Coming Soon! Her Own Accord

adu-hoa3We’re always excited and proud to announce a new title, but we’re exuberant about our forthcoming anthology Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community. Gender, and the tremendous impact it has on people’s lives, is finally part of the national dialogue, and we’re thrilled to add the voices of 27 women writers to the conversations. The selections—including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short stories, memoirs, and journalistic works—explore the experiences, challenges, and achievements of women from a contemporary point of view. Together, these selections and their accompanying discussion questions allow readers to explore how gender informs every aspect of a woman’s life—identity, family, relationships, work, and politics.

“We need a complete shift, a total overhaul of how we think of women and girls and their place in the world. And one of the most impactful ways to spark that change is to know one’s journey. That is why stories are so powerful and so necessary. . . . Her Own Accord reminds us that our presence is an act of resistance; our stories are movements within themselves.”
—An excerpt from the introduction by K. Sujata, President and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women.

Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community includes works by powerful contemporary writers such as Cristina Henríquez, Sharon Olds, Roxane Gay,
ZZ Packer, and more—read the full table of contents. Her Own Accord will be available for preorder February 26, and will be published in spring 2016.

  1. Alice Dunlap-Kraft says:

    It was indeed a fascinating discussion with a delightful group. Our Mutual Friend was so much fun to read and so hard to put down that it was a treat to think deliberately about it for those 15 hours. The variety of perspectives among our group on the psychology and motivations of the characters was fascinating. I especially enjoyed Nancy’s questions about tests of character and relationships posed in the plot, who failed the tests, who surpassed them, and why. It was a wonderful week at Toronto Pursuits.

  2. Jess Hungate says:

    Nancy, this is a great note on Classical Pursuits, which I encourage all to consider attending, as well as on Dickens and the Shared Enquiry (TM) approach more generally. I remember with such fondness our consideration last year of that greatest of all (OK, well almost all) books, Middlemarch. The book, the July in Toronto, your leadership, and reading and discussion in general – all very highly recommended. I look forward to Classical Pursuits next July!!

  3. Nancy Carr says:

    Thank you, Jess! I’ve learned a great deal from participants at Classical Pursuits over the years, and I look forward to it each summer.

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