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Not the Babar You Remember

New  York’s Morgan Library is currently hosting “Drawing Babar:  Early Drafts and Watercolors,” a show  of “manuscript drafts, sketches, and watercolors, for the first book by each of Babar’s two authors, father and son Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff.”  The … Continue reading

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CFP: (Short) Reviews of Books Concerning Women and the Law

Call for Book Reviews: Women and the Law   Proposals Due September 25, 2008   The editors of Pace Law Review invite proposals from scholars, researchers, practitioners and professionals for contributions to a special book review issue to be published … Continue reading

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“Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope”

From the publisher’s website: Olivia Gardner, a northern California teenager, was severely taunted and cyber-bullied by her classmates for more than two years. News of her bullying spread, eventually reaching two teenage girls from a neighboring town, sisters Emily and … Continue reading

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Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy, “The Black Acedemic’s Guide for Winning Tenure – Without Losing Your Soul”

From Inside Higher Ed: In The Black Academic’s Guide to Winning Tenure : Without Losing Your Soul (Lynne Rienner), Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy offer both empathy and”to do”lists for African American scholars seeking tenure : as well as … Continue reading

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Kelly Oliver, “Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media”

From the publisher: Ever since Eve tempted Adam with her apple, women have been regarded as a corrupting and destructive influence. The very idea that women can be used as interrogation tools, as evidenced in the Abu Ghraib torture photos, … Continue reading

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Thomas McGarity and Wendy Wagner, “Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research”

From here: In their book, McGarity and Wagner describe how scientists can find their research blocked, or find themselves threatened with financial ruin. Corporations, plaintiff attorneys, think tanks, even government agencies have been caught suppressing or distorting research on the … Continue reading

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Paula Gunn Allen 1939-2008

Feminist author and scholar Paula Gunn Allen died on May 29, 2008.  Here is a portion of her  obituary from the LA Times: In the 1960s, when some in academia still denied the existence of Native American literature, Paula Gunn … Continue reading

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“Pinstripes & Pearls” by Judith Richards Hope

From the Powell’s Page: To illustrate the challenges facing women of her generation, author Judith Richards Hope describes the lives and careers of a handful of barrier-breaking women, including herself, from Harvard Law School’s pivotal class of 1964, who fought … Continue reading

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“Suffragist City”

That’s the title of a column by academic historian Mary Beth Norton that appeared in The Nation, describing new books about important women in history. Norton writes: … Groundbreaking books by historians Judith Wellman, Lori Ginzburg and Jean Baker, among … Continue reading

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Randa Abdel-Fattah, “Does My Head Look Big In This?”

About the author. Read a review of the book here, below is an excerpt: Abdel-Fattah has written an extremely likeable novel, which will appeal to both children and adults. She has easily captured the heart and spirit of her main … Continue reading

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Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy of Children’s Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate”

From the publisher’s website: Hidden in Plain Sight tells the tragic untold story of children’s rights in America. It asks why the United States today, alone among nations, rejects the most universally embraced human-rights document in history, the United Nations … Continue reading

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Rory Dicker, “A History of U.S. Feminisms”

From this website: “The History of U.S. Feminism is an introductory text designed to be used as supplementary material for first-year women’s studies students or as a brush-up text for more advanced students. Covering the first, second, and third waves … Continue reading

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Valenti’s New Book on “Double Standards”

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Book by Judi Craig: Women Attorneys Speak Out!

I really dislike book reviews like this one in “The Compleat Lawyer”: What is it like to be a female attorney in today’s world, particularly in comparison to being a male attorney? How are women lawyers treated–by clients, male attorneys, … Continue reading

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Watch Martha Nussbaum Talk With Bill Moyers About her newest book, LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE: IN DEFENSE OF AMERICA’S TRADITION OF RELIGIOUS EQUALITY.

Here. The transcript of the interview is here. Previous post about the book here. I got to take Martha Nussbaum on a tour of the Congaree Swamp when she gave a series of talks here a couple of years ago … Continue reading

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“COLOR OF VIOLENCE: THE INCITE! ANTHOLOGY!”

