A wealth of collectables and advertising were created to promote and advance the cause of women’s suffrage. Florey, Professor Emeritus at Southern ConA wealth of collectables and advertising were created to promote and advance the cause of women’s suffrage. Florey, Professor Emeritus at Southern Connecticut State University and a specialist in Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia, has compiled an alphabetical detailed review of over 70 different types of items manufactured specifically for (and in a few cases against) the suffrage movement. In this densely packed volume, he illustrates their importance to both the movement and history in England and America.
This title caught my eye because I am interested in the preservation and accessibility of archives relevant to women’s studies. After reading the back cover, I was cautiously optimistic, but feared I would be disappointed by limited scope. I was then very pleasantly surprised at the depth of both material and scholarship found in the two-column pages of this title. Florey documents many different and varied items from the expected buttons and badges to fly swatters and even valentines! The photographs of the items are clear and well described, the descriptive text is decorated with additional references, and the index is extensive.
Despite its density, this is an approachable volume--I am not a scholar of women's history, suffrage, or early collectables--because the author explains why and how the items are of interest to historians of the time period, the suffragist movement, and also to those interested in the history of advertising or popular culture.
While daunting, it's entirely possible to read cover to cover though I expect most readers would prefer to skip around to items of specific interest.
I received my copy of this title through the Library Thing Early Reviewer Program....more
Eve Ensler best known for her play, The Vagina Monologues, has penned a very moving and at times raw memoir of her experience with uterine cancer. EnsEve Ensler best known for her play, The Vagina Monologues, has penned a very moving and at times raw memoir of her experience with uterine cancer. Ensler explains how this fast-moving and not-quite-linear memoir is similar to a CAT Scan, a roving examination. The time-out-of-place juxtaposition of presents, pasts, friends, family, despair, and hope gives the pages depth and the use of strong words are at times painful but important to read through.
(note: I received my copy of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program.)...more
My school years were apparently those when the remarkable achievements of Marie Curie and _both_ her daughters were not in the lexicon as they are todMy school years were apparently those when the remarkable achievements of Marie Curie and _both_ her daughters were not in the lexicon as they are today. That is the only reason I can conceive as to why no one ever handed me a biography or suggested I gain more than a cursory knowledge of Mme Curie. Or, they just assumed this bookworm had already read everything there was on her. During my final term in college I took a course on Science, State Power, and Ethics. While that course was well over a decade ago, I do not recall anything on the Curies in the syllabus, though I did gain much familiarity with the scientists of the Manhattan Project.
Emling's slim book is approachable and has given me a framework and desire to search out and learn more about these women. While she focuses on the people, she does not shy from the science, describing it in an understandable way. Overall the book is organized in a mostly logical manner, though I felt the final few chapters describing Irene and Eve's later years was not as polished as the beginning of the book.
There is quite a lot of information in these pages and the story of the three Curie women should not be overlooked....more
An interesting read that filled my girlish American desire to know more about the Women in the British Monarchy, but at times I felt Whitney could havAn interesting read that filled my girlish American desire to know more about the Women in the British Monarchy, but at times I felt Whitney could have gone further in depth without causing disruption or distress or turning it into a full gossip rag. ...more
This really really made me think about all the choices I make throughout the day, from what I chose to lunch to what and when I "reward myself for gooThis really really made me think about all the choices I make throughout the day, from what I chose to lunch to what and when I "reward myself for good behaviour". Lots of thoughts here. ...more
This is another NYPL book, and I can’t recall where I learned of it to put it on my hold list. It was incredibly fascinating to me as I was not familiThis is another NYPL book, and I can’t recall where I learned of it to put it on my hold list. It was incredibly fascinating to me as I was not familiar with the concept of purdah and was highly curious about that life. Another thing to add to the list of things to research. I found her short story “Ladyland” very fascinating and better than Herland by Charlotte P. Gilman, published a decade later....more
I found Shepard's memoir of her path to and on her Fulbright year enjoyable. Despite a few books on my shelves of far-flung Jewish Communities such asI found Shepard's memoir of her path to and on her Fulbright year enjoyable. Despite a few books on my shelves of far-flung Jewish Communities such as the Bene Israel, I am sadly mostly ignorant of them. Additionally I have a large hole in my knowledge of "real" Islam. I studied Western Religions at an introductory level in College, but it was very theoretical. I don't know much about many things as they are in the world outside the academic bubble. The portrait Shepard sketches of her identity and the customs and concerns she faces was a refreshing read. It reminds me many respects of Saidiya Hartman's Lose Your Mother, both write with a frank poetry and cadence that left me feeling as if I were conversing over a cup of tea. (note: I took a seminar with Professor Hartman in 2008 so my memory of her book and her class have most likely merged in the past year). If you think your way of religion is the one and only right way, please don't open this book or come ranting to me with "how could she". If you are respectful and curious, I think you will greatly enjoy the journey Shepard invites us on. I wish her the best on her future endeavors. ...more
A recent trip found me at Wall Drugs in South Dakota, an interesting shop with a surprisingly (to me) amazing and impressive book selection. While theA recent trip found me at Wall Drugs in South Dakota, an interesting shop with a surprisingly (to me) amazing and impressive book selection. While there I picked up A Little House Sampler by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane. I wasn't planning on buying any books over this short break, but this one just begged me to take it home (it was on sale and that small fact broke my resolve). It turned into perfect vacation reading. It is a selection of early stories and articles by both Laura and Rose and while we were only in Western Nebraska and South Dakota it was amazing to really see the land and make a little more sense of what Laura encountered growing up. It's been years since I've been in Minnesota or Iowa, and then I spent my time in (mostly) urban areas.
The collection goes back and forth between Laura and Rose and I re-learned a good deal about the real family I had forgotten over the years. I enjoyed reading Laura's writings for the Missouri Ruralist as they are a completely different sort from the Little House series.
Overall I think that Anderson did a nice job editing the collection together and I enjoyed reading it....more
I've waited a long time for this book and it did not disappoint. In this book I see the growth of Anton as an author and scholar of Jewish history. HeI've waited a long time for this book and it did not disappoint. In this book I see the growth of Anton as an author and scholar of Jewish history. Her learning of Judaism (halachah and minhag) has grown throughout the three books and she does not diminish an observant viewpoint. I feel the entire "trilogy" of Rashi's Daughters, is important for Jewish women today whether they are observant, modern, or whatever (I hate labels). I thank the author for not diminishing or marginalizing taharat hamishpacha. I look forward to her future writings and hope that her writings indeed spark others to question, to learn, and to grow. ...more
This comprehensive collection into women's autobiography should not be missed. The lengthy (52 page, 2 column) introduction lays out the history, theThis comprehensive collection into women's autobiography should not be missed. The lengthy (52 page, 2 column) introduction lays out the history, the theories, and the future of the field. The essays within fall into eight parts from agency to subjectivities and memories and sexualities. Essayists range from Margo Culley (editor of A Day at a Time) and Helen Buss (New Historicism, also editor of Working in Women's Archives) and Assia Djebar (author of Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade) to Judith Butler (Excitable Speech and Bodies That Matter). I am not a scholar of women's studies so my knowledge of this topic is limited and basic (the authors listed are the names I recognized), but the words within this Reader are accessible even to me. It's a large book, but entirely worthy of the shelf space. ...more