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Becker, Alida. “Her Brilliant Career.” Washington Post Book World 29, No. 20 (14 May 1989): 4.

Becker discusses Conway's unique perspective in The Road from Coorain.

Conroy, Sarah Booth. “Giving Voice to Women's Choices: Jill Ker Conway's Road from Scholar to Feminist Author.” Washington Post (27 January 1993): D2.

Conroy discusses Conway's views on the importance of the expression of the female voice in history, politics, business, health care, and education in this review of Written by Herself: Autobiographies of American Women.

Dintenfass, Michael. “Crafting Historians' Lives: Autobiographical Constructions and Disciplinary Discourses after the Linguistic Turn.” Journal of Modern History 71, No. 1 (March 1999): 150–65.

Dintenfass explores autobiographies written by historians—such as Jill Ker Conway—as a separate literary genre.

Egan, Susanna. “Women Writing Women.” Canadian Literature (Winter 1999): 206–08.

Egan offers a mixed assessment of In Her Own Words, tempering her praise of the autobiographical excerpts with negative criticism of Conway's editorial intrusions.

Fletcher, Ron. “Memoir as a Path to Meaning.” Christian Science Monitor (18 June 1998): B8.

Fletcher explores Conway's career and her assertion that the autobiography can be used as a tool for inner reflection.

Gardner, Susan. “Out from Down Under.” Women's Review of Books 7, No. 2 (November 1989): 22.

Gardner outlines Conway's struggle for separation from her family and home country in this positive review of The Road from Coorain.

Gould, Jane S. “Clear-Sighted Memoir.” New Directions for Women 20 (May 1991): 20.

Gould offers a positive assessment of The Road from Coorain, praising Conway's clear writing style and cultivated insight.

Hampl, Patricia. “Reading between the Lives.” Women's Review of Books 15, Nos. 10–11 (July 1998): 15.

Hampl offers a mixed assessment of When Memory Speaks, arguing that the purpose of the book is ambiguous and that Conway fails to make important distinctions within the memoir genre.

Hospital, Janette Turner. “From the Outback to the Grail.” Los Angeles Times Book Review (11 June 1989): 3.

Hospital offers a favorable assessment of The Road from Coorain and discusses the adversity Conway experienced as a young child.

Libman, Norma. “Sheepish No Longer.” Chicago Tribune Books (1 January 1995): 3.

In this review of True North, Libman describes Conway's struggle to improve and enrich women's education.

Mitchell, Henry. “Any Day: Outback Sheep Girl as Ivy College President.” Washington Post (7 April 1978): C1, C3.

Mitchell discusses Conway's views on female education and outlines her climb to the presidency of Smith College.

Prose, Francine. “The Lives of the Self.” Washington Post Book World 28, No. 9 (1 March 1998): 1.

In this review of When Memory Speaks, Prose discusses Conway's explanation of the allure of the autobiography genre and explores the contrast between memoirs written by men and women.

Additional coverage of Conway's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 130; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 94; and Literature Resource Center.

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