Book Reviews of An Unknown Woman

An Unknown Woman
An Unknown Woman
Author: Alice Koller
ISBN-13: 9780553354829
ISBN-10: 0553354825
Publication Date: 9/1/1991
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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My copy was published in 1988 and it's been hauled around for years and several moves. I'm spending some time re-evaluating my life and wanted to re-read the book again.

Her book is an emotional read if you can relate to her experiences or perceptions about relationships. She writes a lot about raising Logos, the first dog she's ever owned. Some readers might find this annoying. Being a dog lover, I can totally appreciate the bond she developed with him.

Even though her experiences happened over 30 years ago, her revelations and the wisdom she gained from this self-reflection is still meaningful today.
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The sub-title is A Journey To Self-Discovery. The author went to live alone on Nantucket Island to explore her life and what she wanted of the future. This book speaks of her facing "all that she had fled during the 37 years of her life". It tells of how she had struggled to survive "from despair and near suicide to the first days of a new life".
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Interesting account of a woman who's been running from life, finding herself at a real crossroads regarding how (or whether!) to go on. The Nantucket angle was a bit overplayed for me as she only spent 90 days there, and her nickname of "Timmie" is introduced so abruptly I thought for the next couple of pages someone else had joined the conversation. One of those books with a payoff at the end, after a lot of "where's this heading?" details.
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I've read this book many times and loved it each time like it was the first. Not often do I so personally relate with a book and it's author so completely, but this is the exception.
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My copy was published in 1988 and it's been hauled around for years and several moves. I'm spending some time re-evaluating my life and wanted to re-read the book again.

Her book is an emotional read if you can relate to her experiences or perceptions about relationships. She writes a lot about raising Logos, the first dog she's ever owned. Some readers might find this annoying. Being a dog lover, I can totally appreciate the bond she developed with him.

Even though her experiences happened over 30 years ago, her revelations and the wisdom she gained from this self-reflection is still meaningful today.
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This is by far my all-time favorite book of the hundreds I've read. It's the author's true story of an empty goalless life, not knowing what she wanted, but knowing there was a better life for her somewhere, somehow. She bravely stepped out of her comfort zone and took a trip alone...to the island of Nantucket...for the long, snowy winter when it's almost deserted. She planned well and during that winter, she found what she didn't know she was looking for...herself. It's been referred to as "A Woman's Walden." The story is incredibly inspiring as I read it when I thought I was just a wife, a nurse and a mother. It helped me construct my own journey with my own rules.