Women Writers Reading Challenge #54: Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde by Franny Moyle

I was really eager to read the story of a woman whose accomplishments and failures were totally overshadowed by those of her husband. While that was not necessarily unusual for women of the period, it seems a bit strange that we should do so for Constance Wilde if only because of the scrutiny her husband … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #54: Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde by Franny Moyle

Women Writers Reading Challenge #51: The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

So the early Wonder Woman? Yeah, she was kind of a badass. And she is descended from some of the most influential suffragettes and women's rights leaders of the early twentieth century, owing debts to Margaret Sanger and Emmeline Pankhurst. Her creator also invented the lie detector (though the patented invention--the polygraph--would be created by … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #51: The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

Women Writers Reading Challenge #16: Personal History by Katharine Graham

It's hard to write about yourself. Examining yourself objectively isn't easy, and to share your weaknesses as well as strengths with the world is even more difficult. However, this is the essential skill needed to write a good autobiography. Katharine Graham's autobiography is perhaps the most frank and insightful of any I've read. Born into … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #16: Personal History by Katharine Graham

2015 Women Writers Reading Challenge–Book #8: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

There are books that touch your heart, but there are also people who touch your heart. I read this book because I heard really great things about it. I thought the book would be powerful and leave me with feelings of gratitude and a call to action on behalf of the rights of women (both … Continue reading 2015 Women Writers Reading Challenge–Book #8: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai