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

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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

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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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‘Dietland': A Call to Arms Against Body Shaming

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

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Women today are realizing they need to fight back against . . . this idea that only one type of body is acceptable and worse, only an ideal decided on by someone else’s standards can be attractive.

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Book Review: ‘Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham,’ by Emily Bingham

July 9, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

It’s tempting to wonder how different things might have been if Henrietta Bingham had lived today. Though she was lucky compared to many, how much better might her life have been if her therapist would have concentrated on the wounds inflicted by her mother’s death and her father’s inappropriate dependence rather than changing her sexual orientation?

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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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