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National Poetry Month 2010: Library Features Book Display

We continue our celebration of National Poetry Month in April. As part of the celebration, the library is featuring two book displays of poetry selections. Our main display is on the third floor. We have a small display highlighting the words of Billy Collins,  who is the 2001 U.S. Poet Laureate. As always, any book inside the display cases is available for checkout. Just stop at the Circulation Desk and request the book you desire. Additionally, if you return to check our display upstairs, we are featuring a different poem as a highlight feature every week. Come and see which poem we choose each week during the month of April. Here is the list of books we are featuring in our displays.All books are usually in the General Collection (3rd Floor Stacks) unless otherwise noted.
  • Beaumont, Jeanne Marie and Claudia Carlson, eds., The Poet's Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales. PS595.F32 P64 2003.
  • Cherry Blossoms (Japanese Haiku Series III). PL768.H3 C48.
  • Cisneros, Sandra, Loose Woman: Poems. PS3553.I78 L56 1995.
  • Falkoff, Marc, ed.,  Poems from Guannamo: The Detainees Speak. PJ7694 .E3 P56 2007.
  • Goldstein, David, translator, The Jewish Poets of Spain, 900-1250. PJ5059.E3 G6 1971.
  • McCrady, Anne (Award winning East Texas Poet), Along Greathouse Road. PS3613.C3834 A46 2004,
  • McRae, Wallace, Cowboy Curmudgeon and Other Poems. PS3563.A3296 A6 1992.
  • Miyazawa, Kenji, Strong in the Rain: Selected Poems.
  • Neruda, Pablo, Selected Poems. PQ8097.N4 A28 1990.
  • Piercy, Marge, The Art of Blessing the Day: Poems with a Jewish Theme. PS3566.I4 A89 2000.
  • Rattan, Cleatus (2004 Texas Poet Laureate), The Border. PS3618 .A88 B67 2002.
  • - - -, Take Your Time Coming Home. PS3618 .A88 T35 2005.
  • Rivera, Tomás, The Searchers: Collected Poetry. PQ7079.2 .R5 A6 1990.
  • Swenson, May, Nature: Poems Old and New. PS3537.W4786 N3 2000.
  • Thomas, Larry D. (2008 Texas Poet Laureate), Where Skulls Speak Wind. PS3620 .H63 W48 2004. This book was awarded the 2004 Texas Review Poetry Prize.
  • - - -, The Woodlanders. PS3620 .H63 W66 2002.
  • Thomas, Lorenzo, Chances are Few. PS3570.H568 C5 2003.
  • - - -, Dancing on Main Street: Poems. PS3570 .H568 D36 2004.
  • Walker, Alice, Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems. PS3573 .A425 A64 2004.
  • Whitman, Walt, The Complete Poems. PS3201 1975B.
In addition to the selections above, we are also featuring some poetry selections in Spanish. The titles are:
  • Alonso, Dámaso, Antología Poética. PQ6601.L53 A82.
  • Aleixandre, Vicente, Lo Mejor de Vicente Aleixandre : Antología Total. PQ6601.L26 A6 1989.
  • Darío, Rubén, Los Cien Mejores Poemas de Rubén Darío. PQ7519.D21 A17 1975.
  • Jiménez, José Olivio, Antología de la Poesía Hispanoamericana Contemporánea : 1914-1987. PQ7084 .J47 1999.
  • Martí, José, Ismaelillo ; Versos Libres ; Versos Sencillos. PQ7389.M2 I8 1996X. 
  • Neruda, Pablo, Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada. PQ8097.N4 V4 1994.
And last, but not least, these are the books  featured in the Billy Collins spotlight display:
  • Picnic, Lightning. PS3553.O47478 P52 1998.
  • Poetry 180 (edited anthology). PS615 .P6245 2003.
  • Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems. PS3553.O47478 S25 2002.

Opening Reception for National Library Week 2010

National Library Week 2010 Promo

Author Neil Gaiman is the Honorary Chair for National Library Week 2010

April 11-17 is National Library Week. Libraries across the United States celebrate the contributions of libraries and library workers in all types of libraries. To launch the celebration, the library is inviting the community to a reception. The details are as follows: Date: Monday, April 12 (today) Time: 1:00pm Place: The Muntz Library Gardens (L-202 if inclement weather). What: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Peter Fos and Library Director Jeanne Pyle will read the campus resolution proclaiming National Library Week on campus. There will be free refreshments as well, and this is a nice chance to get together, enjoy the warm weather, and thank your library workers (librarians, staff, the student workers) who make it all happen @ your library.
Published by root on 12 Apr

Join Us for the 8th Annual Student Poetry Awards

Karla Morton, 2010 Poet Laureate

Karla Morton of Denton, TX. 2010 Texas Poet Laureate. She has been described as "one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry."

