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The Woman at the Washington Zoo by Marjorie Williams
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Mar 07, 12

Read in April, 2009

This is an amazing and wonderful book. It is also poignantly sad because the author, Marjorie Williamson, died recently from liver cancer. This book was put together posthumously by her husband, Tim Noah, who is a reporter for the online magazine Salon.com.

The book is formatted as a collection of essays. Ms. Williamson spent many of her years in the D.C. area as a reporter and formed close and intimate relationships with many of the movers and shakers in politics. Many of the essays are about political figures or political issues. One of my favorites is about the relationship between Al Gore and Bill Clinton.

Another section of the book is structured as a memoir. Ms. Williamson finds out that she has liver cancer and knows that her days are numbered. She writes about her life as a wife, mother, reporter and woman coping with liver cancer. She writes beautifully. Her words have the force of thunder. They can be so brutally honest that you jump from your chair. She can also be gentle and lyrical so that the reader feels like they are inside a song without words rather than a book. Her writing is a marvel. I wish more people had read this book. Her writing left me enriched and changed, something only a fine piece of art has the power to do.
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