"How appropriate. An oral biography of Bella Abzug," writes Sam Roberts in The New York Times. "We’ll skip the pithy (and wordy) subtitle. Suffice it to say, ‘Bella Abzug,’ edited by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25), is much like the former West Side congresswoman herself: provocative, boisterous, sometimes grating, and mythic in its proportions."

Here’s the full title: "Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way."

The biography will be released Nov. 27.

Also from the NYT: "In a campaign in which a woman is leading the Democratic field, it was perhaps inevitable that the question would arise: would or should she be treated any differently from her rivals?"

"In Search of Hope: The Global Diaries of Mariane Pearl" features the stories of 12 women who work as change agents in Cambodia, Liberia, Colombia and elsewhere. The book is based on Pearl’s column for Glamour magazine. For each copy purchased on the magazine’s website, Glamour will donate the proceeds to the charities selected by the women profiled.

"This past summer I bemoaned the paucity of fare on the television screen that reflected my reality," writes Arlene M. Roberts. "This fall my lot is about to change, as I am faced with an array of choices. On November 9th, African-American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) will launch its film festival — for the tenth year in a row."

The film festival runs Nov. 9 – 11 in New York and features the works of emerging and established African, Latino and Asian women filmmakers from around the world. Check out the festival website for the full screening and event schedule.


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  • Eileen October 28, 2008 at 3:16 am

    This is great info to know.