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library, in cooperation with the Poetry of Society of Texas, would like to invite you to share in an evening of entertainment and recognition. The 8th Annual University of Texas at Tyler Student Poetry Awards are part of the festivities for National Poetry Month. This year, we are pleased to announce that the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, Ms. Karla Morton of Denton, TX, will be our featured speaker for the evening. Ms. Morton will share selections from her diverse poetry as well as insights into the craft of poetry. Ms. Morton will also help present the awards to the winners of the 2010 Student Poetry Contest. Ms. Morton is the first woman selected as Texas Poet Laureate in more than 15 years. She is a poet and storyteller known for her generosity to students and her passion for making poetry more accessible. The details of the event are as follows: Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Time: Event starts at 7:00p. There will be a reception with the poet from 6:30p to 7:00p. Place: Braithwaite Recital Hall. All the events are free and open to the public. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the UT Tyler Friends of the Arts.
Published by root on 05 Apr

Special Hours for Easter Weekend 2010

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library has the following special hours for the Easter Holiday:
  • Friday, April 2, 2010: We close at 12:00pm (NOON).
  • Saturday, April 3, 2010: We are open regular hours. 9am-6pm.
  • Sunday, April 4, 2010: CLOSED.
Published by root on 02 Apr

Census 2010: Learn More and Be a Part of History

2010 Census LogoReaders may have seen the advertisements on television or maybe seen a poster on campus about the Census. I am writing this post to provide some information and help our readers learn more. The census is basically a count of everyone residing in the United States at the time of the census. All U.S. residents are counted; the Census Bureau does not ask about residency status. For starters, the U.S. Constitution established the census. In Article 1, Section 2, the Constitution includes the phrase: "[An] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct." The first national census was done in 1790. The main law that controls the census is Title 13 of the U.S. Code. This law states how often and when the census is to be done--every ten years on April 1st. The Census Bureau is currently sending out the census forms. If you do not return it, a census taker may visit you. According to the Census Bureau website, the census workers "must follow-up in person with every address that doesn't mail back the form in order to obtain the responses." Participation in the census is required by law (Section 221, of Title 13 of the U.S. Code). However, the Census Bureau very rarely enforces the law in this regard. According to the bureau, "rather than rely on criminal charges, the Census Bureau is very successful in getting participation by explaining the importance of the questions we ask and how the information benefits our communities." Want to learn more? Here are some links of interest:
  • The official U.S. Census Bureau website for Census 2010. You can see the form that is coming in the mail with a short explanation of why the bureau asks each question. You can also learn how the agency protects your confidentiality, what census takers do, what the agency does with the information collected, and other items of interest. You can even get a link to the U.S. Census Bureau's Director's blog. You can even see participation rates in an interactive map. See how your area did in responding during the 2000 census and go back to see how your area does this year.
  • One of the challenges the Census Bureau faces is counting college students. This article by Mary Beth Marklein from USA Today looks at the issue and explains why it is important for college students to be counted. For students, this means you are counted where you live. In other words, if you live most of the year on campus, you are counted on campus. You can learn more in this fact sheet from the Census Bureau for college students (PDF).
  • Another source of analysis about the role of the census comes from the Brookings Institution, which conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development This think tank has a couple of articles that may be of interest. You can read "Five Myths About the 2010 Census and the U.S. Population" and "Counting for Dollars: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Distribution of Federal Funds."
  • Another source where you can get some quick answers to questions about the census is FactCheck. This site, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, is a good source to get answers to common questions and to clarify myths and misconceptions. They have a section addressing various questions about the census here.
Published by root on 24 Mar

