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

May 10, 2015 by Toni Myers


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Book Review: “Lighter As We Go”

January 29, 2015 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

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By Jane Moffett

The book’s authors assure us, through personal anecdotes, case studies, and findings from research on aging, mental health, and illness, that growing older can be a rewarding and enjoyable phase of life.

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Book Review: “Older Faster Stronger,” by Margaret Webb

November 25, 2014 by Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

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By Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

We listened in admiration as the former “short, stocky, flatfooted, still-smoking, pre-menopausal woman” told of the strength, energy, and lifted spirits that have enhanced her life since she decided to exercise her 50-year-old body “to the fitness level of a fit 20-year-old.”

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Book Review: “Yes Please,” by Amy Poehler

November 11, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron


Alexandra MacAaron

“Yes Please” is quick and entertaining. It’s part memoir, part “self-help,” part comedic monologue, and mostly funny. And that’s the problem.

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Book Review: Sonia Sotomayor—Too Flamboyant for the Supreme Court?

November 4, 2014 by Diane Vacca


By Diane Vacca

Because of her ethnicity, Sonia Sotomayor was automatically stigmatized. In addition, her innate extroversion was amplified by the exuberance of Latin culture, and this too was held against her, even when she became a Supreme Court justice. Her propensities for fire-engine-red nail polish, unruly hair, and “flashy” jewelry were singled out by the news media as markers of her otherness.

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Book Review: The Venturesome Life of Gail Sheehy

September 13, 2014 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

Sheehy’s memoir is the tale of a tempestuous romance; a compelling look into the first stirrings of female revolt in the 1960s and ’70s; and the story of a reporter who throws herself into danger so persistently that her book is clearly the blueprint for a screenplay.

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