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Barbara Ehrenreich: conversations with my younger self

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Barbara Ehrenreich / Credit: Peter Azbug

In 2001, when she was putting her personal papers in order before donating them to a university library, the American journalist Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch) came across a journal she’d kept for a decade from 1956, when she was an unusually serious-minded 14-year-old on a mission to “discover the purpose of life”. Ehrenreich’s latest book, Living With a Wild God, is, in her own words, both a “reconstruction” of what the journal contains and an “exegesis” of it.

“Exegesis” is required because the…

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