Seeking Student Poets: Submit Your Poems to Our Annual Student Poetry Contest

We want to invite all currently enrolled UT Tyler students to submit their original  poems to our Student Poetry Contest. This event is part of the library's celebration of National Poetry Month during the month of April. The Academy of American Poets started the event in 1996, and since then, libraries, bookstores, schools, and other institutions join in to enjoy and celebrate poetry. The contest runs from today, Monday March 22, 2010 until Friday, April 2, 2010. Here are the rules for the contest:
  • You need to be a currently enrolled UT Tyler student.
  • Poems must be original, unpublished works.
  • Poems must be written in English.
  • Poems must be 60 lines or less.
  • There is a limit of two poems per author. The limit is still 60 lines total (i.e. you could have a longer poem, or two shorter ones).
  • Your name, telephone number, email address, and poem title are required. Please note that if your contact information is incorrect, your entry will be invalid.
  • No entry fee is required. Yes, it’s free to enter.
  • Copyright remains with the author. Entries will not be returned.
  • Deadline: Submissions must be in no later than noon (12:00p) on Friday, April 2, 2010.
  • Poems will be judged by a panel of two English Department faculty members, two librarians, and one award-winning poet from the Poetry Society of Texas.
  • Awards will be presented at a program in Braithwaite Auditorium on Tuesday, April 13th.
So, break out the pens and pads, or get on your keyboard and get inspired. You can submit your poems to Angel Rivera, Outreach Librarian, via e-mail at arivera AT uttyler DOT edu (replace the AT and DOT for the appropriate symbols). E-mail is preferred, but you can also bring your submission in person to the library’s reference desk.

Let the Sun Shine In: Promote Open Government During Sunshine Week 2010

Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know LogoThis week, March 14-20, is Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is "a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know" (from the website). This nonpartisan effort is basically about your right to know what your government does and to be informed. Being informed about what the government does at the local, state, and federal levels is a way to hold the government accountable for its actions. The initiative  is lead by the American Society of News Editors. You may be thinking about the government collecting information with the upcoming U.S. Census. We will be writing about the census in an upcoming post. However, you have a right to learn about what information the government collects and what it is used for. For the Census, you can already find a lot of that information on their website (http://www.census.gov/). However, not all government agencies make it as easy to find information about their activities. The main law that deals with the people's right to learn about the activities of the government is the Freedom of Information Act:
"The U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law ensuring public access to U.S. government records. FOIA carries a presumption of disclosure; the burden is on the government - not the public - to substantiate why information may not be released. Upon written request, agencies of the United States government are required to disclose those records, unless they can be lawfully withheld from disclosure under one of nine specific exemptions in the FOIA. This right of access is ultimately enforceable in federal court" (from the National Security Archive at George Washington University).
In addition, states and municipalities usually have some form of sunshine or open records laws. In essence, the government works for the people. Thus, they should make its records open to citizens for inspection. Yes, there are some exceptions, such as issues of national security (you can read about exemptions in the link above about the FOIA), but overall, the government should aim to be as open as possible. It's how a democracy works. So, where can you learn more?
  • Start with the website for Sunshine Week. You can find news items that discuss freedom of information and government disclosure, resources, and ideas for participating.
  • The Sunlight Foundation is a Washington D.C.-based think tank that works to make government more transparent and accountable. If you wish to follow their activities and learn more, they do have a blog; you could add it to a feed reader. By the way, if you use Facebook, the Sunlight Foundation has its own FB page; you might want to become a fan.
  • The American Society of News Editors leads the effort for Sunshine Week. They are also a good resource for open access issues.
  • The Society of Professional Journalists also has some information on Sunshine week here.
  • The National Security Archive, which is "an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States" (from the website).
  • In Texas, you may be interested in the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. They offer tips and advice as well as various educational programs.
  • Norm Eisen, President Obama's Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, issued a statement for Sunshine Week. You can find it at the White House blog here. The statement includes various links to memos and initiatives the Obama Administration has taken in terms of government transparency.
  • President Obama also issued a brief statement on Sunshine Week, which you can read here.
  • The Free Government Information blog has a post about Sunshine Week that includes some examples of what libraries are doing to promote the event and help educate their patrons.  The blog is maintained by a group of librarians "to raise public awareness of the importance of government information and create a community with various stakeholders to facilitate an open and critical dialogue" (from the blog's  About page).
  • The Electronic Privacy Foundation Center (EPIC) has put together a "Freedom of Information Act Gallery 2010." EPIC "is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values" (from their website). The gallery highlights some of the documents they have obtained through the year using tools like the FOIA.
  • You may also be interested in the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). David Sobel, their Senior Counsel at EFF's Washington, DC office, issued a statement about Sunshine Week providing some analysis. In addition to working to protect your privacy rights online, the EFF has an FOIA project. This includes a database of documents they have obtained with FOIA requests that you can search. "These [documents] shed light on controversial government surveillance programs, lobbying practices, and intellectual property initiatives. You can use the EFF FOIA Search Engine below to search and examine the documents' contents."
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at the Muntz Library. You can find our contact information in our website at http://library.uttyler.edu. And I leave the readers with an editorial cartoon: (Credit for the image: Deb Milbrath, Freelance. This and other images were provided by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists for use during Sunshine Week 2010, March 14-20. Obtained via the Sunshine Week website and used with permission).

