The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle to Freedom by Margarita Engle

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle to Freedom by Margarita Engle  Published: April 1st 2008 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) Source: local library Synopsis (Goodreads): It is 1896. Cuba has fought three wars for independence and still is not free. People have been rounded up in reconcentration camps with too little food and too much… Continue reading The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle to Freedom by Margarita Engle

Is This What It’s Come To?: Sexy Feminism by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudulph

Sexy Feminism by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudulph  Published: March 12th 2013 by Mariner Books Source: ARC from Publisher Synopsis (Goodreads): Not your mother’s feminism! A humor-filled action plan for an accessible, cool, and, yes, even sexy brand of 21st-century feminism A Mariner Original Paperback Feminism can still seem like an abstract idea that is… Continue reading Is This What It’s Come To?: Sexy Feminism by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudulph

Getting Graphic: My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf Published: March 1st 2012 by Abrams Books Source: local library Synopsis (Goodreads): You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer—the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper—seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf… Continue reading Getting Graphic: My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Gender for Dummies: A Review of How to Be a Woman and Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

In my former academic life, I studied gender. While my degree was in first Political Science and International Studies, then more specifically Latin American studies, my personal research projects and the majority of my classes had a strong gender component, whether it was Gender and War or Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Masculinity. When it comes to… Continue reading Gender for Dummies: A Review of How to Be a Woman and Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

A Most Dangerous Method: A Book and Movie Review

It seems like most movies I see are inspired by books. I recently watched  A Dangerous Method, (confession: I have a movie star crush on Keira Knightley), and also read the nonfiction book that inspired it, A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr. Both tell the story of Carl Jung’s relationship with Sigmund Freud, which… Continue reading A Most Dangerous Method: A Book and Movie Review