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15 02, 2017

Review: Born Survivors by Wendy Holden

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: Biographies, Historical, Nonfiction, Women's Studies|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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born survivors book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

The moment of one’s birth should be a special time remembered with an element of fanfare that celebrates the arrival of a new life with all its possibilities. But not every child arrives with a swell of baby showers, hand knit blankets and birth announcements. Some arrive quite humbly in the starkest of circumstances and begin their lives as overcomers. In her book, Born Survivors, Wendy Holden shares the stories of three young women who gave birth to their babies in the direst of times.

By 1944, World War II was nearing its end by all accounts. But the end was still a year away, plenty of time for more human suffering.

1 02, 2016

Author Interview & Giveaway: The Las Vegas Madam by Jami Rodman

By | February 1st, 2016|Categories: Biographies, Giveaways, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Women's Studies|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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jami rodman headshotPlease welcome Jami Rodman, author of the new book, The Las Vegas Madam: The Escorts, The Clients, The Truth!

Enter the giveaway below – open to US residents

An interview with Jami Rodman

How did you get involved in escorting? To my friends and I, escorting was more logical, and often safer, than the dating scene. We were young and living in a city where one night stands were the norm following a long night of clubbing. Online dating, like Match.com, or otherwise nicknamed Snatch.com, didn’t fare any better. Peeping Toms and stalkers came from both routes. Beautiful people selling sex was seemingly everywhere, on billboards, in magazines, ads for nightclubs and restaurants, and the more provocative one was, the better she did financially. So when the tipping point presented itself – I was cocktail waitressing and dancing at

4 12, 2015

Review: In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

By | December 4th, 2015|Categories: Gift Ideas, Memoirs, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Women's Studies|Tags: , |3 Comments

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in order to live book coverReviewed by Neriza Billi

Yeonmi was born in Hyesan, a city in North Korea, next to the border with China. Together with her parents and older sister, they tried every possible way to survive in the ‘Hermit Kingdom’. When she reached 13, their situation went from bad to desperate. Her sister decided to escape to China to have a better life. After some time, Yeonmi and her mother did the same, not knowing that women were being sold as brides on the other side of the border. Once in China, Yeonmi and her mother had to again fight for survival; this time, they were fighting against groups who drugged women and passed them around to other men. Both realizing they were still in hell, they chose to cross the freezing Gobi desert to reach Mongolia, towards freedom in South Korea.

Yeonmi

26 02, 2015

Blog Tour: The Way of Tea and Justice by Becca Stevens

By | February 26th, 2015|Categories: Agricultural Sciences, Human Rights, Law, Nonfiction, Science & Math, Women's Studies|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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tea and justice book coverPlease welcome author Becca Stevens who is touring the blogosphere with her new book, The Way of Tea and Justice!

Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Through the course of human history, we find a weaving together of events and culture, including people and food, in all manner of combinations. In her book, The Way of Tea and Justice, Becca Stevens paints a picture of the role tea has played as a companion to significant events through the ages, as well as a catalyst for change today. Anyone who loves tea will likely enjoy this book. Her writing is soothing and almost poetic in the way she tells a story painted through the lense of a teacup.

As the founder of Thistle Farms and Thistle Stop Cafe, Stevens has been actively involved in helping women caught as victims and participants

18 11, 2014

Review: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott

By | November 18th, 2014|Categories: Biographies, Historical, Nonfiction, Women's Studies|Tags: , , , , , , |6 Comments

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liar temptress soldier spy book cover 201410-omag-read-7-949x1356Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Unlike a traditional war novel, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott seeks to uncover the important although unusual role of women during the Civil War. It tells the four unique stories of women who chose to serve their respective sides of the war as spies.

On the Union front, we meet Emma Edmondson and Elizabeth Van Lew. For the Confederacy, Belle Boyd and Rose O’ Neal work to advance their efforts and undermine the Union. The methods each of these women employed to advance her cause took advantage of each ones unique feminine abilities. Whether posing as a man and fighting in the ranks, using feminine “charms”, simple social connections or the help of a child, each

21 08, 2014

Review: The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match by Sonya Rhodes

By | August 21st, 2014|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Love & Romance, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Women's Studies|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Are you alpha or beta? Figure it out here.