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."

Small book display on Women and Islam , part of Women's History Month 2010

When putting together the book display for Women's History Month, which can now be viewed in the library's third floor, I came across a few books on topics about women in the Arab world and women and Islam. I decided to create a second smaller display to promote these books. This display is located in the second floor, in one of the flat cases next to the computer lab. Like our other book displays, the books in the case are available for check out. Just ask the friendly folks at the Circulation Desk to open the case for you. The following books are featured. They are listed by author's last name, and they are usually located in the library's General Collection (third floor stacks) unless otherwise noted.
  • Ahmed, Leila, Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate. HQ1784 .A67 1992.
  • Badran Margot and Miriam Cooke, eds., Opening the Gates: an Anthology of Arab Feminist Writing. HQ1784 .O64 2004.
  • Bhutto, Benazir, Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West. DS389.22 .B48 A3 2008. (This one is part of the Bestseller Collection, 2nd floor reading room).
  • Fakir, Fadia, In the House of Silence: Autobiographical Essays by Arab Women Writers. PJ7525.2 .I53 1998.
  • Jamarkani, Amira, Imagining Arab Womanhood: the Cultural Mythology of Veils, Harems, and Belly Dancers in the U.S. HQ1784 .J37 2008.
  • Karim, Jamillah, American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender Within the Ummah. E184 .M88 K37 2009.
  • Skaine, Rosemarie, Women of Afghanistan in the post-Taliban Era: How Lives Have Changed and Where They Stand Today. HQ1735.6 .S385 2008.

