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Claire is the author of two memoirs, Poser: My Life In Twenty-Three Yoga Poses and Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning, and a prolific essayist and journalist whose writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Harper's, The Nation and other top-tier periodicals.
Her November 2017 essay, "What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?" in The Paris Review propelled Claire into the top tier of American feminist intellectuals.
"Dederer is unstintingly honest and unafraid as she excavates her motivations and reservations, her fantasies, and the implications of the choices she has made – and those she has yet to make. Insightful, provocative, and fearlessly frank, Dederer seduces readers with her warmth, wit, and wisdom." -- Kirkus Reviews
Claire and her husband, author and journalist Bruce Barcott, live on Bainbridge Island. They have two children. For more about Claire and her work, go to http://clairedederer.com/
Some of us may relate directly to the events of this memoir, others may not, but all of us can relate to the urgent need, first expressed by Plato, to live an “examined life.” No one does this better than Claire Dederer. In a unique essay format, loaded with both sensitivity and humor, Claire reflects on her sexually promiscuous youth and the profound, sudden and shocking sexual urges that have returned to her that confuse and threaten her carefully crafted role as a modern devoted mother and wife. Read it for the brilliant writing, or for the storytelling. This is a brave undertaking in every respect, and so well done.