Everyone knows the definition of an Alpha male, but an Alpha woman has been misidentified as the B-word—or at least sorely misunderstood—for decades. This elusive Alpha woman is actually competent, confident, careful, career-oriented, calculating, cool and collected… up until she gets with a man. Then, she shrinks back to her base comfort level, which may put her at a disadvantage emotionally, sexually, and otherwise in a relationship with the opposite sex.

The new Alpha woman is able to shine even in her relationships. The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match guides Alphas and Alphas-to-be in how to love themselves, identify strengths, and date and marry well. Author Sonya Rhodes also gives them advice on how to survive a divorce (if it comes to that) and more. She gives real-life-story examples of Alpha

6 11, 2013

Review: Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell Jr.

By | November 6th, 2013|Categories: Biographies, Historical, Nonfiction, Women's Studies|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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MaReviewed by Colleen Turner

A few years ago I remember reading an article about a rich old woman whose family suspected the people surrounding her – her medical staff, lawyers, etc. – were keeping her removed from the outside world and working to get her to give them all of her money. While I don’t remember much else about the article I do remember thinking, “How is that even possible?”, and feeling horrible for this used elderly woman and her family. Then I started reading Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune and realized that Huguette was the woman from the article and that there was a lot more to her story than I could ever have imagined. As the authors put it, her story is a fairy tale in reverse, a woman

16 09, 2013

Review: Trafficked by Sophie Hayes

By | September 16th, 2013|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Women's Studies|Tags: , |1 Comment

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TraffickedReviewed by Jenna Arthur

Imagine the only person you feel you can trust betrays you in the most personal, inhumane way. Imagine falling in love only to have that person degrade you and trade you as payment for past dues.

This is the case with Sophie, a young British salesgirl thrown into the world of human trafficking before even reaching her 20th birthday. Sophie is a naive girl, who easily fell for a stranger. He was kind, he was complimentary, he was there for her when no one else understood. At what Sophie thought was the lowest point in her young life, she turned to a friend she thought she could trust. He convinced her to come to him in Italy, where he forced her into a life of prostitution, all the while threatening the life of her siblings, family, and friends. With

12 03, 2013

Review: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

By | March 12th, 2013|Categories: Memoirs, Nonfiction, Social Sciences, Women's Studies|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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9780062270047_p0_v2_s260x420Reviewed by Sophia Chiu

Shadows of the Workhouse is a poignant continuation of the Call the Midwife trilogy by Jennifer Worth based on her experiences training as a midwife in London’s East End during the 1950s. Recently adopted as a popular British television series shown on PBS in the United States, this second volume is devoted to more in-depth story telling.

Whereas Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times (originally published as simply The Midwife) was mostly a montage depicting her acclimation to the life in the East End among the midwife-nuns based in Nonnatus House, this second volume is structured as three parts. Part I: Workhouse Children focuses on three characters who grew up in the workhouse, an early welfare-state attempt to take care of the destitute that morphed into a dreaded Dickensian institution. After an interlude devoted

12 01, 2013

Review: Airbrushed Nation by Jennifer Nelson

By | January 12th, 2013|Categories: Education, Nonfiction, Reference, Social Sciences, Women's Studies|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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Airbrushed-NationReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Most people have definite ideas about fashion. Men and women can tell you what it takes for a woman to be considered beautiful, how men and women are permitted by the public eye to age at different rates, and what we should, must or want to do to live up to the ideals when it comes to aging. Can we change how we are perceived as women as nature takes its course and wrinkles begin to appear? For example, if a woman makes a personal choice to forego dying her hair and remain truly and beautifully naturally grey, isn’t that her choice and her prerogative to define her own beauty ideal?

Who isn’t airbrushed or Photoshoped these days? The magazines dub it as “art” when a cover ready top model or popular celebrity is brushed to perfection. Airbrushed Nation reviews the media culprits who airbrush their photos