This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Review: President Sirleaf is one of the Nobel Prize winning women that I challenged myself to read last October. I had first heard her name in the memoir of one of her co-winners, Leymah Gbowee, that I had reviewed here for the blog I had before this one. Because of that, I was a little familiar with the civil wars that tore Liberia apart for … Continue reading This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Review: It was great to revisit this classic! I reread it for the Read Harder 2017 task 9: Read a book you’ve read before. I had chosen this one because I remember it being the first book that I enjoyed reading on my own. It happened to be that it was required reading for school, which was the only reason I began it in the … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar

Review:  Kargar shares some fascination and mostly heartbreaking stories that she had collected while producing The Afghan Women’s Hour on BBC for five years. I’d had this book on my to read list for a while and even put it on both my Litsy A to Z (Letter D) and Read Harder (Task 24: Read a book wherein all point of view characters all people of … Continue reading Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar

Bloodchild and other Stories by Octavia E. Butler

Review: This is the first of Butler’s work that I’ve read, or listened to in this case. The narrator is Janina Edwards. I listened to it on the Prime Channel “Worlds Away: Sci-Fi Classics” and am so glad I saw it there. I decided to make this my Task 22 for Read Harder 2017, Read a collection of stories by a woman. I was going … Continue reading Bloodchild and other Stories by Octavia E. Butler

The Happenings – May 2017

It’s been a good month for nonfiction, even though I only got through six books this month. The next one should be better! Okay, I’m not even convincing myself anymore. Currently Reading   I just started listening to this one on Amazon Channels. I’m thinking about changing it over as my Read Harder Task 22, a collection of stories by a woman.   This one … Continue reading The Happenings – May 2017

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

Review:  This is one of my Read Harder 2017 books. Its my choice for task #13, a nonfiction book about technology. I had already read Hidden Figures and some anthologies about women scientists, so I knew we were up to more than most would assume back then. I listened to the audio book version from the library, read by Erin Bennet.  This is one of … Continue reading Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman

Review: This was an unexpected amount of fun. It was one of my Read Harder 2017 picks, my travel memoir for task #8. It turns out that this was a perfect option for me. Friedman experience some different cultures, goes to some crazy places and even lives there a while but she does not get all judgey about the way people live or lose sight … Continue reading The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Review: This is one of those books that comes along and turns everything you thought you knew upside down. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to read more from Nafisi. We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For … Continue reading Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Review: This is a great story. It provides a compelling answer to the 400 year old question, “What’s in a Name?” In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail … Continue reading The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition

Review: Between the concept of the collection, that this is the bilingual edition, and that it has a short biography of the author, it’s kind of a one stop shop for this great poet. Showcasing women who are at the edges of their ability to cope and in a variety of situations, this collection is also surprisingly relatable. A schoolteacher whose poetry catapulted her to … Continue reading Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition