April 11, 2010 |
The voice explains a lot. You think, how could any woman live with the famously moody writer Norman Mailer for 33 years, and then you hear Norris Church Mailer's soft, authoritative, Marilyn Monroe-ish voice, with its 61-year-old Arkansas twang still intact, and you have a revelation about men and women. It is important to remember that "A Ticket to the Circus" (Random House: 432 pp., $26) is Norris's own memoir, not Norman's -- not even Mrs. Mailer's. It is the story of a girl, born in Arkansas in 1949, who came of age in the 1960s and struggled to find her way of contributing to the world, which was still a man's world.
July 30, 2000 |
WINDCHILL SUMMER By Norris Church Mailer; Random House: 396 pp., $24.95 Can a woman write the great American novel? Would a woman want to? There's a village in Denmark called Skagen that has its own school of painters because the light is so eerily beautiful. In the 19th century, the men traditionally painted the sea and the boats and the horizon. The women began painting the kitchens and the people and the food and the chairs they sat on.
December 5, 2010
All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa A Life Raising Three Daughters With Autism Kim Stagliano Skyhorse, $24.95 This inspiring story offers plenty of lighter, humorous moments as the author describes her life since veering off "Suburban Mommy Street and onto the Autism Autobahn. " Autism, she explains, has a way of "keeping you on your toes, much like hot coals or ballet shoes ? " Apollo's Angels A History of Ballet Jennifer Homans Random House, $35 Ballet, the author explains in her comprehensive look at this 400-year-old form of dance, possesses "no fixed texts, because it is an oral and physical tradition, a storytelling art passed on, like Homer's epics, from person to person ?