Category Archives: Recommended Books
From the Department of WTF: Are Linda Hirshman and Caitlin Flanagan the Dominant Voices of Contemporary Gender Discourse?
Henry at Crooked Timber says so, and I fear he may be correct. Now, anyone who reads this blog may be aware that I strongly dislike both Hirshman and Flanagan. I was actually interviewed by Hirshman many years ago, and … Continue reading
From the NYU Press page: In the late 1970s, feminist scholars and activists joined together to build a movement aimed at bringing feminist theory and experiences to the practice and teaching of American law. Three decades later, the feminist jurisprudence … Continue reading
From the Amazon.com page: In this outstanding primer, the authors introduce the diverse strands of feminist legal theory and the array of substantive legal issues relevant to women’s and gender studies. The book centers on feminist legal theories:including equal treatment … Continue reading
Belle Lettre recommends this Salon book review: “The children they gave away.” It starts out as follows: Joyce is just one of more than a million and a half women who were sent to maternity homes to surrender their children … Continue reading
Winifred Breines, “The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement “
Here is a description from the Oxford University Press site: Inspired by the idealism of the civil rights movement, the women who launched the radical second wave of the feminist movement believed, as a bedrock principle, in universal sisterhood and … Continue reading
Here is an excerpt from this online Fitzhugh bio: In the late 1950s she and a friend, Sandra Scoppetone, began work on a beatnik parody of Kay Thompson’s Eloise, which was published in 1961 as Suzuki Beane. In 1964 she … Continue reading
The Amazon.com page is here. A review by Bitch, Ph.D. is here. The “Dykes To Watch Out For” site is here. Bechdel’s blog is here.
From the “How to Rent A Negro” page at the Powell’s Books site: A hilarious and satirical look at race relations that is almost too close for comfort, this pseudo-guidebook gives both renters and rentals “much-needed” advice and tips on … Continue reading
Liz at the very amusingly named blog, “Granny Gets a Vibrator,” has written a provocative post recommending a book called The Gift of Fear,” by Gavin de Becker. It doesn’t sound like my kind of book, but it didn’t initially … Continue reading
I haven’t read it yet, but the NYT article discussing it blew me away. Here’s an excerpt: This stunning book contains two narratives, one fictional and the other a fragmentary, factual account of how the fiction came into being. … Continue reading
Via Tax Prof Blog we learn that: “Texas A&M Press has just published Star Trek: Visions of Law and Justice (Robert H. Chaires & Bradley Chilton, eds.).” Among the constituent chapters are one called Where No Woman Has Gone Before: … Continue reading
Read an interview with Lani Guinier about her forthcoming book, “Meritocracy Inc.: How Wealth Became Merit, Class Became Race, and College Education Became a Gift from the Poor to the Rich,” which will be published in 2007. Here is an … Continue reading
From here, where there is a clearer version. Via Feministing. Update: You can buy a print of this cartoon here.
“Why I’m Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out on Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does the Dishes,” edited by Karen Propp and Jean Trounstine. From the Amazon.com page: “Whether they’re on their first marriage or their fourth, each of … Continue reading
Last July I organized a panel discussion called “Southern Fried Feminism,” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2005 Annual Meeting. My panelists included Deseriee Kennedy, who gave a feminist critique of “abstinence only” sex education as promulgated by the … Continue reading
Nancy McClernan at Heavens to Mergatroyd has nice things to say about Adapting Minds, Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature by David J. Buller, such as: “…what Buller lacks in user-friendly presentation he makes up for in … Continue reading
From the book’s webpage: …”In its sharp departure from standard Addams lore, The Education of Jane Addams challenges the received image of America’s premier pacifist and urban reformer. While urging respect for Addams’s autobiography in its delivery of emotional truths, … Continue reading
Edited by Andrea J. Buchanan and Amy Hudock. From the authors’ website: “For mothers who write or aspire to, who find meaning and humor in the demanding but wondrous daily experience of raising children, and who value the sharing of … Continue reading
Both here, by Grace at “Avast! Feminist Conspiracy!” The books she considers are Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker’s Rights at Wal-Mart, by Liza Featherstone, and Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists by Jean H. Baker (both links … Continue reading
An “Editorial Review” from Amazon.com: “The passion of the pro-life movement extends beyond abortion opposition to an overarching desire to end contraceptive use and to restrict sex to procreation only, argues Page, director of a national pro-choice organization. In contrast, … Continue reading
According to this site: “…the collection provides books and videos emphasizing current women’s issues of interest to undergraduates, including the students in Women’s Studies courses. The collection includes titles about women’s health concerns and topics such as abortion, women and … Continue reading
I spent most of today in the Philadelphia airport, trying to get back to Columbia, SC through the blizzard. I started the day at 6 am, where I learned that one can walk underground from Broad and Locust streets in … Continue reading
“[A]uthor Phyllis Horn Epstein interviewed over 100 women lawyers of all ages, backgrounds,and lifestyle in a wide variety of practice settings in the nation….Women-at-Law provides women with ideas and suggestions about how to deal with their professional and personal goals … Continue reading
Carrie Yang Costello:”Professional Identity Crisis: Race, Class, Gender, and Success at Professional Schools”
The Amazon.com summary: “The fact that women and people of color tend to underperform at professional schools is a source of controversy. Conservatives blame affirmative action, while liberals blame intentional discrimination. The extensive research reported in Professional Identity Crisis belies … Continue reading
Kate Michelman Has Written a Memoir: “With Liberty and Justice for All: A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose”
From the first chapter: …”This is a book about one woman’s choice–my choice–how I came to terms with it, how I came to believe reproductive rights were central to women’s and children’s well-being, and how we can continue to create … Continue reading
Edited by Nancy E. Dowd, Dorothy G. Singer, and Robin Fretwell Wilson; here is a summary from the Sage Publications webpage: Questions relating to violence and children surround us in the media: should V-chips be placed in every television set? … Continue reading
Edited by Martha M. Ertman and Joan C. Williams, here is a summary from the NYU Press webpage: What is the price of a limb? A child? Ethnicity? Love? In a world that is often ruled by buyers and sellers, … Continue reading
Book Recommendation: “The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility,” by Linda C. McClain.
Larry Solum recommended this book at his Legal Theory blog a couple of weeks ago and it looks great!