Literary Wives: The Kitchen God’s Wife

Welcome to the latest post in the Literary Wives series. Every two months, a group of bloggers reads a book with word “wife” in the title, and we attempt to answer the following two questions in our posts for that month. 1. What does this book say about wives or about the experience of being a... Continue Reading →

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

I’ve frequently mentioned Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009) by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn here on my blog, but I haven’t ever given it a thorough review. This is because the first time I read it, I listened to it in my car, and I didn’t take notes,... Continue Reading →

More Girls’ Studies

Many of you may remember that last year, I took a girls' studies class, and regularly posted assignments to my blog.  You can see those past posts here. This semester, I'm teaching the same class!  I have two wonderful and articulate students, and I thought some of you might be interested in seeing their blogs... Continue Reading →

Babette’s Feast

For a recent holiday dinner with my in-laws, I was asked to bring a dessert.  I volunteered to bring apple pie.  Now, I don't even like apple pie, but I like sour cream apple pie, and I've made it a holiday tradition for the last ten years or so to make this pie on Thanksgiving... Continue Reading →

The Woman Warrior

I’ve finally read Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior (1975), a book I have heard so much about but somehow never got to until now. The book is creative non-fiction, a memoir of Kingston’s Chinese childhood among “ghosts.” Ghosts are white Americans, and reading this book gave me access to what it must really be... Continue Reading →

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