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


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“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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Dr. Ford Reviews: Sue Miller’s ‘The Arsonist’—Love’s Dangerous Spark

July 31, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Her depiction of Bud and Frankie’s affair lets Miller once again display her exceptional understanding of female sexuality and the uniquely artful way she has of portraying it as a fully integrated part of her characters’ lives.

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Roz Reviews: ‘Tender Is the Brisket’

July 19, 2014 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

Stacia Friedman, who has worked in the film industry, knows how to put a scene together, keep it moving, and keep the laughs coming. But her wit carries insight.

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A Summer Study in Fashion and Style

June 27, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


There’s no better time to catch up on the growing list of books you must get to than during the summer. than during the summer. This summer, we’re encouraging you to take a study break with iconic women of fashion and style. Here are our picks for Women of Style 101.

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Books: ‘Sympathetic People’—14 Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing

June 17, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Each of the very short stories in “Sympathetic People” is like a little jewel. In just a few pages, Baier Stein gives us a finely focused glimpse into an entire life. It was hard to put the book down, but I paced myself, savoring a single story each evening.

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Roz Reviews: “Now I See You”—Flipping the Finger at Fate

May 3, 2014 by Roz Warren

By Roz Warren

When you learn that your vision is seriously impaired and getting worse—take to the trapeze! What could possibly go wrong?

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“Feed the Good Wolf”: Dr. Ford Reviews Arianna Huffington’s ‘Thrive’

April 17, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Onward, upward, and inward” were the closing words of Huffington’s Smith commencement speech, and in this book she details the ways in which she learned to focus inward in order to restore balance in her life.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: A Woman Alone

April 3, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Making assumptions that we don’t automatically make about men, we often assume that the single woman is not single by choice: Something is amiss.

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Sheryl Sandberg Made Me Cry

March 7, 2014 by Susan Lieberman

By Susan Lieberman

An hour into reading “Lean In” on a plane trip home, I found myself crying. It hit me hard that I hadn’t leaned in, and instinctively I was aware that I hadn’t done so because I feared what it would do to my marriage.

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Books: Anna Quindlen’s ‘Still Life with Bread Crumbs’

March 1, 2014 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag

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By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

In “Still Life With Bread Crumbs” we are in fantasyland, and my bet is that it will soon be turned into a Diane Keaton movie. I would call it a light, easy-to-read, summer-vacation book in which every wrinkle is too easily ironed out.

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SECOND ACT: Examining a Life—Reflections from Alice Walker’s Biographer

February 25, 2014 by Evelyn White


Aretha Franklin has long bedazzled me. But after my journey [writing a biography of Alice Walker], I know that I’m ill suited to craft a biography of the Queen of Soul. Why? In my studied opinion, Franklin (her soul-baring vocals notwithstanding) is not predisposed to meaningful self-disclosure. And that’s her prerogative.

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Books: The World According to Nora Ephron

February 18, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Even if you‘re a long-time fan like me, there will be work in this new book that you’ve missed. I own all of Ephron’s books, but had never read her blog. I’d also missed a lot of her early reporting about politics and journalism for venues like “The New York Post” and “Esquire.”

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