If you’re a woman who uses the internet, you’ve likely seen the quote that mothers are expected “to work as though they don’t have kids and parent as if they don’t have jobs.” If you’re like me, when this popped up in your feed, you hit like then scrolled through the comments to see responses like “THIS!”, “YES!”, “TRUTH!”, and a variety of enthusiastic hand gesture emojis.The quote that seems to have hit a nerve for so many women comes from the excellent book, Forget “Having It All”, How America Messed Up Motherhood – and How to Fix It, by Amy Westervelt. Westervelt does a deep dive into the history of motherhood in America and when I say deep, I’m not kidding around. Read more
Aileen attempts to read a book a week. Follow along as she loses her mind. We used the PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge as inspiration, then went off on our own, as you’ll find we do a lot around here. Join in by reading the books Aileen reads, or by choosing your own.
Want a really good research tool that isn’t Wikipedia. No shame, I love wikipedia, I just used it to write about Alice Bowman. Anyway. If you want to start slow on a topic, go directly to the juvenile nonfiction section of your local library and there you will find adult topics with training wheels. Thin books with lots of pictures and simplified sentences describing complicated ideas. In books written for younger readers the authors aren’t trying to impress their colleagues or their haters. All they are trying to do it convey the essence of the topic. And this brings us to Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky. Read more
Don’t panic, I’m not going to present you with a poem written 200 hundred years ago then say, “Now what do you think the poet meant to convey?” I’m almost willing to bet even the poet had no idea what they truly meant to convey. I also won’t ask you how a poem made you feel. Instead, I will begin with my own embarrassing poetic past. Read more
Michelle Dean’s Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion acts as an excellent primer on interesting women, the work they produced and the lives they lived. From Dorothy Parker to Zora Neale Hurston and eight other in writers in between, Dean’s book acts as an introduction to some and a reminder to others. Read more
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Maybe you’ve seen the Tidying Up series on Netflix but haven’t got around to buying the book. Or your name is on a 400 person long waitlist at your local library. Well, here is your chance to own your own copy of Marie Kondo’s 6 million copies sold bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Read it then pass it on or build a little shrine to it. Whatever works for you. And you get the mug and the pouch! Read more
If you have read Hunter S. Thompson and not Joan Didion then you, along with me, are in the majority. Thompson made for good copy. He was a lunatic who had a hell of a way with words. When movie stars pay to have your ashes shot out of a canon then you were definitely a personality as well as a writer. Many writers were. Fitzgerald. Twain. A bunch of other men. Read more