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The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women
4.08
did not like it
Let me begin this review by professing my support for Jessica Valenti's overarching purpose in The Purity Myth: to expose the trope of sexual purity a ...more
May 14, 2009
May 13, 2009
 
College Girl
2.93
it was ok
Stop me if you've heard this story before: A beautiful, young, over-achieving student from a poor family feels out of place at her fancy East Coast co ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
Full Frontal Feminism
3.86
did not like it
Jessica Valenti is a part of the feminist blogger elite, and for good reason. The blog she helped to establish, Feministing.com, receives a significan ...more
May 14, 2009
May 13, 2009
 
Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships
4.10
it was amazing
I’ve been waiting for this book for a decade!

I read The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Catherine A. Liszt in 1998, but found the information they p
...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes
3.94
it was amazing
My library copy of Vegan with a Vengeance shouldn’t have been returned. Not in the state it was in after it lived in my kitchen for five renewed statu ...more
May 04, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
48 Liberal Lies About American History
3.74
did not like it
48 Liberal Lies About American History is a shocking read. In formatting this book, Larry Schweikart states a "liberal lie", and then provides evident ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
 
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
2.44
liked it
Julie Powell wrote a blog called the Julie/Julia Project, which was turned into a book entitled Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, and l ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
 
Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen
3.56
really liked it
Forget fairytales and fables that threaten rape and violence to women who go off the beaten path, deny their parents, or refuse to marry. Marilyn Chin ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
 
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS
4.13
really liked it
The arrival in 1994 of HIV and AIDS to the London School of Hygiene's curriculum led Elizabeth Pisani, a former journalist and scholar of classical Ch ...more
not set
Jan 10, 2009
 
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
3.21
it was amazing
What molding and stretching is required of a woman who chooses to better the quality of life of others over her own? Perhaps this type of self-sacrifi ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
 
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire
3.97
liked it
Goodman has been freelancing for sixteen years at the time of publication. From the jump, her writing is accessible and fun. The follow-up to the some ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape
4.19
it was ok
Connections: The Apostate and Professor What If review...
Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape

The Apostate: My initi
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May 14, 2009
May 13, 2009
 
Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory
3.62
it was amazing
I stand firm in the belief that the most obnoxious party conversation of all is the origins of words. There is never a good reason to bust out the Old ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
 
Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
4.16
liked it
Most of the attention Dr. Leonard Sax gets is for his advocacy of single sex education for boys. In his first book, Why Gender Matters: What Parents a ...more
Aug 11, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
 
Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult
3.36
liked it
Don’t be fooled by the somewhat whimsical title of Jayanti Tamm’s memoir Cartwheels in a Sari; this account of a young woman’s life as "growing up cul ...more
Apr 18, 2009
Apr 18, 2009
 
Gourmet Rhapsody
3.22
it was amazing
Food has become a very controversial subject, many arguing that education levels, income, and race unfairly dictate the availability of fresh foods an ...more
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 26, 2010
 
The Impostor's Daughter: A True Memoir
3.55
it was amazing
The disenchantment of our parents, when we realize they’re humans too, is an unpleasant event of growing up. We all handle it differently. For Laurie ...more
Dec 14, 2009
Dec 13, 2009
 
Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism
4.17
really liked it
Jessica Yee and I have a lot in common, personally and politically. For one, last year we were both curating collective published works that simultane ...more
May 04, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
From Eve to Dawn: A History of Women in the World, Vol. 1
3.92
it was amazing
I was first introduced to Marilyn French as an enthusiastic college student entering the world of radical feminism. I came across references to The Wo ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
 
Free from Lies: Discovering Your True Needs
4.18
really liked it
In her latest study, Free From Lies, famed psychologist Alice Miller examines the way child abuse shapes the psyche and the effect it can have on huma ...more
Jul 25, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
 
American Adulterer
3.13
it was amazing
I’ll admit I am neither a friend of celebrity culture or the particular brand of it that centers on the Kennedys. I am, however, interested in sexual ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
 
The Late Bloomer's Revolution: A Memoir
3.22
it was ok
Cute chick + NYC + media job + boyfriend troubles + comedically quirky friends and family + insipid metaphors + lightbulb moment resolution = book dea ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
 
Murder in the Name of Honor: The True Story of One Woman's Heroic Fight Against an Unbelievable Crime
3.81
liked it
Rana Husseini is a journalist from Jordan, and in Murder in the Name of Honor, she writes of the aftermath and trauma of honor killings in Jordan and ...more
Feb 05, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
 
Poems from the Women's Movement (American Poets Project)
3.90
really liked it
It’s debatable whether collections of work by “women poets” (or, shudder, “poetesses”) are legitimate groupings. I tend to regard these types of colle ...more
Jul 25, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
 
Where Underpants Come from: From Checkout to Cotton Field - Travels Through the New China
3.37
really liked it
It’s absolutely astonishing to realize how much junk people in North America consume only to throw away. Most of it is from China. When I started to r ...more
Jul 25, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
 
Everybody Talks About the Weather . . . We Don't: The Writings of Ulrike Meinhof
3.99
really liked it
Everybody Talks about the Weather... We Don't is an informative attempt to better understand the revolutionary German journalist-turned-terrorist of t ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
One Fifth Avenue
3.35
did not like it
I prefer not to make New Year’s Resolutions. However, there is one that I intend to make and keep. I will never read a "chick lit" book again. For yea ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
 
Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America
3.85
really liked it
The town I grew up in—Athens, Georgia (pop. 100,266)—is generally known for two things: indie music (a la REM, Elephant 6, and Kindercore) and the Uni ...more
Sep 12, 2009
Sep 12, 2009
 
Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire
3.95
it was amazing
Incredible. Insightful. Inspiring. These are the words I use to describe Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire, the pivotal textbook on ...more
Jul 25, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
 
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal
3.86
really liked it
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death is a strong anthology of essays, which Laurie Notaro presents with an utterly unique sense of humor an ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
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