A collection of essays from Judith Thurman, National Book Award-winning writer and New Yorker staff writer.
Judith Thurman, a prolific staff writer at The New Yorker for more than two decades, has gathered a selection of her essays and profiles in A Left-Handed Woman. They consider our culture in all its guises: literature, history, politics, gender, fashion, and art, though their paramount subject is the human condition.
Thurman is one of the preeminent essayists of our time—“a master of vivisection,” as Kathryn Harrison wrote in The New York Times. “When she’s done with a subject, it’s still living, mystery intact.”
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Judith Thurman is the author of Cleopatra’s Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire; Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller, winner of the National Book Award for Autobiography/Biography; and Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette. A staff writer at the New Yorker, she lives in New York City.
Rachel Syme is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where she covers culture, style, city life, and entertainment. Her work has also appeared in New York Times Magazine, Elle, Vogue, Bookforum, the New Republic, GQ, and Vanity Fair. Rachel is currently writing a forthcoming nonfiction book, entitled Magpie, for Alfred A. Knopf.
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