My Life on the Road

My Life on the Road

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"Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. Every fall, her father would pack the family into the car and they would drive across the country, in search of their next adventure. The seeds were planted: Steinem would spend much of her life on the road, as a journalist, organizer, activist, and speaker. In vivid stories that span an entire career, Steinem writes about her time on the campaign trail, from Bobby Kennedy to Hillary Clinton; her early exposure to social activism in India, and the decades spent organizing ground-up movements in America; the taxi drivers who were "vectors of modern myths" and the airline stewardesses who embraced the feminist revolution; and the infinite, surprising contrasts, the "surrealism in everyday life" that Steinem encountered as she traveled back and forth across the country. With the unique perspective of one of the greatest feminist icons of the 20th and 21st centuries, here is an inspiring, profound, enlightening memoir of one woman's life-long journey"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2015.
ISBN: 9780812988352
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Prominent feminist Gloria Steinem recounts her life on the road. In the audiobook version, narrator Debra Winger's voice is a spot on substitute for the author, who reads the dedication, prelude, and introduction.


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cknightkc
Aug 21, 2017

MY LIFE ON THE ROAD was the first book by Gloria Steinem I had read, and what surprised me was how accessible this feminist icon appears to be in this well-written and engaging memoir. Steinem shares stories about her experiences, struggles, and life lessons learned during her travels. I came away with a number of notable quotes. Steinem ultimately encourages the reader to live life to the fullest while staying true to one’s principles, a message that is all the more relevant in today’s world where many of our leaders demonstrate no moral compass. This book reminded me not only of how far women and society have come, but how far we still have to go… yet as I finished LIFE, like its author, I remain hopeful.

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SFBookAddict
Mar 24, 2017

As a woman who has also travelled, I was very interested to read what Ms. Steinhem experienced and learned along her travels. I never knew anything about her parents and childhood before so I was so quite fascinated and surprised by all that took place. She is such a gifted thinker and writer and I enjoyed her reading her stories. I've always admired her and this book just made me a bigger fan. It made me glad I did all that travelling and that I was open to all it brought. I plan to read more books by her. And I hope young adults will be inspired by this book, put down their devices, and get out there and connect one-on-one to people and the world around them.

Valerie_L Jan 28, 2017

Given the current situation with Donald Trump in The White House, this is a timely read. We won't make much progress until we are all treated equally . It made me laugh. It made me cry. Most importantly is made me question how is it we have made so little progress.

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jannylegs
Jul 14, 2016

I enjoyed this but am disappointed by the disjointed nature of the stories that jump around in time and topic so much that it detracts from their power. I also wanted more personal stories like those involving her father and mother.

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PearlyBaker
Jul 01, 2016

I have not cried this much since I first saw Life is Beautiful or Steel Magnolias. If you read one book in your life please make it this one. I have never been more proud to be a feminist nor wanted to be a woman more in my life. We would live in a much better world if Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Gloria Steinem were all mandatory reading for every high school student in America. This is the one in ten thousand books I would rate with 6 stars if I could. I can even forgive Gloria for buying into the government narrative on everything from Dr. King's murder to 9/11 because she so enlightened me with all her stories of interesting social justice warriors she has worked with and fought for over the decades. Hell, I may even change my populist vote to Hilary Clinton come November.

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LaFilm
Apr 26, 2016

Brilliant, intelligent, well-accomplished, feminist; overall, amazing woman.
Loved this book!

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uncommonreader
Apr 18, 2016

These autobiographic musings by such a well-known liberal activist are both interesting and informative, and it is always better to hear the stories from the person herself. Although not mentioned in any of the reviews which I have read, I thought that the most interesting aspect of the book is Steinem's understanding and support of indigenous community - as she says, it is important to look at what kind of society existed before patriarchy. This is a good book to recommend to young women.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Mar 16, 2016

The central idea of this book is about finding your true self through travel, but Gloria Steinem touches on a variety of issues. The most moving parts of the book are about listening to the people you meet while travelling, and learning from them. Gloria Steinem is often surprised by the things she learns on the road, and she learns from the strangers who reappear throughout her life. Steinem has decades of experience as an activist, and this book is a fascinating look at her lifetime of being inspired by her travels.

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rmyre
Mar 15, 2016

This is a wonderful book giving us the back story on the women's movement beginning during the sixties.Should be requried reading for all Millennials especially the young women who have no idea of what life was like for women just a few short decades ago. I was there and am proud to say I did my part to help create a world with balanced opportunities for both women and men. Well written, informative and entertaining.

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GummiGirl
Feb 08, 2016

I've always found Steinem inspiring as well as fun to read. This makes a good follow-up to her earlier "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions", which provides more details on some of the same events.

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cknightkc
Aug 21, 2017

“If you want people to listen to you, you have to listen to them. If you hope people will change how they live, you have to know how they live. If you want people to see you, you have to sit down with them eye-to-eye.” - p. 37

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cknightkc
Aug 21, 2017

“If you find yourself drawn to an event against all logic, go. The universe is telling you something.” - p. 42

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cknightkc
Aug 21, 2017

“We learn most where we know the least.” - p. 111

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cknightkc
Aug 21, 2017

“Remember: ‘For want of a nail, the horseshoe was lost, for want of a horseshoe, the horse was lost, for want of a horse, the battle was lost, for want of a battle, the war was lost.’ This parable should be the mantra of everyone who thinks her or his vote doesn’t count.” - pp. 174-5

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shoogie
Aug 09, 2017

I really dug this book. The book is kind of like if Kerouac and Voltaire got together to write about a mid-20th century civil rights leader. It is engaging. The people Steinem meets are much more likable than any Kerouac character. The book is also just really quotable. I recommend it.

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