The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

Review: I've had The Last Girl on my TBR ever since Scribd started advertising it a while back but the subject matter was a little much for me at the time. I know these things happen and there are all kinds of terrible things happening to women all over the world and it can all seem... Continue Reading →

New Nobel Women

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.... Continue Reading →

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

I originally posted this for WIT Month a few months ago but wanted to repost today. Unfortunately, this is my only memoir by an indigenous author. I do plan to read "Strong Medicine" Speaks, which is a narrative that has been in my TBR for far too long. I also need to find some more... Continue Reading →

Memoir Monday: Nobel Women TBR

As mentioned last week, I still have quite a few books from Nobel Women to read and at least two are memoirs. Here they are: Born in a rural village in 1940, Wangari Maathai was already an iconoclast as a child, determined to get an education even though most girls were uneducated. We see her... Continue Reading →

Memoir Monday: Nobel Women Read

Today begins announcements for the 2017 Nobel Prizes! Last year, I decided to read at least one book by every woman who had been awarded the Nobel Prize. I had initially wanted to do it in a year but that reading schedule proved a little too daunting. Instead, I've sprinkled them in with other challenges.... Continue Reading →

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

Review:  I, Rigoberta Menchu is listed as a "testimonial biography", biography, and a memoir. Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, who wrote it down for her, calls it a narrative. Menchu narrated her story for Burgos and it is written in the first person. I had read another narrative by an activist when I was writing my old blog, it... Continue Reading →

This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Review: President Sirleaf is one of the Nobel Prize winning women that I challenged myself to read last October. I had first heard her name in the memoir of one of her co-winners, Leymah Gbowee, that I had reviewed here for the blog I had before this one. Because of that, I was a little... Continue Reading →

Map: Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska, translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

Review: This is one of my Reading Nobel Women books, a complete collection of Wislawa Szymborska's work, and it was amazing. A new collected volume from the Nobel Prize–winning poet that includes, for the first time in English, all of the poems from her last Polish collection One of Europe’s greatest recent poets is also... Continue Reading →

Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer

Review: My first book finished for the year is for my personal Reading Nobel Women challenge. This was my choice for Nadine Gordimer who is a recipient for Literature, so I read one of her novels. This is the moving story of the unforgettable Rosa Burger, a young woman from South Africa cast in the... Continue Reading →

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Review: First let me say that I cheated a bit and listened to this 27 hour audiobook and that part was a mistake. It made the divisions in the story more difficult to understand and I ended up going back and getting the ebook to make sense of it afterword. The book hit me much... Continue Reading →

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