Women’s Review of Books, July/August 2013

Below, a sampling of the more interesting reviews from the most recent issue of the Women’s Review of Books:

  • “Wages for Housework,” a review of Sex, Race and Class:  The Perspective of Winning:  A Selection of Writings, 1952 – 2011 by Selma James — The review was written by Kate Weigand.  It made self want to read these two other feminist books:  The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan and A Woman’s Place, a “chronological collection of James’s writings.”
  • “Pursued By Hounds,” a review of Marmee & Louisa:  The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother, by Eve LaPlante —  The review was written by Martha Saxton.  Based on newly discovered material, the book “fills out the poignant and sometimes distressing story of the powerful love, mutual dependency, identification, and shared disappointments that united mother and daughter during the family’s most difficult years of poverty and turbulence and indeed throughout their lives.”
  • “Passionate Strangers,” a review of three new novels by women:  Homesick, by Roshu Fernando, The Third Son, by Julie Wu, and The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen.  —  The review was written by Women’s Review of Books regular contributor Trish Crapo.  Fernando’s book chronicles the lives of Sri Lankan immigrants in London, “at the cusp of the year 1983,” Wu’s is about a young boy victimized and chastised by his own family, and Jakobsen’s is about a father and daughter who live on a tiny island whose only other inhabitants are a priest called “Priest” and a magician called “Boxman.”
  • “Writing and Remembering,” a review of The Generation of Post Memory:  Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust — The review was written by Rochelle Ruthchild.  The book’s author, Marianne Hirsch, the William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, “seeks to reconceptualize the field of memory studies.  She distinguishes between history and memory” and argues that “the presence of embodied and affective experience in the process of transmission . . . is best described by the notion of memory as opposed to history.”
  • “The Chick Slicks,” a review of Jennifer Nelson’s Airbrushed Nation:  The Lure and Loathing of Women’s Magazines —  The review was written by Andi Zeisler, who says the book’s subtitle (“lure and loathing”) “perfectly sums up the perfumed cloud of feeling that overtakes me at an airport newsstand when I’m trying to choose between Vogue and Marie Claire, only to curse myself as I buy both.”

Kelly Cherry, Poet Laureate of Virginia (2010 – 2012)

The Very Many Shoes of Imelda Marcos

(published in the Women’s Review of Books, July/August 2013)

Serial shoe shopper Imelda Marcos
Displayed her finds in a room dedicated
To that purpose. There were hundreds of pairs,
In every color and combination of colors,
With or without sequins, bows, and straps.
A woman couldn’t help but covet them
Despite discomfort with her better self:
Stilettos, espadrilles, platforms, and pumps;
Wedges, Mary Janes, and kitten heels,
Open-toe, slingbacks, slides, and stacked heels,
Ghillies, jellies, flip-flops, and chunky heels,
Ballet shoes, sandals, flats, and boots,
Rattlesnake, satin, silk, and doubtless a
Glass slipper and its perfect, mated match.
Meanwhile, orphaned Filipino children
Scratched through city dumps, rooting for food.
Seldom is the line between good and evil
As clear as it was when I toured Imelda’s shoes.

Self never thought of Imelda as the type to wear flip-flops.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

16 Reasons Why Self Probably Won’t Sleep During the 2014 AWP Conference

For the first time in five years, self will be attending an AWP Conference. Next year’s is in Seattle.

  1. Keynote Speaker, AWP Seattle 2014:   Annie Proulx
  2. Featured Reader Chris Abani
  3. Featured Reader Sherman Alexie
  4. Featured Reader Gretel Ehrlich
  5. Featured Reader Ben Fountain
  6. Featured Reader Cristina Garcia
  7. Featured Reader Molly Gloss
  8. Featured Reader Joy Harjo
  9. Featured Reader Robert Hass
  10. Featured Reader Jane Hirshfield
  11. Featured Reader Gish Jen
  12. Featured Reader Chang-rae Lee
  13. Featured Reader Ursula K. LeGuin
  14. Featured Reader Barry Lopez
  15. Featured Reader W. S. Merwin
  16. Featured Reader Sharon Olds

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree 2

Self left Bacolod in November 2012 and hasn’t had a chance to return. So she was so happy to meet these cousins and two of their children, who are vacationing in California. YAY!

Relatives From Bacolod, After Dinner at Hotaru in San Mateo

Relatives From Bacolod, After Dinner at Hotaru in San Mateo

Bacolod changed self's life.

Bacolod changed self’s life.

So, what these pictures really show is Happiness!

So, what these pictures really show is Happiness!  Which is not all that different an emotional state from being Carefree!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


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