The Soul of a Woman

The Soul of a Woman

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea comes a passionate and inspiring meditation on what it means to be a woman.

"When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating," begins Isabel Allende. As a child, she watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children without "resources or voice." Isabel became a fierce and defiant little girl, determined to fight for the life her mother couldn't have.

As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s, she rode the first wave of feminism. Among a tribe of like-minded female journalists, she for the first time felt comfortable in her own skin, as they wrote "with a knife between their teeth" about women's issues. She has seen what has been accomplished by the movement in the course of her lifetime. And over the course of three passionate marriages, she has learned how to grow as a woman while having a partner, when to step away, and the rewards of embracing one's sexuality.

So what do women want? To be safe, to be valued, to live in peace, to have their own resources, to be connected, to have control over their bodies and lives, and above all, to be loved. On all these fronts, there is much work to be done, and this book, Allende hopes, will "light the torch of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished."

Title:The Soul of a Woman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593355626
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    The Soul of a Woman Reviews

  • Angela M

    I’ve read quite a few of Isabel Allende’s novels and while I haven’t loved them all equally, I’m a big fan, so it was impossible to pass this up after reading Diane S’s and Elyse’s reviews...

  • Elyse  Walters

    “The Soul of A Woman”....did many of the same things to me as ....”Becoming” by Michelle Obama...And “....”Paula”, ( non-fiction by Isabelle Allende)...And....”The Sum of our Days”: ...

  • Diane S ?

    I can't think of a better book to review on this very special day. A new administration, but also a woman, a black, Asian woman will be sworn in as Vice-President of the United States. The first woman...

  • Linda

    "She has the Spirit of the Sun, the Moods of the Moon, and the Will of the Wind." (Unknown)To define Womanhood is like taking on the task of counting each and every grain of sand along the shore. Each...

  • Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    As a young woman in the late 1960s, Chilean novelist Isabel Allende rode the first wave of feminism. She has paved the way for younger generations and feminists today, and here is The Soul of a Woman,...

  • Judy

    As soon as I saw that Isabel Allende had written a new book, I requested this one. She is one of my favorite writers. Her writing is always beautiful and passionate. This book was a little different i...

  • Cheri

    Allende, born in 1942, begins this memoir by saying ’When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, even before the concept was known in my family, I am not exaggerating.’ It’s very rare that...

  • Linden

    Isabel Allende is the older woman that every younger woman should meet: outspoken, experienced, and wise. She tells of her life, her choices (both good and bad), her sorrows, and her joys. She speaks ...

  • Lou

    In The Soul of a Woman, the almost 80-year-old Chilean-American author invites us to accompany her on this personal and emotional journey where she reviews her connection with feminism from childhood ...

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE SOUL OF A WOMAN by Isabel Allende in exchange for my honest review.***4.5 STARS“When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, ...