Muntz Library Features Book Display for Women's History Month 2010

March is National Women’s History Month. In addition, March 8 is International Women's Day. To honor the achievements and contributions of women, the Robert R. Muntz Library is pleased to present a book and artifacts display in the library's third floor. The display can be viewed on the third floor of the library during library regular hours. It is free and open to the public. We have placed the following books in the display case. The books are listed by author's last name, and they are usually located in the third floor general collection stacks unless otherwise noted. All books in the display case are available for checkout. You can just visit the Circulation Desk on the second floor, and a member of the Circulation staff will be happy to open the display case for you to take the book.
  • Achterberg, Jeanne, Woman as Healer. R692 .A24 1991. "This groundbreaking work examines the role of women in the Western healing traditions. Drawing on the disciplines of history, anthropology, botany, archaeology, and the behavioral sciences, Jeanne Achterberg discusses the ancient cultures in which women worked as independent and honored healers; the persecution of women healers in the witch hunts of the Middle Ages; the development of midwifery and nursing as women's professions in the nineteenth century; and the current role of women and the state of the healing arts, as a time of crisis in the health-care professions coincides with the reemergence of feminine values" (from publisher description).
  • Adams, Katherine H. and Michael L. Keen, Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign. HQ1413 .P38 A23 2008. This is "a biography of Alice Paul (1885-1977), an American feminist whose important contributions to the women's suffrage movement are generally overlooked in historical accounts" (from publisher description).
  • Benedict, Helen, The Lonely Soldier: the Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. DS 79.76 .B445 2009 (this one is part of the Bestseller Collection, 2nd floor reading room). "In Iraq more women soldiers have been in harm's way than ever before, making a mockery of the official policy barring women from combat. These women face special challenges, such as isolation, sexual predation, misogyny, to say nothing of firefights, Improvised Explosive Devices, and post-traumatic stress disorder" (from Library Journal review).
  • Bravo, Ellen, Taking on the Big Boys, or Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business, and the Nation. HQ1190 .B75 2007. "The feisty humor of Molly Ivins and the journalistic flair of Barbara Ehrenreich meet when longtime labor activist Ellen Bravo relates stories from business and government and women’s testimonies from offices, assembly lines, hospitals, and schools" (from the publisher's description). Jane Fonda praises the book when she says, "“Please, please, please. All working women must read this book! Ellen Bravo not only vividly exposes workplace inequities, she gives real-life solutions, picking up where my film 9 to 5 left off.”
  • Cohen, Marilyn, No Girls in the Clubhouse: the Exclusion of Women from Baseball. GV880.7 .C64 2009. ". . . Cohen's discussion of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League [is] particularly intriguing. This interesting book provides a solid historical and cultural treatment of women and baseball over the years and reveals that, despite barriers, women have found a way to share in the love of this sport and to be counted" (From CHOICE Reviews).
  • Ehrenreich, Barbara, For Her Own Good: 150 Years of the Experts' Advice to Women. HQ1426 .E38 1979. "A provocative new perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other" (from publisher description). This is a classic from the author of Nickel and Dimed.
  • Faderman, Lillian, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America. "Lillian Faderman tells the compelling story of lesbian life in the 20th century, from the early 1900s to today's diverse lifestyles. Using journals, unpublished manuscripts, songs, news accounts, novels, medical literature, and numerous interviews, she relates an often surprising narrative of lesbian life" (from the publisher's description). In addition, The San Francisco Examiner called it "a key work...the point of reference from which all subsequent studies of 20th-century lesbian life in the United States will begin."
  • Faderman, Lillian, Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present. HQ75.5 .F33 1994. "Hailed as "one of the most significant contributions yet made to feminist literature" by The New York Review of Books and praised by Michel Foucault as being "remarkable for its rediscovering of texts and also for its study of feelings that we no longer find in society," this feminist classic is a fascinating history of women's romantic friendships over the centuries" (from the publisher's description).
  • Faludi, Susan. Backlash: the Undeclared War Against American Women. Publishers Weekly said of this book, "This eloquent, brilliantly argued book should be read by everyone concerned about gender equality." Faludi won the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Fiction in 1991 for this book.
  • Floyd, Nancy, She's Got a Gun. HQ1418 .F56 2008. "In 1991 Nancy Floyd bought her first handgun. Soon she was participating in Ladies Day at her local shooting range and reading Women & Guns magazine. In 1993 she began interviewing and photographing women who were fellow gun owners. In 1997 she started researching "gun women" from the past to see how they were represented in the popular imagination. Now she has brought her work together in a book, filled with remarkable photographs and candid first-person stories, accompanied by an eye-opening illustrated history of female gun ownership in America" (from the publisher's description).
  • Freedman, Estelle B, No Turning Back: the History of Feminism and the Future of Women. HQ1121 .F74 2003. Library Journal states that Freedman "offers a comprehensive, accessible synthesis of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship, placing feminism in a global, historical framework."
  • French, Marilyn, From Eve to Dawn: a History of Women. HQ1121 .F74 2008. This is a four volume set. Margaret Atwood, writing for The Times (London) says, "as a reference work it's invaluable: the bibliographies alone are worth the price. And as a warning about the appalling extremes of human behavior and male weirdness, it's indispensable."
  • Gilbert, Neil, A Mother's Work: How Feminism, the Market, and Policy Shape Family Life. HQ 759. 48 .G55 2008. CHOICE magazine identified this book as highly recommended for all libraries and added that "many books written about family-work policies are saturated with complex statistics, numerous qualifications, and rehashed solutions. Few are written in a direct manner with nontraditional (for the US) solutions. In this book refreshingly headed in this direction, Gilbert (social welfare, Berkeley) examines how fertility, maternal employment, child care, and work policies interact to affect each other within a cultural context that still places the needs of the workplace over the needs of the family, and he does so through a feminist lens."
