“It seems that the older the teaching, the more it presents self-wisdom and self-honor as a source of strength … a oneness with all living things and with the universe itself.”
On October 27, feminist icon Gloria Steinem will release her first book in 20 years, My Life on the Road. This literary event chronicles the many journeys throughout Steinem’s life, from family road trips to her two years spent in India, and how these experiences helped shape Steinem as an activist and journalist.
A profound account of the growth of not only the author, but also a revolution, Steinem emphasizes how an “on the road” state of mind can influence how we understand people and ideas around the world.
To celebrate the release of My Life on the Road, we are partnering with Random House to give 10 lucky winners a signed copy of Steinem’s new book, as well as five of her classic titles in ebook: Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellion, Revolution from Within, Moving Beyond Words, Doing Sixty & Seventy, and Marilyn.
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
Steinem’s first collection of essays may still be our favorite. It features her famous underground expose of the Playboy Club, “I Was a Playboy Bunny,” as well as the hilarious “If Men Could Menstruate.” Plus stakes important positions in feminist theory in “Erotica vs. Pornography.” But most of all, it’s an important reflection on the struggles Steinem and other activists faced on the road to equality.
Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem
Many feminists both young and old credit this book with changing their world view and helping them to accept themselves. Revolution from Within makes clear that internal change and external political change are powerfully linked, and neither is possible without the other. Part personal stories and part revolutionary guide, it’s impossible to read Revolution and not have your world view rocked.
Moving Beyond Words: Essays on Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking the Boundaries of Gender
What if Freud had been a woman, telling men that they suffered from “womb envy”? In perhaps the most provocative of her gender-bending essays, Steinem debunks many of Freud’s theories by imagining him as Phyllis Freud, inflicting biological inferiority on men.
Doing Sixty & Seventy
In this collection of two essays, Steinem ruminates on the frustrations (stereotyping, feeling of “invisibility”) and natural freedom of aging. Filled with insights from her own experiences, the short book leaves readers reflecting on her positive message that radicalism and change can come from those in all stages of life.
Marilyn: Norma Jeane
There have been many books written about Marilyn Monroe, but few examine the iconic Hollywood star and sex symbol with the level of depth and empathy seen in Steinem’s Marilyn. Drawing heavily on Monroe’s writings and interviews, Steinem re-creates the world of Norma Jeane, painting a picture not only of the woman she truly was, but of the woman she might have been.