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review 2016-06-12 15:43
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars - Nathalia Holt

This book should be required reading in junior high and middle school classes and for anyone who feels that women aren't suited for STEM classes or careers. Not only is it packed with history on the American Space program, it also shows the integral parts played in said history by women.

 

Adult women should to read this book, to see all the amazing first steps taken by the Rocket Girls--working moms, pioneering computer science majors, first users of electronic calculating machines and computers, the first women to wear pantsuits to work.

 

Boychild geeks who want women out of science fiction need to read this book and learn that there wouldn't be jet engines or spaceflight without women.

 

And frankly, anyone who loves a good story should read this, because it's not at all dry. The book is factual and supported with all kinds of documentation, but it's also a thrilling adventure tale that sweeps you right along.

 

I also learned that the first flyby of Mars happened on the evening of the day I was born.

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photo 2016-01-22 13:44

My Melancholic Diary ebook is now available for only .99 cents!

It's a metaphysical/coming of age story, partly based on my life.

http://www.amazon.com/My-Melancholic-Diary-Iva-Kenaz-ebook/dp/B00P6J6EKA

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review 2015-05-24 14:30
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Deadly Persuasion: Why Women and Girls Must Fight the Addictive Power of Advertising - Jean Kilbourne

I was going to write a review about how this book is still important despite the chapter on cigarette advertising.  Then I though Kilbourne would simply like me posting pictures instead.

 

 

Condom ad run during the world cup.

Condom ad run during the World Cup.

 

All my daddy wanted…

All my daddy wanted…

 

 

 
 
And a reason not to buy a kia

First Panel - he is asking, what should we study.

Second Panel - she answers anatomy.

Selling Kia cars - Tag -Duel Temperature control

 

 

 

Recent Sexist Ads - Bing Images From India

 From India

 

Don't girls get to play?

Don't girls get to play?

 

 

 

 

chocolate advertisements - Bing Images

chocolate advertisements - Bing Images

 

Cause when I think of Lindtz, I think of tits.

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review 2014-10-16 15:35
It just wasn't for me
Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War - Helen Thorpe

I heard a lot of great things about the book, which follows three women, from very different backgrounds (a grandmother, a college student and a mom) when they join the National Guard and eventually see action in war.

 

I've had friends and acquaintances join the military or are children in military families, so I had some idea of what I might read, but this was definitely an eye-opener. These women join for different reasons, have different issues, but end up having very similar experiences. Sexism. Discrimination. Dealing with wanted and unwanted attention. Being isolated as being among the few women there. Dealing with combat and the stresses of war and finding perhaps not so healthy outlets.

 

That said, I found it difficult to get into. Initially I really enjoyed it, but I tend to have trouble with books that shift perspective (The Warmth of Other Suns has a similar structure, switching between 3 different main views) so drastically. It helps that these three women eventually meet and become friends, but quite often I really prefer an author find a way to meld all three instead of constantly switching between them.

 

I also found the book sometimes much too detailed. I got a little bored reading so much into their love lives and the boyfriends/partners/etc. they left behind. It's understandable that this is part of many soldiers (male or female) experiences, where adultery and hook-ups (as well as drug use) are not at all uncommon when dealing with war and violence. But after a while I just wasn't interested in knowing how some of these relationships came together or disintegrated.

 

But as I mentioned before, this gives a deeper insight. Beyond those waving flags and welcome parades, soldiers come back (if they come back) to family, friends, colleagues, etc. who have no idea what they went through and likely can't imagine it. It's sad to see how and why people could be drawn to serve (college tuition is one item that really appeals to one of the women) but to see how little support they get from the government and how much red tape there can be.

 

Might recommend this to someone (female OR male!) who is considering enlisting or has a general interest in the military.

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review 2014-07-07 16:20
Strange Girls and Ordinary Women - Review.
Strange Girls and Ordinary Women - Morga... Strange Girls and Ordinary Women - Morgan McCarthy

Publication Date: Available Now from Tinder Press.

 

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via Bookbridgr.

 

They say you know instinctively who to trust.
Alice is normal; she’d never do anything rash. But when she sees her husband one day with a younger girl, she knows at once that he’s having an affair. And it must be stopped.
Vic loves her friend Michael, more than he knows. He wants happiness, and thinks he’s found it with the magnetic Estella. But Vic feels sure she can’t be trusted – and she needs to make Michael see that too.
They don’t know Kaya; her life is tougher than they can imagine. But Kaya’s a survivor, and she’s determined to find a way out of her miserable world.

 

So, Strange Girls and Ordinary Women which involved a bit of both – and admittedly I was a little bit up and down on this one. After a fairly slow burn, a little way through it suddenly kicked in big time for me and I was hooked. Then it has to be said, I felt a little let down by the ending – offering as it did closure on some things but not on others and also, for me, being very abrupt. Overall though these are small downsides in what was a very compelling tale.

 

We follow along through a period of the lives of three women – Alice, Vic and Kaya – who become linked through a series of events, affecting all of them in different ways. The prose is beautiful, almost musical, and carries you along as each of the characters face very different hurdles, yet all are caught up in the same small whirlpool of time. They are all easy to relate to in different ways and the main magic of this for me was actually in their very differing personalities and ways of approaching things. The majority of the story was totally enthralling, as we go from one to the next and see things unravel for each of them.

 

There is a lot to love here – the strong female protagonists who also show very human weakness, the layers of plot exquisitely placed to offer both questions and answers and the examination of how women view themselves and each other. It is intelligent and well written and I was often enchanted.

 

Yes ok, personally I wish that the final denouement was more solid and that perhaps the start was a little more full on, but that is a purely subjective viewpoint – overall this is a wonderful book with some enigmatic and enthralling characters, and some wonderful settings -  I definitely want to read more from this author.

 

Happy Reading Folks!

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