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Library Features Book Display for Women's History Month 2011

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring a book display in the third floor honoring Women's History Month. Find President Obama's proclamation for the month here. Visit your library and learn more about about women's history, accomplishments, and contributions. As a reminder, all books inside the display are available for check-out. If you see something you like, take it with you. All you need is to tell the nice folks at Circulation, and they will be happy to open the case for you. No need to worry; I have other books I can put in, and I like when people borrow our books. We also have a broad selection of e-books on women's topics. Feel free to ask us about those as well. We are featuring the following books in our display this month. Call numbers are included. All books are usually in the General Collection (third floor stacks) unless otherwise noted:
  • Abrams, Jeanne E., Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail: a History of the American West. HQ1172 .A27 2006. "This engaging work full of stories from the memoirs and records of Jewish pioneer women illuminates the pivotal role these women played in settling America's Western frontier" (from publisher description).
  • Adams, Katherine H. and Michael L. Keene, Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign. HQ1413 .P38 A23 2008. Sheri Brown, at H-Net online, writes in her review that "there is no need, therefore, to invent stories about Alice Paul and her actions in front of the White House in 1917; her controversial, charismatic, determined efforts to secure the right to vote for women, as Adams and Keene so imaginatively present, are much more fascinating than the fiction." And the Feminist Review blog calls it "a subtle call to action and against voter apathy. I suggest it as recommended reading for anyone interested in the democratic process, especially as it relates to women."
  • Allende, Isabel, The Stories of Eva Luna. PQ8098.1.L54 C8413 1991. From the great Chilean author, a collection of stories that "employs the techniques of Latin American magical realism to create a vivid world full of humor, passion, pathos, and color" (description from Library Journal). I have read some of Allende's work, so if you like a good tale with some element of magic to it, you will probably enjoy this collection.
  • Alvarez, Julia, Before We Were Free. A4735BE (note, this book is usually located in the CML in the Young Adult Fiction section). "In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo" (from publisher description). I have personally read this one, and I can say it is a book for young and adult alike.
  • Bechdel, Alison, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. PN6727.B3757 Z46 2006. "A powerful graphic novel-memoir, Fun Home documents Bechdel's childhood experiences and coming-of-age as a woman and lesbian. At its center lies her heartbreaking relationship with her distant father, which produces emotionally complex and poignant reflections and clean, bitonal images" (from Bookmarks Magazine).
  • Bronte, Charlotte, Jane Eyre: an Authoritative Text, Context, Criticism. PR4167 .J33 2001. "Written in 1847, this novel remains a favorite, especially among younger readers and listeners who continue to be entranced by the young Jane and her mysterious Mr. Rochester" (from Library Journal Review).
  • Christie, Agatha, The Mousetrap and Other Plays. PR6005.H66 A19 1981. This is a collection of eight murder mystery plays from the Grand Dame of mystery. The New York Times called them "the most skillfully written murder mysteries ever produced."
  • Darrow, Margaret H., French Women and the First World War: War Stories of the Home Front. D639.W7 D38 2000.According to the Times Literary Supplement, "Darrow succeeds in recapturing the lost female voices of the Great War. Her attempt to rescue them from oblivion is a helpful contribution to the history of collective memory and the French experience of war."
  • Dawson, Sarah Morgan, Sarah Morgan: the Civil War Diary of a Southern Woman. E605 .D28 1992. "Sarah Morgan herself emerges as one of the most memorable nineteenth-century women in fiction or nonfiction, a young woman of intelligence and fortitude, as well as of high spirits and passion, who questioned the society into which she was born and the meaning of the war for ordinary families like her own and for the divided nation as a whole" (from publisher description).
  • DuBois, Ellen Carol, Through Women's Eyes: an American History with Documents. HQ1410 .D83 2009.
  • Gilbert, Sandra, Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism. PR1110 .W6 F46 2007. "The anthology gathers meditations on literary creativity by women writers and scholars ranging from medieval and early modern to contemporary times" (from publisher description).
