Monday, June 22, 2009

An Unknown Woman: A Journey to Self-Discovery by Alice Koller

This unusual and meditative memoir was written in the 1960s when Alice Koller, who received her doctorate in philosophy from Harvard, was thirty-seven. It follows three months of Koller's life when she began to question her relationships with men, the pressures of trying to secure a teaching position at a university, and the meaning of life in general. To begin an intense introspection, she adopts a German shepherd puppy and temporarily rents a home in Nantucket in the winter for solitude and reflection. This memoir will not appeal to all readers, but I found it an honest journey of the seeker in the truest sense.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3561.O398 U5 1983
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Stacy Russo, Chair of Public Services, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended

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