The Wednesday Five: Fourth of July Reading List

July 1, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday Five, we gear up for the Fourth of July with five incredible works of fiction and non-fiction that speak to the complexities and brilliance of our American communities and its citizens. These works on page are a sobering meditation on the state of our union—its triumphs, its flaws, and its current realities.

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Book Review: ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’

June 25, 2015 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

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By Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

Certainly there are limitations to what is possible in housing and treating the frail elderly, but in “Being Mortal” we are offered some fascinating alternatives.

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Famous Fathers in Fiction

June 21, 2015 by Margery Stein

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By Margery Stein

This lineup of major literary father figures starts off with Atticus Finch . . . of course.

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Book Review: ‘H is for Hawk,’ by Helen Macdonald

June 9, 2015 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag

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By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Helen Macdonald, “in ruins” after the death of her father, tries to rebuild herself through her relationship with a hawk. “Mabel was everything I wanted to be: solitary, self possessed, free from grief, and numb to the hurts of human life. I was turning into a hawk.”

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The Wednesday Five: Fathers & Daughters

June 3, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Five compelling books that shed light on the fascinating relationship between fathers and daughters.

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Mothers in Literature: The Good, the Bad, and the Murderous

May 10, 2015 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Perhaps the most tortured mother in all literature is Sophie Zawistowska, whose life is forever frozen in time after the SS officer at Auschwitz demands: “You may keep one of your [two] children. The other one will have to go. Which one will you keep?”

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Book Review: ‘Our Bodies, Our Shelves,’ by Roz Warren

April 23, 2015 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

“Librarians aren’t allowed to exhibit any emotion other than politeness,” mild-mannered Roz Warren notes in her hilarious new book about the peccadillos of patrons in the Bala-Cynwyd library. “Not even when patrons curse, refuse to pay fines, or use cherry-flavored condoms for bookmarks.”

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Book Review: ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed,’ by Jon Ronson

April 16, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Jon Ronson’s new book discusses the extremely dire consequences that have befallen adults who posted imprudent comments on the Internet. How to mitigate the shame?

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Book Review: ‘You Should Have Known,’ by Jean Hanff Korelitz

April 2, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

This novel is a delightful mix of several genres—part comedy of manners, part literary thriller, and part marital self-help book/modern cautionary tale—all of which seem to work.

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Book Review: ‘Turning 15 on the Way to Freedom,’ a Story of Everyday Bravery

March 31, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Today, on the last day of Women’s History Month, we share more of a tale of true grit: the story of Lynda Blackmon Lowery, the youngest person to make the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting-rights march.

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Molly Fisk: Of Ecstasy and Laundry, Buddhism and Birds

March 28, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

My last moment of ecstasy? It was probably one of two things. Either I wrote a poem that I really liked, and felt that electric moment afterward of intense satisfaction and rightness. Or else it had something to do with birds.

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The Spring Fashion Book List

March 20, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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This spring, add to your Spring Reading List a few books by and about some of the most influential and game-changing women in fashion. These selections delve into the complicated lives of women like Elsa Schiaparelli, Betty Halbreich, Edith Head, and Loulou de la Falaise.

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Book Review: “Liar Temptress Soldier Spy”

March 3, 2015 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Morse-code messages in needlework . . . dispatches sewn into hoop skirts . . . a spy/coquette called both “an accomplished prostitute” and “the Secesh Cleopatra” . . . who knew? A review of a rousing new book about the daring and resourceful female spies—and soldiers—of the Civil War.

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How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse or Repel an Irate Library Patron

February 15, 2015 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

In the wake of a major disaster or calamity, promises “The Survival Handbook,” you’ll . . . know how to make a radio antenna with a Slinky, revive a dead car battery with aspirin, and start a fire with potato chips.

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New & Notable: On Courage

February 5, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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We’re always on the lookout for books that strike a chord with our readers. This week, as part of our coverage during Black History Month, we focus on two new books on African-Americans’ fight for freedom and civil rights.

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