The Pleasure of Summer Reading: Jennifer Haigh

July 28, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

If you want to have a string of intensely enjoyable summer afternoons, I suggest you spend them in Bakerton, PA. A has-been coal town in western Pennsylvania, this place and its various residents is the subject of a series of novels by Jennifer Haigh. One of the most interesting things about Haigh’s writing is the way she shows how small twists and turns, minor mistakes, or missteps can make all the difference in what follows.

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Book Review: ‘Because of Sex’

July 13, 2016 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

“Sadly, [Fox News commentator Gretchen] Carlson’s suit follows a time-worn pattern: supervisor propositions subordinate, subordinate refuses, supervisor makes subordinate’s life a misery.”

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Hamilton on Stage vs. Hamilton on the Page: a Great American Debate

July 4, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

How much of Alexander Hamilton’s current star status is the result of the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical’s book, music, and lyrics, and how much is owed to the genius of Hamilton himself?

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Fashionable and Informative: The Best Coffee Table Books for Summer

June 24, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


Whether you’re looking to revamp your coffee book collection, or add to your library, or decorate your living room, or embark on some self-guided learning on contemporary and vintage fashion trends, these lovely fashion books will do just the trick. Here are our must-reads to add to your summer reading list and beach totes!

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Book Review: Gina Barreca’s ‘If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?’

June 16, 2016 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

To have a nationally syndicated columnist who is our age, articulate as hell, wildly successful, and a diehard feminist? That’s fabulous.

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Book Review: Lesley Stahl’s Life as a Grandmother

June 9, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Lesley Stahl, the longtime ’60 Minutes’ correspondent, has a relatively new and joyful role — grandmother — and she writes about it in her book ‘Becoming Grandma.’

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Movie Review: ‘Love & Friendship’ — Jane Austen Addresses Marriage and Mothers

June 7, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

The average age of a Jane Austen heroine is 18.8. Enter Lady Susan, a widowed mother of 40 or so. She is refined, attractive, and boasts a far superior intellect than the friends and family she surrounds herself with.

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Book Review: ‘The Little Red Chairs,’ by Edna O’Brien

June 7, 2016 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag


By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Philip Roth has called this novel O’Brien’s “masterpiece.” I consider it a magisterial and gripping—though flawed—attempt to wrestle with profound moral issues, especially the twin horrors of religion and nationalism.

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Book Review: Clara Bingham Captures Complexity of ‘the Sixties’

June 2, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

‘Witness to the Revolution’ is an important book that will be a reference point for years to come in the effort to understand one of the most complex periods in our nation’s history. Clara Bingham has captured it like a photograph of lightning just as it strikes.

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Movie Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking-Glass’

May 31, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

If ‘Alice Through the Looking-Glass’ has a saving grace, it’s the message that women are as capable as men.

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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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