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In Writing in an Age of Silence, Sara Paretsky explores the traditions of political and literary dissent that have informed her life and work, against the unparalleled repression of free speech and thought in the USA today.In tracing the writer s difficult journey from silence to speech, Paretsky turns to her childhood youth in rural Kansas, and brilliantly evokes Chicago In Writing in an Age of Silence, Sara Paretsky explores the traditions of political and literary dissent that have informed her life and work, against the unparalleled repression of free speech and thought in the USA today.In tracing the writer s difficult journey from silence to speech, Paretsky turns to her childhood youth in rural Kansas, and brilliantly evokes Chicago the city with which she has become indelibly associated from her arrival during the civil rights struggle in the mid 1960s to her most extraordinary literary creation, the south side detective V I Warshawski Paretsky traces the emergence of V I Warshawski from the shadows of the loner detectives that stalk the mean streets of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler s novels, and in the process explores American individualism, the failure of the American dream and the resulting dystopia.Both memoir and meditation, Writing in an Age of Silence is a beautiful, compelling exploration of the writer s art and daunting responsibility in the face of the assault on US civil liberties post 9 11.
Sara Paretsky
Sara Paretsky is a modern American author of detective fiction Paretsky was raised in Kansas, and graduated from the state university with a degree in political science She did community service work on the south side of Chicago in 1966 and returned in 1968 to work there She ultimately completed a Ph.D in history at the University of Chicago, entitled The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New England Before the Civil War, and finally earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Married to a professor of physics at the University of Chicago, she has lived in Chicago since 1968.The protagonist of all but two of Paretsky s novels is V.I Warshawski, a female private investigator Warshawski s eclectic personality defies easy categorization She drinks Johnnie Walker Black Label, breaks into houses looking for clues, and can hold her own in a street fight, but also she pays attention to her clothes, sings opera along with the radio, and enjoys her sex life.Paretsky is credited with transforming the role and image of women in the crime novel The Winter 2007 issue of Clues A Journal of Detection is devoted to her work.Her two books that are non Warshawski novels are Ghost Country 1998 and Bleeding Kansas 2008.

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Teresa
I hadn’t previously read anything by Paretsky, yet that didn’t affect my experience of these passionate, though a bit repetitive, memoir-essays, not even when she talks of how her famous detective V I Warshawski grew out of her discovery of Raymond Chandler; her opposition to his femme fatale in The Big Sleep; a roommate’s near-death experience after an abortion and Paretsky's own time on the South Side of Chicago during the summer when MLK, Jr. was also there. Eventually Chicago became Pa [...]

Jessica
I've read all of Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski mysteries and as a former Chicagoan, I can even pronounce "Warshawski." I love Paretsky's books and even though her politics occasionally interrupt the stories and some of V.I.'s heroics require some suspension of disbelief, I remain a fan and consider her books insightful as well as entertaining. This memoir is really five essays that span topics from feminist interpretations of crime fiction to Paretsky's childhood influences to finding her femi [...]

Brina
Sara Paretsky is an amazing writer. Politics aside, I was fascinated to read about what shapes her work. I was most intrigued by the fourth essay/talk and how she decided upon V I as a community activist. Instead of being a loner, she desires V I in the company of many. I think this is what sets her apart from other mystery writers that I have attempted to read who for the most part work alone. I find these books dull and cannot get myself excited to read them. As Paretsky enters what I would th [...]

Naomi V
Writing in an Age of Silence is promoted as a memoir, however, it’s both more and less than that. Paretsky writes the very popular V I Warshawski detective series. V I and Paretsky are feminists and aren’t afraid of that word, at a time when most women eschew it. I love V I. Even when she’s a bit strident, I appreciate and agree with what she says. (Besides, I’ve been known to be a bit strident myself.) Sara Paretsky, however, is not strident in Writing in an Age of Silence; she’s witt [...]

Donna Davis
I was surprised to find I had not reviewed this book, because it has affected me directly (as a person potentially interested in publishing something), and also because the philosophical bent, which is class conscious and aware of post-Jim-Crow discrimination, is something we share. (My family is multiracial, so as Caucasian woman, I have seen things that some white folks don't).This is a slender volume, and it is nonfiction. It is completely different from the whole Vic Warshawski detective ser [...]

Zoann
I felt ashamed reading this. I take for granted the advances that have been made to reduce sexism and it takes a message from a woman like Ms. Paretsky to wake me up. I wish there was more to this book (her Jewish brother became a Dominican friar?!?!) but it is powerful and depressing and inspiring, all at once.What a woman.

LindaJ^
In the 5 essays in this book, Sara Paretsky gives us a mini memoir of her childhood in Kansas (including some glimpses into her college and early post-college years. She also gives us her thoughts on women's rights, especially their reproductive rights, thoughts on American individualism, and thoughts on post 9/11 American and the impact of the Patriot Act on our civil rights. She's pretty strident in her views, but not, I think, without cause. She seems a bit naïve as to the agendas of such po [...]

Helen
In a departure from her usual fiction and mystery books, Paretsky turns her pen to her childhood and the significant events that shaped her writing. It’s fascinating stuff. Her eccentric parents moved their family to a secluded part of Lawrence, Kansas and raised her conservatively, keeping her at home to take care of household tasks. Her brother had taught her to read, and she began telling stories from a very young age.As a graduate student in 1969, Sara remembers being paralyzed by a profes [...]

