The Soul of a Woman

Books on Tape. Mar. 2021. 192p. 3:43 hrs. ISBN 9780593400463. $38. MEMOIR
Allende (The House of the Spirits) offers up an intimate memoir on the impact of feminism on her unique and fulfilling life. As a child, and later as a young woman in the 1960s, Allende realized that women were often seen and not heard. Her mother’s circumstance, and that of many other women in Chile, inspire Allende’s life of action; she is nothing if not passionate in all her undertakings. Three marriages, two children, one heartbreaking loss, and travels around the globe have brought her closer to the human condition and the hearts of women everywhere, women who want not just love, but safety, bodily autonomy, value, respect, and connectedness. This memoir is a quilt of stories, poetry, anecdotes, and truths that women carry, in every culture and continent. Passionately narrated by Gisela Chipe, the audio edition is filled with warmth, feeling, and emotion. It concludes with Allende’s promise to “light the torch of our daughters and granddaughters with mine. They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished.”
VERDICT Beautiful and fulfilling; a must-listen for women everywhere.
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