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The Word for Woman is Wilderness
The Word for Woman is Wilderness | Abi Andrews
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Erin is 19. She's never really left England, but she has watched Bear Grylls and wonders why it's always men who get to go on all the cool wilderness adventures. So Erin sets off on a voyage into the Alaskan wilderness, a one-woman challenge to the archetype of the rugged male explorer. As Erin's journey takes her through the Arctic Circle, across the entire breadth of the American continent and finally to a lonely cabin in the wilds of Denali, she explores subjects as diverse as the moon landings, the Gaia hypothesis, loneliness, nuclear war, shamanism and the pill. Filled with a sense of wonder for the natural world and a fierce love for preserving it, The Word for Woman is Wilderness is a funny, frank and tender account of a young woman in uncharted territory.
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squirrelbrain
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Such an unusual book. It follows Erin, a 19 year old British girl, who travels to Alaska to question why many ‘explorers‘ are men and whether a journey would be different if taken by a woman. It references Thoreau, McCandless, Kerouac and the Unabomber (a lot).

It‘s fiction masquerading as NF, which confused my poor little brain. I enjoyed most of it, and it definitely challenged me, but found the philosophising and NF bits rather extraneous.

TrishB Lovely review 👍🏻 1mo
Cortg Interesting!
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Caroline2 Hmmm, I‘m still not sure about this one. I‘ve got it but now I know it‘s fiction (I thought it was nf too) it‘s really put me off. 😐 1mo
squirrelbrain It really read like NF @Caroline2 so fried my brain a little bit... 🤪 1mo
Caroline2 Yeah I bet...weird!!! 1mo
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squirrelbrain
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I‘m not very good at sticking to my #weeklyforecast and I have some books to drop off at the library tomorrow so I can guess what will happen there!

I‘m nearly halfway through the tagged book, and the birthday sorting jar picked the Atkinson (I‘m only halfway through my birthday pressies from 3 months ago)

On Kindle I started the Reid last night and lots of people are talking about the Attenberg, which I have on ARC.

Megabooks I really want to read Such a Fun Age! 1mo
Cinfhen So we might cross read xx of course, I didn‘t pick up a book all day although I finished my audio of Beauty Queens 👸🏼 1mo
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squirrelbrain
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A gift from the lovely @kathedron - not read it yet but really looking forward to it!

This novel follows a 19 year old as she leaves the UK and treks through the North American wilderness .
#girlgonewild
#movember

Cinfhen Which I still haven‘t read/ it‘s in hibernation 🐻 3mo
Caroline2 Oh I have this book on my #nfnov tbr pile. It sounds interesting. 👍 3mo
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Caroline2 @Cinfhen ohhhh Wild is one of my all time favourite memoirs. Ignore the hype, it‘s very good. 😉 3mo
squirrelbrain It‘s actually fiction @Caroline2 - I thought it was nf at first too.... 3mo
Caroline2 NO WAY!!! I thought it was a true story!! Argh, I feel duped now! 😒 3mo
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Caroline2
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Another book from the TBR shelf! 😯 #downinthewoods #ayupaugust

erzascarletbookgasm Great cover 👍 5mo
TrishB That looks interesting 👍🏻 5mo
Caroline2 @TrishB sounds good doesn‘t it! 😀 5mo
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Caroline2 @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m such a sucker for a great front cover! 😆 5mo
Cinfhen This one sounds great 👍🏽 5mo
Hoopiefoot Such a great read! 5mo
squirrelbrain It does sound great - stacked! ❤️ 5mo
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DannyOlda
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I really enjoy science and travel writing. The feminist perspective of this book, though, made it especially refreshing. The voice is convincing and enjoyable to read, though I feel like we listened to all the same Radiolab episodes.

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DannyOlda
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Touché

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Craftylikefox
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From Sweatpants & Coffee
I probably won‘t be doing much reading. I will spend most of it outdoors. This is always a tricky day for me and I need to stay out of my head.
For all the wonderful mothers out there, Happy Mother‘s Day 💕

Rachel.Rencher ❤❤❤ 9mo
JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 9mo
kgriffith Thank you for sharing this, and I‘m glad you know what you need and are taking care of yourself 💜 9mo
tracey38 I have a hard time with Mother's day, too. Glad you are taking time for you. 9mo
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Hoopiefoot
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Girl power night here. Great book to accompany a great women‘s national championship game. 🏀

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twodollarradio
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Star review! Publishers Weekly: “This deeply feminist adventure tale is a splendid, innovative response to the genre of masculine travelogue.”

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twodollarradio
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This is a new kind of nature writing—one that crosses fiction with science writing and puts gender politics at the center of the landscape.
?Our March release just arrived!?
“Uplifting, with a thirsty curiosity, the writing is playful and exuberant. Riffing on feminist ideas but unlimited in scope, Andrews focuses our attention on our beautiful, doomed planet, and the astonishing things we have yet to discover."
—Ruth McKee, The Irish Times

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 11mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! 11mo
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ReadingEnvy
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The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews is a philosophical novel exploring the connecting between feminism and answering the call of the wild. It feels like essay and memoir at times, combining a quest with film transcripts and charts, and it's already been a part of conversations I've had with other readers. It's also in conversation with a lot of books I've read about Alaska and Canada this year.

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Weaponxgirl
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#readingwomenmonth I picked this up for a friends birthday. About a woman who goes to Alaska after watching to much bear gryllis and wonders why it's always the men who have the hardship travel narrative. I'm going to ask to borrow it after she has read it
@ephemeralwaltz @Andrew65

rmaclean4 I look forward to hearing your thoughts...I have been eyeing this one. 2y
Weaponxgirl @rmaclean4 it will be a while unfortunately, the friend I'm gifting it to is a slow reader. Well by litsy standards anyway but I'm really intrigued by this. 2y
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WhereTheBooksGo
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Had fun picking these from my local #bookshop - the cover of The Word for Woman is Wilderness is perfection! And who can resist Jasper Fforde?

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