The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

Review: I've had The Last Girl on my TBR ever since Scribd started advertising it a while back but the subject matter was a little much for me at the time. I know these things happen and there are all kinds of terrible things happening to women all over the world and it can all seem … Continue reading The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

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New Nobel Women

This year we have 3 new Nobel Women! Our new Nobel Laureates are: Donna Strickland Frances Arnold Nadia Murad - Nobel Peace Prize - The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State Unfortunately, only one has a memoir or biography, which I just read and will post a review of on Monday. … Continue reading New Nobel Women

Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

Review: I picked up Unbowed for my Nobel Women challenge. It turns out that, like all of the women who have won the Nobel Prize in Peace, Maathai's story is beyond incredible. Don't get me wrong, all people given such honors are likely to have been through hardship, but it gets me each time in a new … Continue reading Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

Voices from Chernobyl by by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Keith Gessen

Review: Voices from Chernobyl is one of my Reading Nobel Women. Alexievich won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature for books like this one. She is a master at writing the Soviet experience from the "perspective of the individual". I definitely want to read the rest of her books after this. The book is a compilation of interviews … Continue reading Voices from Chernobyl by by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Keith Gessen

Memoir Monday: Nobel Women TBR

As mentioned last week, I still have quite a few books from Nobel Women to read and at least two are memoirs. Here they are: Born in a rural village in 1940, Wangari Maathai was already an iconoclast as a child, determined to get an education even though most girls were uneducated. We see her … Continue reading Memoir Monday: Nobel Women TBR

Femme Friday: Translated Poets

Translation is never easy but I have a feeling that translating poetry is even more difficult than normal. There is the cadence of the poem and all the hidden meanings behind word usage to consider. I don't envy a translator in general, but it must take a special kind of professional to throw themselves into … Continue reading Femme Friday: Translated Poets

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

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

Review: Most of the guidance on living better wasn't new, but the science behind it was new for me and incredibly interesting. It made so much more sense of the standard lifestyle and health advice that I have felt a little bombarded by at times. Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like … Continue reading The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

Review: This is one of my Reading Nobel Women books, a complete collection of Wislawa Szymborska's work, and it was amazing. A new collected volume from the Nobel Prize–winning poet that includes, for the first time in English, all of the poems from her last Polish collection One of Europe’s greatest recent poets is also … Continue reading Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

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