Bonnie Friedman is the author of the best-selling Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life, which has been widely anthologized. Her most recent book is Surrendering Oz, a Life in Essays. Her essays have been included in The Best American Movie Writing, The Best Buddhist Writing, The Best of O., Oprah Magazine, and The Best Writing on Writing.
“One of ten great books from small presses. A top pick.”
– Reader’s Digest
[A] fascinating read. Each of Friedman's observations is microscopic in its precision, but her collected wisdom, prolific and sprawling among so many topics, could fill a sea . . . For those of us still seeking permission to act, Friedman's book is strong encouragement." -- The Rumpus
“I find my life on every page, it is universal. Every woman who can read should read this book.”
-- Abigail Thomas, A Three Dog Life
“In these very personal essays, lit by a harsh honesty and graced by a supple, eloquent prose style, the author has dug deep and found her own truth, and in the process triumphantly reconciled with a flawed self.”
-- Phillip Lopate, The Art of the Personal Essay
Surrendering Oz is about learning how to think for oneself, how to gain possession over one’s own life. It is a memoir in essays that charts the emotional awakening of a bookish Bronx girl.