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The Woman at the Washington Zoo: Writings on Politics, Family and Fate

Williams, Marjorie; and Noah, Timothy (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 1586483633 / ISBN 13: 9781586483630
Published by PublicAffairs, New York, 2005
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xvi, 365 p. Index. Journalist Marjorie Williams died of cancer in January 2005. THE WOMAN AT THE WASHINGTON ZOO is a collection of her best pieces assembled by her husband, Timothy Noah. Williams was known to readers for her literate and engaging op-ed column in the Washington Post, her extended profiles of Washington power players for Vanity Fair, and occasional pieces in the online journal Slate, some of which were written with her husband. Williams wrote without puff on Barbara Bush, Clark Clifford, and Vernon Jordan. Realizing why she is uncomfortable about Howard Dean--he is a doctor--she recalls her experiences with several brusque and officious medical professionals; a tribute to her late colleague Mary McGrory highlights Marjorie's own high standards of journalistic and personal conduct; and in a piece on dressing her daughter up for Halloween, she concludes with a fantasy of an older self a few years hence seeing her daughter off to a prom, --a future, she writes, "that I will probably never have. " Together, these essays are models for aspiring writers, and models for a life well lived. Very good in very good dust jacket. Inscription signed by Williams editor and husband, Timothy Noah. Bookseller Inventory # 60361

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Title: The Woman at the Washington Zoo: Writings on...

Publisher: PublicAffairs, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Reprint. Sixth printing.

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Marjorie Williams knew Washington from top to bottom. Beloved for her sharp analysis, elegant prose and exceptional ability to intuit character, Williams wrote political profiles for the Washington Post and Vanity Fair that came to be considered the final word on the capital's most powerful figures. Her accounts of playing ping-pong with Richard Darman, of Barbara Bush's stepmother quaking with fear at the mere thought of angering the First Lady, and of Bill Clinton angrily telling Al Gore why he failed to win the presidency — to name just three treasures collected here — open a window on a seldom-glimpsed human reality behind Washington's determinedly blank façade.

Williams also penned a weekly column for the Post's op-ed page and epistolary book reviews for the online magazine Slate. Her essays for these and other publications tackled subjects ranging from politics to parenthood. During the last years of her life, she wrote about her own mortality as she battled liver cancer, using this harrowing experience to illuminate larger points about the nature of power and the randomness of life.

Marjorie Williams was a woman in a man's town, an outsider reporting on the political elite. She was, like the narrator in Randall Jarrell's classic poem, "The Woman at the Washington Zoo," an observer of a strange and exotic culture. This splendid collection — at once insightful, funny and sad — digs into the psyche of the nation's capital, revealing not only the hidden selves of the people that run it, but the messy lives that the rest of us lead.

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Marjorie Williams was born in Princeton, NJ in 1958 and died in 2005. She is survived by her husband, Timothy Noah, senior writer at Slate, who edited this volume, and her children, Alice and Will.

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