Some additional books for Women's History Month 2010
This small list features a selection of books that did not make it into the third floor's display case. The only reason they did not make it in was lack of space; in other words, I found a lot of good books. So I am taking a moment to highlight the books in this post. The books are listed by author's last name, and they are located in the library's third floor (General Collection) unless noted otherwise.
- Acosta, Teresa Palomo and Ruthe Winegarten, Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History. F395 .M5 A75 2003. "Tejanas have been community builders, political and religious leaders, founders of organizations, committed trade unionists, innovative educators, astute businesswomen, experienced professionals, and highly original artists. Giving their achievements the recognition they have long deserved, this groundbreaking book is at once a general history and a celebration of Tejanas' contributions to Texas over three centuries" (from the publisher description).
- Bragg, Rich, I am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story. DS79.76 .B73 2003. Readers may also be interested in Helen Benedict's The Lonely Soldier, which we featured in a previous post.
- Brown, Oral Lee with Caille Millner, The Promise: How One Woman Made Good on her Extraordinary Pact to Send a Classroom of First Graders to College. LA2317 .B714 A3 2005. Booklist describes this book as "An inspirational look at the determination of one woman to make a difference in her community and in the lives of disadvantaged children." If you like books like The Freedom Writers Diary and Three Cups of Tea (call number LC 2330 .M67 2006), you may like this one as well.
- Curry Constance, et.al., Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement. E185.98 .A1 D44 2000. Library Journal stated in its review that "in these absorbing essays, nine white women write about their experiences in the Freedom Movement of the 1960s and how it shaped their lives. They come from diverse backgrounds: Southern and Northern, poor and middle-class. Each discusses how her upbringing prepared her for participation in the movement, the exhilaration of fighting for justice during Freedom Summer at sit-ins or registration drives, her grief when whites were later expelled from the movement, and the lasting impact of the movement on her life."
- Flavin, Jeanne, Our Bodies, Our Crimes: the Policing of Women's Reproduction in America. HQ1236.5 .U6 F532 2009. CHOICE Reviews highly recommended this book. According to the review, "this book contributes to the literature on reproduction in three important ways: first, by broadly interpreting 'reproduction' to include not only the right to beget and bear a child (or not), but also reproductive health, protection from violence, and the parenting of one's children; second, by including within the category of "women" the experiences of women of color, minors, the poor, and the incarcerated; and third, by demonstrating how the regulation of women's reproduction threatens their very citizenship." Publishers Weekly stated that ". . . Flavin delivers eye-opening reports on topics including abortion rights, infant abandonment and battered women, detailing little-noticed or taken-for-granted policies that restrict and remand women."
- Frankel, Lois P., Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers. HQ1206 .F68 2004. This is a career advice book for women. Frankel's contention: "The things today's women learned as girls may be preventing them from becoming financially independent" (from publisher's description).
- Hudson, Kathleen. Women in Texas Music: Stories and Songs. ML82 .H83 2007. "To pay tribute to these dedicated musicians and to capture their unique perspectives on what it means to be a woman in the music business, Kathleen Hudson has spent many years interviewing Texas women musicians for the Texas Heritage Music Foundation. In Women in Texas Music, Hudson lets us listen in on conversations with thirty-nine musical artists, including Emily Robison, Terri Hendrix, Lee Ann Womack, Rosie Flores, Betty Buckley, Marcia Ball, Lavelle White, and Bobbie Nelson. Hudson encourages and allows the women to tell their own stories as she delves into their life journeys, creative processes, and the importance of writing and performing music, be it blues, rock, country, folk, jazz, or pop" (from the publisher's description).
- Lemke-Santangelo, Gretchen, Daughters of Aquarius: Women of the Sixties Counterculture. HQ799.7 .L45 2009. If you are interested in women's history and the America of the 1960s, you may want to consider this book. "Brings to life the passions and struggles and - yes - confusions of hippie women, moving beyond the stereotypes of hippie chick and earth mother to restore the women of the counterculture to their rightful place in the history of American feminism.... A much-needed book," says Beth Bailey, author of Sex in the Heartland.
- Washington-Williams, Essie Mae, Dear Senator: a Memoir by the daughter of Strom Thurmond. E748 .T58 W37 2005. "When she was sixteen, Washington-Williams discovered that the people who were raising her in Pennsylvania were not her parents but her aunt and uncle. She was born to a teenage black maid on the Thurmond plantation in South Carolina. Her father was the senator from that state who spent most of his long political career fighting against civil rights in order to save the South from what he called mongrelization. Now that he is finally dead, she can tell her story" (from BookNews.com)
- Yaszek, Lisa, Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women's Science Fiction. This is a scholarly work featuring case studies of writers such as Judith Merril, Carol Emshwiller, and Anne McCaffrey as well as lesser-known writers. CHOICE Reviews labeled it as highly recommended and stated that "this volume makes the case for the importance of women writers of science fiction in the 1940s-60s. And in so doing it challenges the popular perception that women were not very involved in the genre until the late 1960s."