Books of Interest
The Red Moon
Call Number: FICTION HAULSEY
Publication Date: 2001-08-07
Haulsey's first novel is the story of Nasarian, a 19-year-old Kenyan girl from the Samburu tribe. When both of Nasarian's parents die, she and her father's other wives are sent to live with her older brother, Lolorock, who has always hated Nasarian. Lolorock sends Nasarian off to live with a distant cousin, Lalasi, a corrupt government official. Nasarian takes comfort in the fact that Lalasi allows her to continue her schooling, and also in the company of Lalasi's young daughter, Nasieku, a precocious but sweet girl who becomes the most important person in Nasarian's life. But when tragedy strikes, Nasarian finds herself on a different path, attending a university, and falling in love for the first time. When her new love forces her to choose between the ways of her tribe and everything her education offers her, Nasarian realizes she must take a decisive step to take control of her own future.
Blueprints for Building Better Girls
Call Number: FICTION SCHAPPEL
Publication Date: 2011-09-06
Eight provocative and darkly funny linked stories that explore the commonly shared, but rarely spoken of experiences that build girls into women and women into wives and mothers, mapping America's shifting cultural landscape from the late 1970s to the present day.
Call Number: FICTION STOCKETT
Publication Date: 2009-02-10
In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.
Put on Your Crown
Call Number: 650.1 LATIFAH BIOGRAPHY
Publication Date: 2010-05-06
A wake-up call to empowerment! Oscar-nominated actress, Grammy-winning entertainer, entrepreneur--Queen Latifah has done it all. Through everything she has encountered, she has come to love herself, including her flaws. But this transformation didn't happen overnight: The Queen had to overcome a series of challenges--difficult moments--before she knew she was going to emerge triumphant. We all have such moments. The question is--how can we learn from them and use them to turn ourselves into strong, confident women? Queen Latifah provides the often surprising answers in this inspiring book.
Call Number: 818.5403 Steinbach
Publication Date: 2004-04-06
Steinbach had so much fun running off to Europe to find herself, as recounted in her first book (Without Reservations), she decided to quit her job writing for the Baltimore Sun and devote herself to similar educational adventures. Following the advice of Japanese poet Basho ("To learn of the pine, go to the pine"), Steinbach takes off again and recounts eight endeavors, including studying French cooking in Paris, attending a Jane Austen convention in England and meeting geishas in Kyoto. She captures the uniqueness of each setting, aided by a sharply curious sensibility she claims stems as much from her childhood admiration for Nancy Drew as from her reportorial training. That spirit of openness also enables her to strike up many spontaneous conversations easily, frequently launching other discoveries. A search for a bonsai garden in Florence, for example, winds up becoming a tour of several palaces normally closed to the public, which leads to an old priest's tale of rescuing priceless paintings from a flood. Yet for all Steinbach's attention to others, her account remains resolutely personal, as her experiences unleash bittersweet childhood memories, and an ambiguously romantic relationship with a Japanese gentleman is never far from her thoughts. Her stories are powerfully seductive to anyone who's ever been tempted to get up and go, following interests wherever they may lead. Even during the occasional setbacks, from language barriers to confusing geographies, Steinbach makes such a life look highly desirable.
Daring to Be Ourselves
Call Number: 305.42092 SCHNALL
Publication Date: 2010-11-15
This collection brings together words of wisdom from many of today's most renowned and influential women, including Maya Angelou, Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Cameron Diaz, Melissa Etheridge, Alice Walker, Isabel Allende, Elizabeth Lesser, and many others. Together, their voices speak to women of all ages and walks of life, addressing issues like equality, overcoming adversity, finding balance, and being more connected to the earth. Experience the power of their words as they share their passions and struggles, life philosophies, and hopes and dreams for the future. Let them inspire you
Half the Sky
Call Number: 362.83091 KRISTOFF
Publication Date: 2009-09-08
Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. They show that a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad and that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential.