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review 2018-09-16 02:40
Out in Oct
A History of the World in 21 Women - Jenni Murray

Disclaimer: ARC via Librarything

 

                We love lists.  We make shopping lists, reading lists, to read lists, movie lists, and on and on.  Any book or article that publishes a list is going to get called on that list.  So, let’s get that bit out of the way.

 

                Murray’s list of 21 women starts in Ancient Egypt and goes to Cathy Freeman.  There is a total of eight women of color, three from the US, and two from France and Russia.  Every continent is represented, except South America, which is a bit annoying.  Bonus points for having Australia represented by an Aboriginal woman.  There is a nice mixture of women in the arts, politics, and sciences.  It’s true that a reader does wonder why some lesser known women aren’t mentioned, why, in some cases, the standard women are trotted out.  And couldn’t a woman from South America make the list?  But all the women either were or are highly influential, usually in more than one field. 

 

                But quite frankly, it was so wonderful to see Toni Morrison here, and she isn’t the only artist.

 

                Jenni Murray, host of BBC’s Women Hour, details 21 women using an amazing personal voice as well as with a good critical eye.  At times her personal admiration really does shine though.  Honesty, Merkel, c’mon, let Murray talk to you, basically so she can ask you if you really did read Playboy to understand Trump. 

 

                Murray also does not whitewash the flaws in the women.  IN fact, at times, she notes her own conflicts with some of the actions the women take – for instance Queen Isabella’s prosecutions of Jews.  She handles Bhutto’s political history deftly.  The tone of the writing is totally engaging, and the book is quite easy to dip in and out of.  It is as if you are listening to Murray present on the radio.

               

                The portraits of each woman are incredibly lovely.

 

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review 2018-03-12 00:00
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black Hist... Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History - Vashti Harrison I know I'm an adult and this is a kids book but that didn't matter to me.

This is an amazing book on 40 of the most amazing black women leaders in history. Covering everything from astronauts and jazz singers, to doctors and ballet dancers. The illustrations are beautiful and the information about each of the leaders is inspiring. This book is a great reference source for people of all ages, as it offers a rich history about the strong women who were leaders in their chosen fields many years ago and how their contributions helped with shaping this country.
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review 2017-11-23 20:21
DNF @ 16%
The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II - Svetlana Alexievich,Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear

This just wasn't what I was expecting. It's just a bunch of snippets of women telling their war stories without any kind of overarching narrative or background. Not a bad book in itself, but I'm not interested in reading 300 pages of this.

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review 2017-08-05 02:40
A woman's worth..
The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History - Elizabeth Norton

Take a step into the lives of Tudor women. From Elizabeth of York to Elizabeth I, this book dives into the lives of not only the nobility, but some of the more notable names of the day. 

Most women were seen as quiet and "homemakers" some women in the Tudor ages made a name for themselves. Nuns, queens, and members of the working class, all of them had one thing in common.. they were women trying to survive in a male dominated world. They were not written into history of their own accord, but we can learn quite a bit about them from some of the surviving documents of the time, and through the lives of their husbands (of course). While some male figures, such as Henry VIII thrust many women into the spot light that might have had their names lost to time, there are others that made a splash into the spotlight owing to some very daring behavior. Anne Askew, Elizabeth Barton, Jane Dormer, and Cecily Burbage are just a few that are named in this commentary. 

This was an interesting read, and one that I enjoyed. While most of the names were familiar through other readings, there were a few that I had not heard much on before. This read is worth the time that it takes to get through it.

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text 2017-05-23 21:09
The Next Stack of Library Books
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire - Carol Dyhouse
Jane Steele - Lyndsay Faye
New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Tracy Chevalier
Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie
Player Piano - Kurt Vonnegut
The Palace - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

After a four day weekend, it's back to the salt mines today.  But these beauties are waiting for me to come home to them!

 

Have a good week, everyone.

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