From this site (where there is far more information): Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology presents the fierce and vital writing of 33 visionary radical women and trans people of color. These writers not only investigate the intersecting ways in … Continue reading

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Robert I. Sutton, “The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t.”

From this website: “In his new book, Sutton reveals the huge TCA (Total Cost of Assholes) in today’s corporations. He shows how to spot an asshole (hint: they are addicted to rude interruptions and subtle putdowns, and enjoy using “sarcastic … Continue reading

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“Prostitution, Politics and Policy” by Roger Matthews

From the publisher’s website: Governments in different parts of the world have been struggling to develop constructive policies to deal with prostitution – as, for example, the British Home Office recently instigated a £1.5 million programme to help address the … Continue reading

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Judy Blume: One of the most banned authors in the U.S.

Video interview with Blume here, at Current TV. Make sure you hear her explanation for the motivations behind her novel “Forever.” Via Jezebel. See also this interview essay about “Forever” that appeared in The Guardian. If it wasn’t for Blume’s … Continue reading

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Robin Fretwell Wilson, “Keeping Women in Business (and Family)”

Abstract: Work and family have become either/or propositions for a growing segment of young professionals in business, law, and medicine. A well documented opt-out revolution is underway, in which women professionals are leaving the workplace in droves. Less appreciated is … Continue reading

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“Good Faith” – A NYT Review of Martha Nussbaum’s new book,”Liberty of Conscience” by Emily Bazelon

Read Bazelon’s review here. Learn more about the book at sites such as Amazon.com or Powell’s: In this engrossing history of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, Nussbaum (Cultivating Humanity) makes a strong, thoroughgoing case for America as a … Continue reading

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Review of “Math Doesn’t Suck” by Jennifer Thurston

Here, at Women’s Enews. Here is an excerpt: … If you’re a female teen who dreads middle school math, you might just go to a bookstore and consider buying “Math Doesn’t Suck.” It’s that girly-girl math text by TV actress … Continue reading

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“Unapologetically Harriet, the Misfit Spy”

if you missed the story on Morning Edition, listen or read here.

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New Book: “Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law”

Remember the feminist analysis of marriage? I bet your students don’t! They have grown up believing that the only problem with marriage is that same-sex couples are denied it and that the only family law problem facing gay men and … Continue reading

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“The Origins of African-American Interests in International Law,” by Henry J. Richardson III

Book description (via the Legal History Blog): This book explores the birth of the African-American international tradition and, particularly, the roots of African Americans’ stake in international law. Richardson considers these origins as only formally arising about 1619, the date … Continue reading

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“What We Think: Gender Roles, Women’s Issues and Feminism in the 21st Century: An Anthology”

Coming to local bookstores in 2008! More at  this website. And there is a related blog!

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Conference on Constitutional Law and Abortion in Ireland

Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution of Ireland provides: The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far … Continue reading

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Sarah Boxer, “Blogs”

At the New York Review of Books, because it’s a book as well as blog review. Among other highlights, she quotes Twisty Faster on blow jobs!

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“Bella Abzug” by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom

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 … Continue reading

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“Feminist Waves, Feminist Generations: Life Stories from the Academy”

From the wonderful Historiann: If you are interested in reading more about how universities have changed in the past thirty years as women,  queer scholars, and  scholars  of color  have integrated (or infiltrated?) the faculty, see Feminist Waves, Feminist Generations: … Continue reading

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Marc Bousquet, “How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation”

From this site: As much as we think we know about the modern university, very little has been said about what it’s like to work there. Instead of the high-wage, high-profit world of knowledge work, most campus employees : including … Continue reading

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Pre-Order Mary Dudziak’s New Book!

HERE! And, see also.

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“Rescused From Historical Silence: Bringing Afrodescendant Women and Girls Back To Life”

In this post Sokari at Black Looks recommends two books: A Citizen’s Reflections on Race, Violence and Power by Cynthia Boaz Remembering Celia, 19 & enslaved: hanged Friday 21st, 1855

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Review of Diana Athill’s Somewhere Towards the End

Almost ninety years old, Diana Athill isn’t as well known as she should be.   Her musings are rather special and should interest feminists on this side of The Pond. From the (UK) Literary Review, this review of Diana Athill’s … Continue reading

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FLP Friend Eric Muller On TV Satuday Discussing “American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese Americans Disloyalty in World War II”

More information here and here.

