Don’t Wait for Summer: Two Wonderful Family Novels to Read Now

May 13, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

This spring we have been blessed by the publication of two new novels about families. “The Nest,” by Cynthia D’Apprix Sweeny, is a debut for this 55-year-old former copywriter. “Miller’s Valley,” is the latest entry from veteran writer Anna Qunidlen, and it may be her best yet.

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Mary Ann McDonnell, the Word-Keeper

April 22, 2016 by Judie Rae


By Judie Rae

“I write to center myself, to encourage myself, to commune with the ecstasy and render meaning to things that may appear random,” says the word-keeper. “It is where I learn from my habits, successes, disappointments, heartaches, and heartbreaks.”

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Fabulous Fashion Books Newly Released in March

March 25, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


Not only does Spring signal a fantastic new fashion season, it also welcomes a slew of new and enticing fashion stories, histories, memoirs, and look books. Here are five fabulous books newly released this March that feature everything from break out stars in jewelry design to a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week.

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Library Law: Checking in Books and Breaking Up Fights

March 23, 2016 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

We librarians are expected to check out your books and answer your reference questions. But we’re often called upon to perform other tasks. For example, breaking up fights between moms in our play area.

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Book Review: ‘Sisters in Law’—Two Women Who Have Made a Difference

March 1, 2016 by Diane Vacca


By Diane Vacca

“Sisters in Law” is an enjoyable, as well as informative, read. Women with little knowledge of the extent of women’s inequality in America until only 40 years ago owe it to themselves to read it. Anyone who already admires Ruth Bader Ginsburg will learn much about her brilliance and her achievements.

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The Wednesday Five: Notable Books by Black Women

February 17, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


This past year was a great one for African-American women in letters. It was a year that saw triumph after triumph of literary mastery from Black women writers whose groundbreaking work and storytelling added much needed narratives and perspectives to our collective American history.

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

February 16, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


For Black History Month, we share 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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The Wednesday Five: 5 Books on ‘Why We Love’

February 10, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


Today’s Wednesday Five is dedicated to five essential books that help us understand the psychology of love and that offer thoughtful examinations of why we love. And perhaps more importantly than the “why,” these books deliver beautiful perspectives on the necessity of love in our daily lives

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New Book Explores the Secret Lives of Young Arab Women

January 28, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


Katherine Zoepf’s ‘Excellent Daughters’ is the result of hundreds of interviews over ten years, that aim to challenge stereotypes in the Western imagination that Arab women are brainwashed, naive, or simply ‘voiceless victims.’

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A New Treasure from Elizabeth Strout: ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’

January 21, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

No matter how long it has been since we have left home, we still long for our mothers, even those who haven’t suffered the kind of deprivation described by Elizabeth Strout.

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I’m a Jew in a Christmas Book

December 17, 2015 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

The one thing all these stories have in common is an enduring sense of Jewish identity. All of us have found that even as we encounter and embrace a diversity of traditions, we remain Jews. You can have a Christmas tree in your house, put on a Santa suit and distribute holiday gifts to the homeless, or delight in the gigantic illuminated rotating Frosty the Snowman on your neighbor’s roof and still be Jewish.

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Top British Novels Ever? Women Own That Bookshelf

December 9, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Gentlemen and not-so-gentlemanly men, please note: Of the top five books, four were written by women.

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Book Review: ‘Paradise Drive’ — Poems by Rebecca Foust

November 9, 2015 by Laura Baudo Sillerman

Paradise Drive book cover

By Laura Baudo Sillerman

In her fifth collection, Rebecca Foust has managed rhythm and rhyme in ways that speak of someone who knows the rules so fully that she has permission to depart from them.

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Book Review: “Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman”

October 30, 2015 by Tish Jett


By Tish Jett

The pages take us on a chronological journey through her career from 1936 to 1962. As we move along we see the evolution of fashion within the context of the world it inhabited. We see Vreeland’s brilliance, her comprehension of the culture of the pre- and post-war years and the radical societal changes culminating in the Pop 60s.

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Book Review: ‘Drinking in America: Our Secret History,’ by Susan Cheever

October 29, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Because of our ambivalent relationship to alcohol, our shame and the wide pendulum swings in our attitude about it, drinking has never been wholly integrated into our culture in an open, normative way. While some may argue there is no way to be normative about a substance so easily abused, Americans have a particularly rocky relationship to the bottle.

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