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The Cost of Living

(2018)
A non fiction book by

 
 
To strip the wallpaper off the fairy tale of "The Family House" in which the comfort and happiness of men and children has been the priority is to find behind it an unthanked, unloved, neglected, exhausted woman.

The Cost of Living explores the subtle erasure of women's names, spaces, and stories in the modern everyday. In this "living autobiography" infused with warmth and humor, Deborah Levy critiques the roles that society assigns to us and reflects on the politics of breaking with the usual gendered rituals. What does it cost a woman to unsettle old boundaries and collapse the social hierarchies that make her a minor character in a world not arranged to her advantage?

Levy draws on her own experience of attempting to live with pleasure, value, and meaning - the making of a new kind of family home, the challenges of her mother's death - and those of women she meets in everyday life, from a young female traveler reading in a bar who suppresses her own words while she deflects an older man's advances to a particularly brilliant student to a kindly and ruthless octogenarian book seller who offers the author a place to write at a difficult time in her life. The Cost of Living is urgent, essential listening, a crystalline manifesto for turbulent times.



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August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Cost of Living
Author(s): Deborah Levy
ISBN: 0-7352-3651-8 / 978-0-7352-3651-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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July 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography
Author(s): Deborah Levy
ISBN: 1-63557-191-X / 978-1-63557-191-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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April 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Cost of Living
Author(s): Deborah Levy
ISBN: 0-241-26799-4 / 978-0-241-26799-8 (UK edition)
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October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography
Author(s): Deborah Levy
ISBN: 1-63557-353-X / 978-1-63557-353-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Cost of Living
Author(s): Deborah Levy
ISBN: 0-241-97756-8 / 978-0-241-97756-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography
Author(s): Deborah Levy
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September 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography
Author(s): Deborah Levy
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September 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography
Author(s): Deborah Levy
ISBN: 1-68441-368-0 / 978-1-68441-368-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Cost of Living
Author(s): Deborah Levy
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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April 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Cost of Living
Author(s): Deborah Levy
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Cost of Living
Author(s): Deborah Levy
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Cost of Living
Author(s): Deborah Levy
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2018 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography
Author(s): Deborah Levy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   


April 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Cost of Living
Author(s): Deborah Levy
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU