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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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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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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Roz Reads: ‘Cured: My Ovarian Cancer Story’

September 21, 2013 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

While Joyce Wadler’s book, ‘Cured: My Ovarian Cancer Story,’ covers some bleak and scary stuff, it’s also funny as hell. And if you can walk through the shadow of the valley of death and still have your audience in stitches, they’ll love you for it.

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New & Notable: Family Dramas

August 24, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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We’re always on the lookout for books that strike a chord with our readers. This week in New & Notable we focus on the “family dramas”—a young girl’s disappearance unearths a community’s secrets; a widow rediscovers passion in the tangled lives of her neighbors; and a family comes together to rescue an overeating matriarch.

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Thanks for Sharing, Shirley!

August 20, 2013 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Orgasms have always come easily for Shirley Jones, and if that’s too much information for you, you might not enjoy “Shirley Jones,” her new memoir, in which the actress writes frankly about both her successful acting career and her sizzling sex life.

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New & Notable: Of Rage, Fear, Loneliness—and One Writer’s Remedy

August 17, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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We’re always on the lookout for books that strike a chord with our readers. This week in New & Notable we focus on the “everyday traumas” that afflict us—and one woman’s ode to a trustworthy path to everyday joy.

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Connie Schultz: Turbo-Charged in Middle Age

August 3, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Connie Schultz’s new blog, “LIfe in the Middle Ages,” is charming. And wise. Between the ages of 50 and 55, she writes amiably, she learned to accept the fact that we young-feeling older women look . . . well, our age . . . to others: “It takes a little time to realize that the world is onto us.”

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