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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‘Dietland’: A Call to Arms Against Body Shaming

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


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


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


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


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


Five compelling books that shed light on the fascinating relationship between fathers and daughters.

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