bookmarks | summer 2008
This Land is Their Land: Reports from
a Divided Nation
By Barbara Ehrenreich
Ehrenreich, who previously engaged the nation’s
conscience (and cracked the bestseller
list) with her firsthand exposés of working
conditions for women in Nickel and Dimed
and Bait and Switch, decries the belief that
prosperity is a zero-sum game and that players
must “get what you can while the getting
The Stone Gods
By Jeanette Winterson
This is science fiction with a satirical twist,
part Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and part Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. In a future world
where the line between human and machine
is blurred, Winterson explores how dependency
on technology complicates identity.
Alfred and Emily
By Doris Lessing
In what’s half-novel and half-biography,
Nobel Prize winner Lessing tells of her parents’ lives under the impact of World War I.
She imagines a happier, more fulfilling life and
contrasts it with the truth of their hardships.
By Barbara Walters
The veteran television journalist chronicles
her five decades in front of the lens and
behind it, providing true confessions and
Pressure Is a Privilege: Lessons I’ve
Learned from Life and the Battle
of the Sexes
By Billie Jean King
LifeTime Media, Inc.
Simple but wise words from a woman who’s
way more than a sports champion. At age 64, still stumping for women’s equality, King
has earned the right to be a life guru.
The Sum of Our Days
By Isabel Allende
This memoir picks up where Allende left
off in Paula, her wrenching account of her
daughter’s death. Drawing from letters to
her mother, Allende recounts life as matriarch
of a most unconventional family.
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats,
Brothels and the Business of AIDS
By Elizabeth Pisani
W. W. Norton & Co.
Epidemiologist Pisani travels through brothels,
heroin-shooting galleries and red-light
districts tracking the spread of AIDS and
putting a human face on the death count.
Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
By Xiaolu Guo
Nan A. Talese
In Guo’s novel, translated from the Chinese,
a country peasant escapes to Beijing to seek
her fortune as an actor, finding that in conservative
China women face being labeled
as either good girl or prostitute.
Slowpoke: One Nation, Oh My God!
By Jen Sorensen
Village Voice cartoonist Sorensen continues
her trademark brand of absurdist humor with
political commentary on Republican hypocrisy
and weapons of mass political correctness.
By Janis Ian
Ian writes autobiography as she does song
lyrics: unadorned and to the point. She tells of
childhood molestation, precocious musical
stardom, IRS nightmares, scary illnesses,
crazy loves and, ultimately, a settled life in
Nashville as a musical artist with a loving wife.
Sex, Science and Stem Cells: Inside
the Right Wing Assault on Reason
By Diana Degette
The Lyons Press
Rep. Diana Degette (D-Colo.) confronts
the religious right’s undermining of science.
She debunks government-released misinformation
about AIDS prevention, sex education
and stem cells.
Mexican Enough: My Life between
By Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Washington Square Press
Growing up biracial near the border and never
having felt “Mexican enough,” Griest takes an
eight-month journey in search of her roots, only
to find that Mexicans have the same complaint:
They try to maintain their heritage, but adopt
American culture for the privilege it affords.
Know Your Power: A Message to
By Nancy Pelosi
The speaker of the House tells of her journey
to become the highest-ranking elected
woman in American history, overcoming barriers
at each political level until she shatters the
Capitol’s “marble ceiling.”
Sound Bites of Protest
By Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich
Third World Press
Essays and speeches from the professor, author
and civil rights activist put readers on the
you-are-there front lines of African American
women’s struggle to end segregation, combat
sexism and fight for union representation.