Michelle Dean’s Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion acts as an excellent primer on interesting women, the work they produced and the lives they lived. From Dorothy Parker to Zora Neale Hurston and eight other in writers in between, Dean’s book acts as an introduction to some and a reminder to others.
Be aware, this book in no way attempts to be the beginning, middle and end of what a reader should know about these women. It is rather a starting point, a place to begin and will hopefully lead to more time spent with the work of these talented women.
I highly recommend these essays. It is a reminder that opinionated women aren’t a modern invention but rather a tradition to be cherished and hopefully liberally added to.