The author of this memoir, Stephanie Staal, is a decade out of her Barnard education, where she left ready to take on the world as a super career woman. She achieved the career of her dreams, was living in New York City, and married to a great guy. It was the feminist's dream. Somewhere along the way, though, she had a child and found it wasn't as easy to balance motherhood with having a career as she had been led to believe. She was doing more than her fair share of the housework, the childcare, and being shoved backwards into a role she had been certain she would not take on.
Floundering in her life, Staal decides to go back to Barnard to audit a single class--Feminist Texts. As she re-reads the books that spoke so clearly to her when she was an undergraduate, Staal finds that she has a new complicated relationship with what she is reading. Now that she is a wife and a mother as well as an author and journalist, it is harder to accept the feminist writing as a surefire answer to the questions of life.
However, taking the class does allow the author to get back in touch with her younger self and take steps toward feeling as though she has not been lost in the progression of her life.
I suppose I've never identified as a feminist in the way this author has, so it was harder for me to understand her point of view. It was interesting to read her summaries of the feminist texts, some of which I have read and many of which I have not, but I felt like at the end of it, Staal really hadn't resolved most of the issues she started with at the beginning of class. She still was stuck between motherhood and her career, and it seems there is no good way out of that trap for someone who feels ensnared. I didn't feel like there was a whole lot of conflict resolution in this memoir.