PWP Book Club - Announcement of Book for October (and November)!


Hello Everyone!


You are all invited to the next PWP Book Club meeting!

The PWP Book Club will meet virtually (via Zoom) on 
Wednesday, October 7th, to discuss Part 1 and Part 2 of 


Ninth Street Women

Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler:
Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art

by Mary Gabriel


New York Times Critics’ Top Book of the Year

New York Times Best Art Book of the Year

Boston Globe Best Book of the Year

Time Magazine Best Book of Year

A WBUR (NPR) Best Book of the Year


This book has an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 stars

by 298 reviewers on Amazon!


The author wrote another book

which was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. 


Book Description


Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting – not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come. 


These five women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation.  Ninth Street Women, is the remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but the future.


Editorial Reviews


"A gorgeous and unsettling narrative...Ninth Street Women is supremely gratifying, generous, and lush but also tough and precise -- in other words, as complicated and capacious as the lives it depicts...It's as if once Gabriel got started, the canvas before her opened up new vistas. We should be grateful she yielded to its possibilities."―Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

"Ninth Street Women is like a great, sprawling Russian novel, filled with memorable characters and sharply etched scenes. It's no mean feat to breathe life into five very different and very brave women, none of whom gave a whit about conventional mores. But Ms. Gabriel fleshes out her portraits with intimate details, astute analyses of the art and good old-fashioned storytelling."―Ann Landi, Wall Street Journal

"Gabriel's fascinating group portrait shimmers with vivid personal detail...She traces their interwoven paths from studio to Cedar Bar to the Eight Street loft known as the Club...Over time, Willem de Kooning outshone Elaine; Jackson Pollock eclipsed Krasner. Key contributions were erased...Gabriel makes sure these major artists who have been written out of history are not forgotten."

Jane Ciabattari,

About the Author


Mary Gabriel is the author of Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as of Ninth Street Women, Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria WoodhullUncensored, and The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta and Claribel Cone. She worked in Washington and London as a Reuters editor for nearly two decades and lives in Ireland.


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