Linda
It bothers me that from 2001-2008, while I tried mightily to get people to pay attention to the tragedy occurring in the White House (and spreading from there around the world), people were content to ignore it. Sara Paretsky wasn't ignoring it. It bothers me that I couldn't hear her voice during that time. There were many of us out there, being smart, crying foul, and trying to make people listen. In this book, she writes about the awful things Dubya and Company did, but she writes about other [...]

Linda Tate
Sara Paretsky is, without a doubt, my favorite detective novelist. I've always thought her books were smart, rich, engaging on so many levels. With this interconnected set of essays (really a memoir), Paretsky reveals where all that rich, smart stuff comes from in her V I Warshawski novels. Her essays detail her childhood in rural Kansas, her move to Chicago, her involvement in community organizing, her PhD in 19th-century American history/religion, and her outrage over the suppression of free s [...]

Ursula
Sara Paretsky has yet again delivered a book that is not just entertaining but also highly political. This is a quasi auto-biography, with a lot of biographical information in the first chapters, and essays and speeches in the later ones. Includes essays about the development of the American individualism from the time of the early settlers, in politics and in literature; and about politics and individual freedom, and the effects of the patriot act.

Kylie Sparks
Sara Paretsky is one of my heroes, with her fearless calling to attention of so many issues of social justice. Reading this book of essays made me realize again what an amazing fiction writer she is, because while each one of her novels she also imparts so much information. She really does give voice to the silent, in a way that few American writers do.

Thomas Pluck
all writers, especially crime writers, should read this book.

Harley
This book is a collection of 5 essays written by Sara Paretsky and focus on her life as a writer. Since I love her detective novels, I found this book about her background and the development of her famous character, Vic Warshawski, fascinating.Paretsky and I have apparently crossed paths a couple of times. In the second essay, The King and I, she discusses spending the summer of 1966 in Chicago as a community organizer. This was the summer of race riots and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During th [...]

Tucker
This is a compelling, if meandering, assortment of reflections on racism and terrorism, feminism and freedom. Author Sara Paretsky has witnessed some of the most extreme hatred in modern American society, and transcended sexist repression in her own life to achieve a college education and become a writer.Growing up in Lawrence, Kansas, Paretsky learned that terrorism happens in the United States, where it is perpetrated by Americans against Americans. ”For a fifteen-month span in 1970-1971, th [...]

Cynthia
Paretsky chronicles the various influences of a troubled childhood, participation in the Civil Rights movement, and Second Wave feminism on her work--notably, her creation of her beloved female private eye, VI Warshawski. Her work is passionate and very political. I was especially struck by a twist on the characterization of the private detective. Historically studies of the private eye stress his/her loneliness and rugged individualism. Paretsky chronicles how this happened with such writers as [...]

Rachel Blom
Sara Paretsky is of course a well known author. I've read many of her VI Warshawski crime novels. I had expected this memoir to be about writing, that's what the title suggests anyway. Instead, it's a highly political book with several essays on women's rights - including a passionate defense of Roe vs Wade - and an even more passionate rant against the Patriot Act. From her books, Paretsky's liberal views were pretty clear, but she outlines them here even more clearly. In itself, that's fine, b [...]

Robyn
This was the perfect book for this moment. Go and read it now to be reminded that much of what we're going through now isn't new. We did it during McCarthyism. The ugly racism was there during the Civil Rights movement, though we only remember the triumph and not the people who resisted. Maybe we've moved backward with this election, but we have people who've been here before, like Paretsky. We did it before. We can do it again.

Katrina Shawver
Perhaps a different title wouldn't have compelled me to pick up this slim volume. I bought it at a writer's conference, somehow presuming it might be about writing, akin to Stephen King's book on writing. The entire book is Sara's personal journey and how politics and her views influenced her writing. Perhaps a different title, or a tagline such as "my personal journey through XX to the writer I am today" would have better communicated its content. It's a memoir, not a book on writing. (less)

Margaret Allen
Published in 2007 but relevant today in so many waysSarah Paretsky, crime writer and creator of tough female sleuth V.I. Warshawski, takes on politics, the history of American individualism, free speech, women's rights. all in the context of her own life challenges. Worth reading. Makes you think.

Erika
I read this book when it was first published, and reread it again in one day last summer. As a longtime fan of V. I. Warshawski I love Paretsky's writing. Although this is non-fiction, this is a very important book that means a lot to me. I will probably reread it again in a few years!Highly recommended.

Women's National Book Association of New Orleans
Paretsky is a feminist and a free-speech advocate. Based on the title, we perhaps expected this to be a bit more confessional and also less discreet in some areas; yet we loved it for its passion and relevancy.

Paulatics
I thought I had read everything Sara Paretsky had written over the last 20 years. This book had escaped me. It is part autobiography, part politics, part feminism and part literature class. And it's only 138 pages. This is a little gem.

Anna
The first half - about Sara's childhood and how she came to write was quite interesting, but it was in the second half that this book came into its own I found her writing on free speech and publishing very insightful.

TJ
Not what I expected. Basically instead of a biography, it is basically Sara Paretsky ranting about the political climate today, with a few to history. Interesting only if you're a liberal, and then not really b/c it's all stuff you know.

Julie
A thoughtful book of essays by Sara Paretsky. She is speaking tonight at Dominican on intellectual freedom, so I wanted to get a feel for what she might have to say.

KLeigh
IncredibleThis is a beautiful work of art, a journey, a history, a manifesto and an inspiration. The world would be better if all read it.

Molly
I thought it was well written, interesting, historical, political and revealing of how she developed the character V.I. Warshawski.

Claire
I love Paretsky's crime novels and this short memoir is a nice peek into her heart and mind. I really appreciate her eloquence with her anger.

Jessica
A wonderful memoir of a courageous writer!

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