alix kates shulman

Selected Works

“A haunting meditation on a love more enduring than the body or mind.” —Boston Globe “An extraordinary and important book.” –Oliver Sacks
“Refreshingly upbeat, infused with insight, affection, and respect.” –NY Times Book Review
“A ten year voyage of discovery [that] could even, if we were willing, change our lives.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Wry and delicious” —People (starred). “Wickedly funny” —Boston Globe.“Irreverent comedy" —O Magazine. “Delectably mischievous” —Booklist.
“Witty and revolutionary” —Booklist. “A vicious little gem of a novel” —Cosmopolitan.
“It brought back to me in a rush of emotion the electric sense of discovery which was how the women's movement began for all of us.” —Betty Friedan
“Insightful and compassionate.” —Publishers Weekly
“Fierce, funny, touching.” —NY Times Book Review
Alix's most controversial essays. “Stirring and...courageous” —Blanche Weisen Cook
Revisits controversial proposal to share childcare and housework equally
Emma Goldman's writings compiled and edited by Alix
Biography of Emma Goldman, a NY Times Notable Book
For Children
Fantasy adventure story with a mathematical plot
Picture book exploring the borderline between dream and reality
A hidden picture book

A Marriage Agreement and Other Essays: Four Decades of Feminist Writing

Collected here for the first time, are fifteen of Alix's most controversial essays from the past four decades. Grouped under the headings Marriage, Sex, Writing, and Late Life, they range from the notorious "A Marriage Agreement" to "The War in the Back Seat," "Organs and Orgasms," "The Taint of Feminist Fiction," "Thoughts at Seventy," and more.

The collection leads off with Shulman's controversial "A Marriage Agreement," proposing that partners share childcare and housework equally. It was so explosive in 1969 that it was reprinted as a Life Magazine cover story and attacked by Norman Mailer and Russell Baker, and again in a 2006 book by Caitlin Flanagan. This essay is followed by "A Marriage Disagreement," Shulman's own expose and reevaluation of her Marriage Agreement.


Author's Introduction

A Marriage Agreement
A Marriage Disagreement
Between the Sexes:Breaking the Truce

The War in the Back Seat
Organs and Orgasms
Sex and Power: Sexual Bases of Radical Feminism

The Taint
Women Writers in the Beat Generation
Living Our Life
Dances with Feminists

Thoughts at Seventy
Summer Jew
Help Wanted: Other Woman
Caring for an Ill Spouse and Other Caregivers
The Kenning


“Stirring and important, courageous and insightful, Alix Kates Shulman's remarkable essays now collected in one volume are a great gift to us all.”
—Blanche Weisen Cook

“Should be required reading for anyone who takes for granted the economic, educational and social gains women have made during the past forty years. Shulman reminds us of a time—only yesterday—when it was routine for women to be told they their salaries should be lower than the salaries of men because a man has to "support a family;" when young unmarried women waited anxiously for their periods because the lack of reliable contraceptives meant that unwanted pregnancy was an ominipresent risk; when some of those women died from unsafe, illegal abortions; when no one, male or female, could have imagined women's votes being considered an important, independent force in politics. The revival of outdated, demeaning stereotypes of women during the 2012 presidential campaign makes these essays as timely as they were several decades ago and serves as a reminder that social progress can never be taken for granted.”
—Susan Jacoby