Category Archives: Books

Books, Movies, Television, & A Play: Women

A theme seems to have emerged from my reading and watching these days: Women. As leaders, as in the films Mary, Queen of Scots and On the Basis of Sex; and television series, Madame Secretary. Repressed women, as in the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday: Frankenstein & Little Women

What writer wouldn’t want to say their book has never been out of print? That their book captivates generation after generation, and continues to inspire countless retellings, radio shows, movies, plays, and cartoons? Two women writers share these distinctions and … Continue reading

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Sharing Amanda at Bat

It’s summer! Little League baseball and t-ball games are in full swing. Before school let out, I shared Amanda at Bat with fourth graders at a public school in Teaneck, NJ. My friend Caleb, one of the teachers, invited me to … Continue reading

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Biking Brittany

Entering the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont Saint-Michel,  my husband recalled that the former fortress inspired the depiction of Minas Tirith in the third Lord of the Rings movie, The Return of the King. And I told him that … Continue reading

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Facing History: Removing Statues

A statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims (1813-1883) was removed from New York City’s Central Park yesterday, after holding court for 84 years. Sims, dubbed “the father of gynecology,” performed surgical experiments on female slaves without anesthesia. His statue will … Continue reading

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I just started reading Mitch Landrieu’s  In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History. Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans since 2010 whose term ends this May, shares his personal reflections about the city’s decision to take down four Confederate … Continue reading

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Four Books & A Movie

When asked about what he looks for in a novel, actor and writer Tom Hanks told the New York Times, “ Authenticity. I want to see the world accurately, and history examined is search of the details of truth.” Hanks’ … Continue reading

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