Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

I've had this book on my TBR for longer than I can remember but no time ever felt like the right time until Read Harder 2020 put a doorstopper on the task list. I tried out some other books but couldn't quite get into them. Truth be told, it was a weird time for me... Continue Reading →

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls is the one of those chilling true stories that have the power to haunt us in more ways than one. Personally, I never feel terribly certain that I'm safe when it comes to occupational health and safety. I don't know if it's growing up around too many stories of people not getting... Continue Reading →

March International Days

This is by far the biggest month of International Days according to the UN. Unfortunately, I don't actually have books for all of them. Nevertheless, let's check them out. 1 March Zero Discrimination Day  [UNAIDS] Here are my Top Ten books about discrimination: I Am Malala - discrimination against girls in gaining their educationDevotion and... Continue Reading →

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen

I'm one of those people that will sit and talk anyone's ear off about food, especially my favorite restaurants over the years. I love the idea of food as a way to move through the story of one's life, and a way to move through the story of a country. I love the play on... Continue Reading →

Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans

As with When Women Ruled the World, I love it when books bring to light the unsung women who were always there, making history right alongside men. Too many stories leave us out, forgetting our contributions or demoting their importance to the overall goal. We may never know all the women that history has forgotten... Continue Reading →

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney

I love books like this, books that remind us of the powerful women who came before us, successful or not, and broke down glass ceilings before the term was ever invented. They remind us that the problems we face today with women and power aren't new or nearly as nuanced as people want to believe.... Continue Reading →

February Observances and Holidays

Continuing with the thought process in January that these observances and holidays are around for a reason and there is a lot of good information about them, here are the February dates! Click here to go the full list. 4 February World Cancer Day¬†[WHO] While most of us know the word cancer, there's also quite... Continue Reading →

Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride

I love this title too. It's the "different". We can't always guarantee that the work we do and the strides we make will end up making things better, but your struggle will be different from mine and maybe we'll end up in a place where our identities don't heap specific struggles on us. I like... Continue Reading →

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer

I had heard of Irena Sendler and her amazing work prior to picking up this book, but somewhere in the middle I realized that it was still only because of the events in this book that I had heard of her at all. Prior to Life in a Jar, which started out as a high... Continue Reading →

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