THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS: GERTRUDE STEIN
A book not actually written as an autobiography, but presents a charming and nostalgic account of the art scene in Paris of the early twentieth century. I love this book and continually reread it, and despite lacking a distinct linear plot, it takes pride and pleasure in the mundane and everyday existence of people who are now known as ever-allusive geniuses. The idea of the dinner parties at Rue de Fleurus give me a romantic sense of simplicity grounded in the importance of everyday relationships.
A Women Looking at Men Looking at Women: Siri Hustvedt
A collection of philosophical, political, artistic and psychological essays presented by the author highlighting the presence, interpretation and subjectivity of women within society. This book presents some fascinating insight into human perception and I feel like the Hustvedt has been able to articulate things that I have felt and believed in a powerful way. The first portion of the book has resonated with me most strongly through the role, interpretation and presence of women within the artistic world and the importance of gender diversity. The latter parts of the book focus more heavily of a physiological and nonscientific presence of women. Hestvedt is a prime example of the importance of communication. As a reader with no scientific background knowledge, she is able to present and explain ideas in an effective and approachable way.