Tag Archives: women’s history

A little bit of magic on the page: Magic City Gospel

This is a stunning prayer of a book. Jones writes:

Nothing good in life comes without stirring–

the promise of butter, the salty whirring

of pressure in a pot.

These poems stir the pot of history and memory to create word paintings of great beauty and power. Continue reading

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Britain Between the World Wars:  The Maisie Dobbs Books        

I met Maisie Dobbs in the stacks at Spartanburg County Public Library in 2003, and she’s been a treasured friend ever since.  Or at least, I’d like to think she’d be a friend if she were a real person and … Continue reading

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For your summer reading pleasure: three women from history you’ll want to get to know

It’s been some time since I posted on this site, and I have lots of catching up to do.  For now, I’ll make do with flash reviews of three fictional accounts about notable women from my spring reading. A common … Continue reading

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Sisters are Doing It For Themselves: Girl Waits With a Gun, by Amy Stewart

“Our troubles began in the summer of 1914, the year I turned thirty-five. The Archduke of Austria had just been assassinated, the Mexicans were revolting, and absolutely nothing was happening at our house, which explains why all three of us … Continue reading

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Love, Loss, and the Morality of “Just” Wars: The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah and A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson

I just spent a relaxing week in the cool air of the Pacific Northwest, but most of the time, my thoughts were on World War II Europe. I read a bagful of books on my vacation, and two have consumed … Continue reading

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Antebellum Women Finding Voice: The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

History was one of my favorite subjects in elementary school.  In a previous post, I wrote about working my way through the “Childhood Biographies of Famous Americans” series. After my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Janice Moore, read Caddie Woodlawn aloud … Continue reading

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The Burden of (Family) History: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

I don’t know whether booksellers and librarians would shelve Celeste Ng’s exquisitely crafted Everything I Never Told You with historical fiction, but I would. The novel paints a vivid picture of life among upwardly mobile middle class people of 1960s … Continue reading

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The Aviator’s Wife

As a child, I devoured a series of books called “Childhood of Famous Americans.” Although my memory may be faulty, I think they were tan books, and I remember just where a hundred or more of them were shelved in … Continue reading

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“Spinster” and the art of finding your own path

       This blog post marks the first time–well, maybe the second time–I’ve blogged about a non-fiction book, and what a book it is.  Kate Bolick’s memor/cultural study Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own has gotten plenty of … Continue reading

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Wild Times in the City by the Bay: Emma Donoghue’s Frog Music

My husband and I spent spring break exploring San Francisco, one of the loveliest and most fascinating cities in the U.S. So it was a serendipitous surprise when I found that one of the books I chose for vacation reading … Continue reading

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