Katie Roiphe, culture writer and author of The Morning After, shares a "beautifully written" (The New York Times Book Review) "astute memoir [that] reverberates with rich prose, crisp pacing, and self-compassion" (Publishers Weekly) and an essential discussion of how strong women experience their power. Told in a series of notebook entries, Roiphe weaves her often fraught personal experiences with divorce, single motherhood, and relationships with insights into the lives and loves of famous writers such as Sylvia Plath and Simone de Beauvoir. She dissects the way she and other ordinary, powerful women have subjugated their own power time and time again, and she probes brilliantly at the tricky, uncomfortable question of why.
"Although Ms. Roiphe seems to be exposing her vulnerabilities here, she is actually, once again, demonstrating her unique brand of fearlessness" (The Wall Street Journal). The Power Notebooks is Roiphe's most vital, thought-provoking, and emotionally intimate work yet.