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Katha Pollitt Book Offer

Great combination offer here from our mailbag.   Katha Pollitt is great, and so is the National Network of Abortion Funds.   Apparently, they’re running a promotion now that if you are a new donor to the latter you get … Continue reading

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Infanti on “Everyday Law for Gays and Lesbians”

Feminist Law Prof Anthony C. Infanti’s new book, Everyday Law For Gays and Lesbians has been published by Paradigm Publishers.   Here’s  Paradigm’s summary: Everyday Law for Gays and Lesbians and Those Who Care about Them accessibly explains the myriad … Continue reading

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Three Book Reviews You Should Check Out

Marilee Reimer, ed., Inside Corporate U: Women in the Academy Speak Out. Reviewed by Valerie Raoul. Emily Pohl-Weary, ed. Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks. Reviewed by Manuela Valle. Margaret A. Simons, ed. Simone de Beauvoir: Philosophical … Continue reading

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Jasmin Darznik,”Veiled Bestsellers”

In this review essay, Darznik reviews: Soft Weapons: Autobiography in Transit, By Gillian Whitlock, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2007, 216 pp., $20.00, paperback, and Let Me Tell You Where I Have Been: New Writing By Women of the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Books

I’m a total, pathological book collector (I can read too).   An engineer required that my house have steel posts installed in the basement for fear of a collapse.   So, rarely can forty-eight hours pass by without my stopping … Continue reading

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Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox, “It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office”

The Barnes & Noble synopsis: It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office serves as the first systematic, nationwide empirical account of the manner in which gender affects political ambition. Based on data from the Citizen Political Ambition … Continue reading

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Susan Faludi, “The Terror Dream”

Michiko Kautani’s review of this book in the NYT starts out: “This, sadly, is the sort of tendentious, self-important, sloppily reasoned book that gives feminism a bad name.” Dang, and I thought it was the humorlessness and comfortable shoes that … Continue reading

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Death of Peg Bracken, Author of “I Hate to Cook Book”

From her AP obituary (available here): Peg Bracken, author of the “I Hate to Cook Book,” which sold more than 3 million copies after it appeared in 1960, died Saturday. She was 89.* * * The book appeared was intended … Continue reading

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Ken Burns’ “The War – An Intimate History” Overlooks Women

Read Heart’s post here. Read Dr. Violet Socks’ post here. And while you are at it, read Are Women Human?, about which this reviewer notes: … A recurring theme of MacKinnon’s book is that it is extremely difficult to get … Continue reading

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“Attack of the 50ft Mikhaela”

Mikhaela Reid’s new book is reviewed here, at the f-word.

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Naomi Wolf on “The End of America …”

Naomi Wolf recently appeared on The Colbert Report to promote her new book, The End of America: A Letter of Warning to A Young Patriot. The book’s publisher asserts: In The End of America, Wolf gives voice to the cause … Continue reading

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Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, “Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection”

This book was published in 1999, but Aspazia at Mad Melancholic Feminista just posted an interesting review. There was a NYT review in January of 2000, and Salon.com published an interview with Hrdy about the book in December 1999. It … Continue reading

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Melissa Farley, “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections”

From this site: Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada addresses the scope of the sex industry in Nevada, including human rights violations against women in the Nevada legal brothels. The book describes how the multibillion-dollar illegal sex industry in Las Vegas … Continue reading

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Edwidge Danticat, “Brother, I’m Dying”

Writing in the NYT, Jess Row gave Danticat’s new book a great review. You can preview the first chapter of “Brother, I’m Dying” here. I look forward to reading the work, as I thought Danticat’s “Krik, Krak,” was brilliant. –Ann … Continue reading

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Five Books About Katrina

Reviewed in an essay called “The Full Force of Black Pain” by Vijay Prashad, at Colorlines.

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