  • Goldstein, Nancy, Jackie Ormes: the First African-American Woman Cartoonist. PN6727 .O74 G65 2008 (note, this is an Oversized volume). "In the first book devoted to Ormes, Goldstein not only recounts with enthusiasm the trailblazing cartoonist’s remarkable story from her birth in Pittsburgh to her celebrity-filled life in Chicago but also keenly analyzes Ormes’ influential cartoons and the role black newspapers played in the struggle for racial equality. With a generous selection of Ormes’ “forward-looking” cartoons resurrected for the first time, this is one exciting and significant book" (from Booklist review).
  • Grunwald, Lisa and Stephen J. Adler, eds., Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present. HQ1410 .W6845 2005. "This collection of more than 400 entries begins with a letter written by Abigail Grant, accusing her husband of cowardice in battle, and ends with an e-mail by Wall Street Journal correspondent Farnaz Fassihi on the stark state of affairs in war-torn Iraq. In between, a wide variety of compelling subjects is covered" (from School Library Journal review).
  • Hinkle, Amber S., Successful Women in Chemistry: Corporate America's Contribution to Science. QD21 .S78 2005. From Chemical Heritage, "this compilation does an invaluable service in providing accounts of women chemists who have made it to the top in corporate America. There are role models for young women chemists to emulate."
  • Hutchinson, Kay Bailey, Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers. CT 3260 .H88 2007. This book is part of the Bestseller Collection (2nd floor reading room). "Mixing historical portraits with modern success stories, Senator Hutchison shows how American women from all periods of history have contributed to the strength and progress of our nation—and no history of the nation can be written without them" (from the publisher's description).
  • Kalisch, Philip Arthur, American Nursing: a History. RT4 .K34 2004. This is a "well illustrated text aids the student in the appreciation of the history and complexity of nursing and the U.S. healthcare system" (from publisher description).
  • McMillen, Sally Gregory, Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement. HQ1418 .M36 2008. "McMillen, who chairs the history department at Davidson College, presents a fine history of the 1848 Seneca Falls convention, which galvanized the women's movement through the remainder of the 19th century and also affected concurrent struggles for temperance, abolition and educational reform. Narrowing her focus to four suffragists-Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone-McMillen nimbly weaves their stories with the larger narrative of reform" (from Publishers Weekly review).
  • Perdue, Theda, ed., Sifters: Native American Women's Lives. E89 .S454 2001. "In this edited volume, Theda Perdue, a nationally known expert on Indian history and southern women's history, offers a rich collection of biographical essays on Native American women. From Pocahontas, a Powhatan woman of the seventeenth century, to Ada Deer, the Menominee woman who headed theBureau of Indian Affairs in the 1990s, the essays span four centuries" (from publisher's description).
  • Reese, Dagmar, Growing up Female in Nazi Germany. HQ1210 .R4713 2006. "The Bund Deutscher Madel was the female section of Hitler Youth. "Growing Up Female in Nazi Germany" examines the way this Nazi organization linked up with the interests of contemporary German girls and young women. Recruiting its members systematically since the end of the 1930s, the BDM encompassed practically all German girls aged ten to fourteen by allowing them latitude for their own development while assigning them responsibilities that gradually integrated them into the National Socialist State" (from the publisher's description).
  • Rimm, Sylvia, See Jane Win: the Rimm Report on How 1,000 Girls Became Successful Women. HQ799.15 R56 1999B. "Noted child psychologist Sylvia Rimm, along with her daughters, a research psychologist and a pediatric oncology researcher, conducted a three-year survey of more than a thousand successful women to uncover what elements of their childhood and adolescence contributed to their success -- and how today's parents can give their own daughters the same advantages. Should you encourage your daughter's competitive streak? How important are social skills? Does birth order make a difference?" (from publisher description).
  • Roberts, Cokie, Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation. E176 .R63 2004. "When most people think about those who helped fight for the independence of and create the government of the United States, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin come to mind. They rarely mention Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, or Eliza Pinckney. However, these and many other women played a significant role, including raising money for the troops, lobbying their spouses to fight for liberty and independence, and eventually hosting events where members of government could meet and discuss issues in a civilized manner. Roberts provides details on the lives and activities of these women and how they helped the country to survive" (from Library Journal review).
  • Roberts, Cokie, Ladies of Liberty: the Women Who Shaped Our Nation. E176 .R65 2008. Part of the Bestseller Collection (2nd floor reading room). "Roberts, political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for National Public Radio, adds to her previous volume Founding Mothers with this book, which traces the contributions of influential American women who shaped the country during the period 1797-1825, such as Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Eliza Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Rebecca Gratz, and Sacajawea. The narrative is based on correspondence, private journals, and other documents that illustrate how these women viewed their husbands and fathers, how they were consulted by them on many matters, and their views of society and the issues of the day" (from Booknews.com).
  • Sanger, Margaret, Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography. "Margaret Sanger was the founder of the birth control movement in the United States. A trained nurse by profession she founded a magazine on birth control as well as the first birth control clinic in the U.S. located in Brooklyn. She organized the first World Population Conference and was the first president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. This is her fascinating story" (from publisher's description).
  • Schiff, Karenna Gore, Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. CT 3260 .S35 2005. "Schiff, journalist, lawyer, and daughter of former vice president Al Gore, highlights the lives of nine women who have had enormous impact on the social and political history of the U.S., though most of them are relatively unknown. . . .This is an inspirational collection of biographies of women of various social, ethnic, and racial backgrounds fighting for social justice" (from Booklist review).
  • Wagner-Martin, Linda, The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States. PS508.W7 O95 1999. "Provocative and compulsively readable, lively, engaging, and brilliantly representative, The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States presents short stories, poems, essays, plays, speeches, performance pieces, erotica, diaries, correspondence, and even a few recipes from nearly onehundred of our best women writers" (from the publisher's description).

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