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 →

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 →

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 →

Books for International Days

Books mentioned for January International and US observances I know, I know, I said I was throwing out the schedule and I am. But also, have you ever looked at the list of International Days at the UN website? Click here to go the full list and check out all the days. For now, let's... Continue Reading →

Memoirs of 2019

Despite that I had a rather long hiatus toward the end of the year, there have been a lot of good memoirs this year. In case you missed any of them, here are the memoirs reviewed here in 2019: How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery Flat Broke... Continue Reading →

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell

The very idea of a story in terms of near death experiences is incredibly interesting. There is so much to it. What do you consider to be a near death experience? How do they impact our lives? What brought us to a place where we even had a near death experience? There are just so... Continue Reading →

From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

Not only is this an intriguing title for a memoir, but I love the idea of reading about the White House experience from a point of view that we rarely hear about. Even better was hearing about the experience from someone who didn't start out especially political. It's one thing to have a dream of... Continue Reading →

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