The Road From Coorain

The Road From Coorain

eBook - 1990
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A woman of intellect and ambition describes growing up on an Australian ranch, coping with her father's death and her mother's depression, her intellectual awakening at the university, and her path to becoming Smith College's first woman president.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1990.
ISBN: 9780307797308
Branch Call Number: ONLINE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (213 pages)


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Aug 28, 2016

I just finished this book and was engrossed by it! Her descriptions of growing up on the Australian bush are fascinating and reminded me of Sandra Day O'Connor's memoir.

The authors focuses a great deal on her relationship with her mother and her desire for independence a place where this is not encouraged. This clearly leads her to her new academic calling focusing on women and new independence.

Apr 28, 2015

A great writer can make any life into an exciting memoir and that is what has happened here. Conway is a fantastically gifted writer of history and she has applied her skills to her own life. The reader will get a highly enjoyable summary of recent Australian history as well as the author's thoughtful investigation of her own experience coming of age in Australia. There are several interesting threads running through the memoir: the settling of Australia's outback by European settlers and ranchers, Australia's subtle turning from Britain to America during the political and military wrenchings of WW2, Conway's struggle to be a dutiful daughter and yet create a life for herself, and Conway's struggle to prove herself in male dominated intellectual circles. The book is of that delightful genre, wherein we find The Secret Garden, The Little Princess and David Copperfield, that features the solitary child who is shaped by her early protective environment and the making of solitary discoveries in the world around her, and then later moves into a complex world where she is called upon to use all the skills her early life has taught her, even though that life is gone,

Nov 27, 2013

A well-written and self-revealing autobiography/memoir of an Australian women who was the first female president of Smith College. She reveals how growing up in the harsh outback (dust storms, water shortages, isolation, etc.) affected and informed her life. Read it and be inspired.

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