Reviews and Blog Posts: Women

Plaza Voices: Immigrant Women

Cover of Danticat's Behind the Mountains, available from DPL

March is Women's History Month, and a time to explore the experiences and contributions of immigrant women here in America.

Both the Migration Policy Institute and the American Immigration Council offer demographic information on immigrant women, detailing country of origin, occupation, and education level.

The Boston girl : a novel

by Anita Diamant

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What an enjoyable story. The Boston Girl is about Addie Baum who is now 85 and is being interviewed by her granddaughter Ava. Addie has had her share of deep sorrows and great joys.  She was born in 1900 to immigrant parents and has lived through many changes – cultural,...

Love Me Back

by Merritt Tierce

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This is a coming of age tale for young women of the "Girls" generation. Unflinching in her portrayals of sex as escape and catharsis, Teirce tells a story of a young mother growing into a woman and taking a painful and circuitous route to get there. 

The Wives of Los Alamos : a novel

by TaraShea Nesbit

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The Wives of Los Alamos is historical fiction about the women who accompany their husbands to Los Alamos during the height of nuclear-bomb production during World War II. The book is written without dialog and is told by the collective "we". Each paragraph is told according to more than one viewpoint,...

Women from the ankle down the story of shoes and how they define us

by Rachelle Bergstein

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I have owned, held or pined for most of the shoes mentioned in this book. More than just a history of shoes, the book chronicles the symbiotic relationship between shoes and our culture. Bergstein's research appears to be thorough and well documented but really, even if it wasn't I wouldn't know nor care...the...

We killed : the rise of women in American comedy

by Yael Kohen

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The exploration of the heated question are women funny is fully and hilariously discussed in We Killed: the rise of women in American comedy. First of all, the chapters are divided into eras of comedy and the corresponding comedians and themes. If anyone is looking for a specific American female...

I feel bad about my neck and other thoughts on being a woman

by Nora Ephron

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To borrow from Roger Ebert: I hated, hated, hated this book.  Here's why:

Women heroes of World War II : 26 stories of espionage, sabotage, resistance, and rescue

by Kathryn J Atwood

Kathryn J. Atwood's Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue is a good place for older kids and teens to start their research into the European theater of the war, but it by no means gives a complete picture even of the women it features,...

Man down : proof beyond a reasonable doubt that women are better cops, drivers, gamblers, spies, world leaders, beer tasters, hedge fund managers, and just about everything else

by Dan Abrams

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Dan Abrams takes the battle of the sexes out of the barroom and off the playing field. Sweeping up the gauntlet for women, he backs up his claims with study, after study, after study. I picked this book up off the shelf mostly because the title cracked me up.  1....

More than petticoats. Remarkable Colorado women

by Gayle Corbett Shirley

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Remarkable Colorado Women is a intriguing little volume in which you will learn about women's crucial role in creating the Colorado we know and love today. This collection acts as a history of Colorado at the turn of the century and features the first women to climb Pike's Peak, the...

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