Fashion Friday: Style Begins at Home

January 31, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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To create an interior environment pleasing to anyone trapped inside by the Polar Vortex, consider these new and enticing books on style: rustic style (Quirky, Bohemian, Sophisticated, and more); Tom Scheerer’s restrained brand of chic; the Axel Vervoordt company’s aesthetic combining natural elements, antiques, and fine art; and Taschen’s unique style.

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Book Review: “Ties That Bind”—Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories

January 25, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

These storytellers are not accomplished writers. Many are uneducated. Yet their words are as interesting and compelling as anything you might find in a novel. As in all the StoryCorps interviews, there’s a candor and “truthiness” that humbles us, no matter how humble the storyteller’s situation.

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I Wrote a Novel in 18 Days. You Can, Too!

January 18, 2014 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

I learned that giving myself to a story for a few weeks was not only fun, but enlightening. Who needs to try memoir when a novel can serve the same purpose? Mine was all about me, in a way. I killed myself off and soon was resurrected in the twenty-something characters of my grandchildren. I loved traveling and escaping the forces of evil.

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Days of Their Lives: Louise Fili, Always Elegantissima

January 14, 2014 by Mariam Aldhahi

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By Mariam Aldhahi

By borrowing from the form of vintage Italian signs and advertisements, graphic designer Louise Fili maintains an elegant, classic feel that manages to ignite nostalgia in even the most devout modernist.

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Book Review: Lucy Lethbridge’s ‘Servants’ or Why We Love ‘Downtown Abbey’

December 26, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Far from the warm picture depicted in Downton Abbey, relations between servants and masters were cool and distant. The former were not fully recognized as fellow sentient beings—their feelings were not considered and their employers generally carried on social (and even physical) functions as if the servants were not there.

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Doris Lessing: Masterful Writer, Confounding Woman

December 14, 2013 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag

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It used to be unseemly for women to admit that, like men, they were aggressive, domineering, selfish, and driven in their work and careers. Fortunately, gone are the days when women pretended their careers “just happened” or they were “lucky.” Now we know that in her life, Lessing was a mix of charm and ruthlessness.

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The Women’s Voices List: Memoirs We Love

December 10, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Falling into the hands of a really good memoirist is like sitting by the fire with someone who has lived through life-changing experiences and knows how to talk about them in a compelling way.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Tracking the Well-Lived Life

December 5, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Love, it seems, offers a “protective” shield as we age. Of those men participating in the Harvard study of happiness, those who “scored” well in this category lived longer, healthier, and happier lives than other subjects.

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The Girl with the Notebook

December 3, 2013 by Grace Ali

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By Grace Ali

Chaffe Jenetta is not another nameless village in another ubiquitous story of poverty in Africa. It is a challenging but wealthy place—albeit not material wealth. It is not a place to flee from, but one to be nurtured and supported. The little girl I met could one day turn out to be a powerful voice for Ethiopia. She might become a writer herself, sharing with the world its multiple stories. And to do so, perhaps she will find herself returning to those very notebooks.

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Book Review: Tish Jett’s ‘Forever Chic’

November 15, 2013 by Grace Ali

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Tish Jett’s ‘Forever Chic’ is more than tips and tricks on being our better physical and stylish selves—it is full of lessons about, as clichéd as it may sound, being a better person. The book’s strength lies in its anecdotes and wisdom on how women—those of us caught up in 21st century over-complicated, over-scheduled, over-committed, over-everything lives—can be more present and committed to living a fuller life of kindness, generosity, openness, and adventure.

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Toni Reads: Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of All Things”

November 2, 2013 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

I loved Gilbert’s blockbuster “Eat, Pray. Love,” a beautiful fantasy, in contrast to “The Signature,” a realistic novel full of believable detail. It matters not if you hated “Eat, Pray, Love”; you will be in awe of Gilbert’s new novel. She writes convincingly and elegantly in a 19th-century style, with intelligent prose and characters you won’t soon forget.

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2013 Nobel Prize Winner: Alice Munro

October 20, 2013 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag

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By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Alice Munro’s drama is largely that of the human heart—what used to be pigeonholed as “women’s fiction.” Munro transcended that genre decades ago. She had become an essential literary treasure and source of pleasure.

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Angelina Jolie, Monkey Lust, and the Promise of a Sweet Night of Passion with Donald Trump

October 19, 2013 by Roz Warren

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I can’t help but be aware of the fact that a book about female sexuality written by a guy is very different from one written by a woman. Still, this is an often-fascinating myth-buster of a book that strives, and occasionally manages, to get to the truth about women and sex.

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Book Review: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Simple Dreams’

October 8, 2013 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Fluid writing, modesty about her accomplishments, and a light touch make this book a fun read. I have always admired Linda Ronstadt’s singing; now I admire her intelligence and style, in both the literary and the musical sense.

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Marion Winik Has Kissed a Lot Of Frogs

October 5, 2013 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

The healthiest relationship Winik describes is with first husband, Tony, who, when they met, was a “penniless gay bartender who had recently lost his job as an ice-skating coach due to his drug problem.” It was all downhill from there.

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