Bald is Better with Earrings: A Survivor’s Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer by Andrea Hutton

Review: I don’t know about you, but I found this title irresistible. It perfectly conveys the attitude and topic of the book. With so many risk factors for breast cancer and so many women diagnosed every year, I can’t see how it’s ever too early to learn a bit about it. I knew the basics on what people do after being diagnosed, like get treatment … Continue reading Bald is Better with Earrings: A Survivor’s Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer by Andrea Hutton

Memoir Monday: Nobel Women Read

Today begins announcements for the 2017 Nobel Prizes! Last year, I decided to read at least one book by every woman who had been awarded the Nobel Prize. I had initially wanted to do it in a year but that reading schedule proved a little too daunting. Instead, I’ve sprinkled them in with other challenges. Also, not all have written a book so I have … Continue reading Memoir Monday: Nobel Women Read

World Contraception Day!

The pill was something I took for granted for years. I even scorned it in favor of other forms of contraception available today. The IUD is a glorious thing and my personal favorite option. BUT the pill was the one that started it all. We would be stuck with abstinence and sterilization and the off chance a guy is willing to wear a condom without … Continue reading World Contraception Day!

Moving Beyond Words: Essays on Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking the Boundaries of Gender by Gloria Steinem

Review: Given the extensive history of Gloria Steinem and feminism and how renowned her work is, you kinda have to go in knowing that it’s going to be fantastic. Even if I had my doubts, they were assauged by my first foray into Steinem’s work when I read Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions about two years ago. She mentions in the introduction to the book that she … Continue reading Moving Beyond Words: Essays on Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking the Boundaries of Gender by Gloria Steinem

Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley

Review: I read The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore some years ago, so I was familiar with the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, and his proclivities and motivations, but this book goes beyond the creation of Wonder Woman and brings us a full history of her legacy. It dives deeper into the way that Wonder Woman has been received by the masses and … Continue reading Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley

Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China by Val Wang

Review: I have to admit, I love the idea of finding yourself by going back to the place that your parents fled. While that may not have been the actual reason for Wang to go back to China, it certainly seemed to be what she got out of it. I listened to the audiobook, read by Emily Woo Zeller, who’s voice was familiar from when I … Continue reading Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China by Val Wang

Memoir Monday: The Confessions of Lady Nijo

Welcome back to Memoir Monday! As I was searching for WIT Month books, I came across The Confessions of Lady Nijo by Lady Nijo, translated by Karen Brazell. Here’s the synopsis on Goodreads: In about 1307 a remarkable woman in Japan sat down to complete the story of her life. The result was an autobiographical narrative, a tale of thirty-six years (1271-1306) in the life … Continue reading Memoir Monday: The Confessions of Lady Nijo

My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden

Review:    My Invented Country is a different kind of memoir. Allende’s personal memoir was Paula, but as it says in the title, this one is about Chile. Don’t confuse it with a history of Chile either. This is written in a memoir style and is simply Allende’s experience of her country. It’s the way she remembers things and the way she remembers feeling things. There is … Continue reading My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

Review:  I, Rigoberta Menchu is listed as a “testimonial biography”, biography, and a memoir. Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, who wrote it down for her, calls it a narrative. Menchu narrated her story for Burgos and it is written in the first person. I had read another narrative by an activist when I was writing my old blog, it was The Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Since it’s consistently listed as … Continue reading I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

It’s National Women’s Day in South Africa

Today in South Africa, it’s National Women’s Day. While this is not my holiday, as I am not South African, I thought it would still be nice to share some books about South African women on their day. This holiday commemorates a pretty spectacular Women’s March in South Africa back in 1956. I didn’t find any books specifically about the March, but check out the … Continue reading It’s National Women’s Day in South Africa