads

Occasionally redundant (many mentions of Wellesley address, scandals, apparel, etc) but overall fascinating series of essays. Read full review

Review: Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Reflections by Women Writers

User Review  - Laurie - Goodreads

I read this during the 2008 election season, before Hillary Clinton was out of the race (I was planing to vote for her and actually had the chance to in the PA primary). Not all articles were pro-Hillary; it was a very interesting read if you are interested in Hillary Clinton. Read full review

Contents

Introduction by Susan Morrison
1
HILLARY
10
HILLARY ROTTEN
16
HOW HUNGRY IS HILLARY?
21
BOYS AND GIRLS
29
MONARCHY IN THE MAKING
47
MY GENERATION
65
FATE IS A FEMINIST ISSUE
74
FROM THE 1965 EYRIE YEARBOOK
124
FIRM HILLARY
140
CONFESSIONS OF A HILLARY HAGIOGRAPHER
167
MACRAMÉ ANYONE?
183
THE SELFRELIANCE THING
197
THE SORCERESS PROBLEM
217
BEYOND GENDER
230
Contributors
249

CHEATING
87
THE WIFE THE CANDIDATE
104

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About the author (2008)

Susan Morrison has been the articles editor of The New Yorker for twelve years. She is the former editor in chief of the New York Observer, an original editor of SPY magazine, and the onetime features director of Vogue. She lives in New York City with her two daughters.

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