  • Hepburn, Stephanie, Women's Roles and Statuses the World Over. HQ1236 .H46 2006. This book presents "a comparative discussion of the roles and statuses of women in the US, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Syria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, India, Japan, and Australia. They report data related to such issues as the demographic characteristics of women, literacy and years of schooling, work force participation, inheritance, citizenship, public office, military service, and health care" (from publisher description).
  • Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God. PS3515.U789 T639 1990. "Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots" (from publisher description).
  • MacMillan, Margaret, Women of the Raj: the Mothers, Wives, and Daughters of the British Empire in India. DS428 .M28 2007. Library Journal describes this book as one that "traces the role of British women in India, whose primary purpose seems to have been to replicate Victorian society in the Raj. The book reveals how these women adjusted to the many hardships of living in an alien and often hostile environment."
  • Nicholson, Virginia, Singled Out: How Two Million British Women Survived Without Men after the First World War. D639 .W7 N73 2008. This book "pays homage to this remarkable generation of women who, changed by war, in turn would change society" (from publisher review).
  • Nin, Anais, The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume 1, 1931-1934. PS3527.I865 Z5. "This celebrated volume begins when Nin is about to publish her first book and ends when she leaves Paris for New York." (from publisher description).
  • Satrapi, Marjane, Persepolis. PN6747 .S245 P4713 2003. "Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman'sMaus,Persepolisis Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq" (from publisher description).
  • Satrapi, Marjean, Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return. PN6747 .S245 P4713. "As funny and poignant as its predecessor, Persepolis 2 is another clear-eyed and searing condemnation of the human cost of fundamentalism. In its depiction of the struggles of growing up here compounded by Marjane's status as an outsider both abroad and at home it is raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating" (from publisher description).
  • Salzman, Paul, ed., Early Modern Women's Writing: an Anthology, 1560-1700. PR1110.W6 E49 2000. "This anthology is a unique collection of rare women's writing written during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This collection introduces modern readers to the various examples of the work of women writers from these centuries and includes poems, prose and fiction, drama, letters, prophecies, tracts and philosophy" (from the publisher's description).
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus. PR5397 .F7 1994D. The classic novel.
  • Skloot, Rebecca, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. RC265.6 .L24 S55 2010. "This distinctive work skillfully puts a human face on the bioethical questions surrounding the HeLa cell line. Henrietta Lacks, an African American mother of five, was undergoing treatment for cancer at Johns Hopkins University in 1951 when tissue samples were removed without her knowledge or permission and used to create HeLa, the first "immortal" cell line" (from Library Journal). Publishers Weekly called it "a rich, resonant tale of modern science, the wonders it can perform and how easily it can exploit society's most vulnerable people."
  • Sneider, Allison L., Suffragists in an Imperial Age: U.S. Expansion and the Woman Question. JK1896 .S64 2008. "Beautifully researched and well written, this gem of a book offers a new, frame-shifting look at some of the connections that existed between a series of (seemingly separate) public debates in the US after the Civil War--voting rights for women and US expansionism, both in the West and abroad. Sneider's analysis shows how the history of the US women's movement in this period was inseparable from questions of citizenship, political capacity, political rights, nation building, and what the author calls 'national belonging'" (from CHOICE review).
  • Stephenson, Jill, Women in Nazi Germany. HQ1623 .S73 2001. "From images of jubilant mothers offering the Nazi salute, to Eva Braun and Magda Goebbels, women in Hitler's Germany and their role as supporters and guarantors of the Third Reich continue to exert a particular fascination. This account moves away from the stereotypes to provide a more complete picture of how they experienced Nazism in peacetime and at war and offers a penetrating account of what life was really like for women living under the Third Reich" (from publisher description).
  • Wollstonecraft, Mary, A Vindication of the Rights of Women. HQ1596 .W6 1988. This is a nice critical edition of the classic work with scholarly commentary, notes, and list for further reading. This is a core text for women's rights.
  • Woolf, Virginia, Orlando: a Biography. PR6045 .O72 O7 2006. "Begun as a 'joke,' Orlando is Virginia Woolf's fantastical biography of a poet who first appears as a sixteen-year-old boy at the court of Elizabeth I, and is left at the novel's end a married woman in the year 1928. Part love letter to Vita Sackville-West, part exploration of the art of biography, Orlando is one of Woolf's most popular and entertaining works."
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