This year we have 3 new Nobel Women! Our new Nobel Laureates are:
- Donna Strickland
- Frances Arnold
- Nadia Murad – Nobel Peace Prize – The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
Unfortunately, only one has a memoir or biography, which I just read and will post a review of on Monday. Her story is heartbreaking, as all the memoirs of Nobel Peace Prize winners have been so far in my reading. She has been through hell and back and is working hard to make sure her experience doesn’t happen to others. Here is a link to Nadia’s Initiative which goes into the status of Sinjar and her continuing efforts for justice.
I’ve been working for a few years on reading books by or about the Nobel Women and here are reviews of these I’ve read already:
- The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel
- Voices from Chernobyl by by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Keith Gessen
- The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
- Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak
- Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer
- Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition
- Pavilion of Women by Pearl Buck
- Memoir Monday: Malala Yousafzai
- This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
- Femme Friday: Leymah Gbowee
- Unbowed by Wangari Maathai
- Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran by Shirin Ebadi
- I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright
- Freedom From Fear and Other Writings by Aung San Suu Kyi, edited by Michael Aris
Not all people who have won a Nobel have books by or about them, but the Peace Prize winners do usually have a memoir and the Literature Prize winners have obviously published something. The science and economics winners are harder to come by but not impossible. There’s one in this list already and a few others that I’ve found books on, most notably Marie Curie has several biographies written about her.
Hopefully, we continue to have new Nobel Women every year. There is also the Nobel Women’s Initiative where former winners come together and support each other and new activists around the world. Check it out.