Alix Kates Shulman

Feminist writer Alix Kates Shulman has spent a good deal of her life abandoning comfort zones – when she was 20, she left her upper-middle-class family’s home in Shaker Heights, Cleveland, for New York, and didn’t return for over four decades. When she was 50, she left a busy, social, activist life in New York City to spend the summer alone in a cabin on a deserted island off the coast of Maine, with no power, running water, or telephone. In the meantime she published six novels, some about her middle-class upbringing, one about her life in the wilderness, and one about a strip of road in New York City where pimps recruit new employees.

But when Alix Kates Shulman returns to her homes, it is without resentment or bitterness. When she went back to Cleveland to care for her ailing parents, and eventually write A Good Enough Daughter, she found the journey home rewarding and life- affirming. When she returned to New York City after each summer spent in Maine, her subject for the memoir, Drinking the Rain, she found ways to incorporate her heightened sense of serenity, gained in solitude, into a hectic city lifestyle.

Alix Kates Shulman’s appetite for challenge has motivated her writing and her life, whether she was taking on math and philosophy graduate work, questioning restrictions on women in the 1950s and 60s, or surviving alone on a desert island. Her daring, her keen observing eye, her wit and talent with the English language, and her boundless love for humanity mark each of her books with magnets, drawing readers looking for fresh insights.

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