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Kate Tuttle

Writer & Critic

Kate Tuttle

Writing on books and authors, race and politics, family and childhood.

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Girls, Don’t Become Boy Scouts

The news arrived on Oct. 11, a day — as Facebook reminded us — designated as the International Day of the Girl. On the surface, it even seemed like it might be a progressive change: The Boy Scouts of America announced that it would allow girls to participate in Cub Scouts and to eventually earn Eagle Scout rank.
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Tom Perrotta on Sex, the Suburbs, and his new MILF

When Tom Perrotta and his wife, Mary Granfield, sent their second child off to college two years ago, they found themselves navigating a brand new life stage. “Parenting becomes this career,” he says. “You’re in the thick of it, and then suddenly it’s – not quite over, but it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space anymore, and there’s a sense of reassessment of one’s adult life.”.
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Svetlana Alexievich’s ‘The Unwomanly Face of War’

They answered the call of patriotism. Some still in high school and some even younger, they begged at recruitment offices for a chance to join the fight.
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VP Pence's No-Lady-Company Policy Is Not About Respecting His Wife

I lost my good friend, Denis, two weeks ago. He and I are both straight, and never became romantically involved. I am married, and during our friendship, he got divorced and began dating another woman (whose grief right now I can’t even imagine). The world has lost a brilliant man, his children have lost a loving father, and so many of us have lost a great friend.
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On Helen Gurley Brown's bio, "Not Pretty Enough"

If there’s nothing more American than a rags-to-riches story, then Helen Gurley Brown was truly an All-American Girl. Born in Arkansas in 1922, Helen Gurley’s world was rocked at age 10 by her father’s death in a freak elevator accident. Helen and her older sister were left to endure their mother’s unpredictable moods, strange ideas and disastrous plans.
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In Brief: Reviewing Mitford bio, two other new titles

Once they were as famous, or notorious, as any of today’s reality television stars. Born from 1904 to 1920 into England’s landed gentry, blessed with health, wealth, beauty, and a ravishingly eccentric childhood, the six girls grew to up blaze wildly divergent paths. “One can chant the careers of the Mitford sisters in the manner of Henry VIII’s wives,” notes author Laura Thompson: “Writer; Countrywoman; Fascist; Nazi; Community; Duchess.”.
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Emma Cline's 'The Girls' is a gorgeous, disquieting spin on Manson family dynamics

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Susan Faludi discusses ‘In the Darkroom,’ about getting to know her estranged transgender father

Writer and cultural critic Susan Faludi, author of the 1991 feminist classic “Backlash,” had been estranged from her father for decades when she received an email with what the sender described as “interesting news.” Steve Faludi was no more; after sexual reassignment surgery, her father was now a woman named Stefánie.
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Story Behind the Book: Chris Bohjalian's Latest Thriller

Chris Bohjalian’s 18th book has its origins in a hotel in Yerevan, Armenia. On a 2013 family visit, Bohjalian found himself in the lobby just after 3 a.m., waiting to see his teenage daughter’s friend off on her early morning flight. “As I was waiting for her, I saw another young woman, my daughter’s age or even younger,” Bohjalian said.
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In Brief: Review of The Firebrand and the First Lady, Two More

THE FIREBRAND AND THE FIRST LADY: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice. While Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the most famous and respected public figures of the last century, writer and activist Pauli Murray is much less well known. This thrilling new book by Patricia Bell-Scott ought to change that.
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Gillian Flynn isn’t writing “the next ‘Gone Girl'”: “I feel like I need a break from their voices in my head”

After two previous novels, Gillian Flynn catapulted to fame with 2012’s bestselling “Gone Girl”; the movie, for which she wrote the screenplay, came out in 2014. The Kansas City native, who previously worked as a film and TV critic for Entertainment Weekly, now lives in Chicago with her husband and children.
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Let’s Set “Maiden” Name Out to Sea—Forever

Last weekend the New York Times published an article about women and marriage and names—a perennially complicated topic that touches on matters of family, identity, feminism, and choice. The piece, by Claire Cain Miller and Derek Willis (more on their names in a minute), states that more women are opting not to take on their husbands’ surnames upon marriage, instead keeping their original names—about 20 percent, they report.
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About

Kate Tuttle

I'm currently serving as President of the National Book Critics Circle. My reviews and articles about books have appeared in the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Salon, Atlantic.com, and elsewhere. Native Kansan, longtime Cantabrigian, falling in love with Decatur, Georgia.

Feel free to email me at kate.tuttle@gmail.com.