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Speaking With Strangers

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Speaking With Strangers

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Mary Cantwell

We gave it an A-

The author was formerly a member of The New York Times‘ editorial board and managing editor of Mademoiselle, but she is best known as a memoirist, chronicler of her own interior life from childhood through middle age. Speaking With Strangers, her third book, describes her life in New York after her marriage ended and her penchant for travel, ”the only true cure I had for loneliness.” From Siberia to Ankara Cantwell goes; the constant motion and anonymity, coupled with an affair with a famous, married novelist, are tonic for her soul. Cantwell is occasionally critical of others, but she is even more so of herself, and it’s her unstinting honesty that makes her such a powerful writer. A-