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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The Wednesday Five: Fall Memoirs of Note

October 7, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday Five we share with you memoirs of note by five compelling women—Joyce Carol Oates, Margo Jefferson, Mary Karr, Sally Mann, and Sandra Cisneros.

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That’s Why the Lady Is an Ump

October 3, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

By Deborah Harkins

Perry Barber has called more baseball games during her 32-year career than any other woman umpire, and more than a lot of men, too. She means to continue umping as long as her strength and her legs hold up—and goddess help any bureaucrat who tries to keep her out of the game.

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Afghan Women’s Writing Project: ‘Washing the Dust From Our Hearts’

September 22, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

AWWP maintains a high level of secrecy to protect its writers. The Internet café in Kabul that is used by many of the women is at an undisclosed location. All of the women write under pseudonyms and avoid including details in their work that could give away their identities. Some of the writing from the Internet workshops is not posted because it would put the writer in certain danger.

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Book Review: ‘The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality,’ by Rachel Hills

September 17, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

People consistently overestimate how frequently their peers are having sex by a wide margin. Would our tepid sex lives bother us as much if we knew they were, well, normal? Or, if we understood that the idea that one size fits all is, where sex is concerned, a myth?

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Book Review: ‘Among the Ten Thousand Things,’ by Julia Pierpont

September 3, 2015 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag


By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

This novel is less about a failed marriage than about how the mysteries of adult life reverberate within children and ricochet among family members.

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Women as Victims: ‘The Hand That Feeds You,’ by A.J. Rich

August 6, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How do you know when epic flaws are actually abusive traits that are harmful to you — and that love has nothing to do with it? A new novel, by A.J. Rich, called ‘The Hand That Feeds You,’ attempts to answer that question while at the same time providing a new entry into the genre of highbrow semi- literary thrillers.

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Book Review: The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

July 28, 2015 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag


By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Not since Doris Lessing’s autobiographical Martha Quest series, have I read a book so intensely focused on the inner complexities of what it is to be a modern woman as well as the contradictory emotions—love, jealousy, competitiveness, compassion—of female friendship.

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This Essay Needs a Better Title

July 24, 2015 by Roz Warren

By Roz Warren

Titling has been never my strong suit. Writing a publishable essay? I can do that! But coming up with an amazing title for that essay? Not so much. Thank God for editors! And Facebook!

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