From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Gillian Thomas
Title: Because of sex : one law, ten cases, and fifty years that changed American women’s lives at work
Because of sex: one law, ten cases, and fifty years that changed American women’s lives at work by Gillian Thomas was an informative, engaging, eye-opener of a book. The author discusses Title VII and its many reincarnations and its many reinterpretations by the Supreme Court. The cases discussed focused on issues of sex discrimination in its varied forms. The cases explored in the book ranged from barring a woman from applying for a position because of preschool age children to forcing women to choose between pregnancy and sterilization to keep a higher-paying job. The legal system is glacially slow in crediting women with the desire to work, viewing women’s primary function as caregivers. Sexual harassment was a term coined fairly recently and the people who brought it into popular vernacular debated between many terms before deciding this was the correct term. The book also discussed the double standard being applied when rating a woman’s job performance; if she is aggressive and committed to her position it is viewed as unwomanly and if she is feminine and caring, she is too weak to be promoted — a double-edged sword in that you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. I found it to be a stellar read on a thorny legal issue – clear, concise, and thought-provoking.
From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Damon Tweedy
Title: Black man in a white coat : a doctor’s reflections on race and medicine
Black man in a white coat: a doctor’s reflections on race and medicine by Damon Tweedy is an eye-opener of a book. The author is both a physician and a patient. He is an African American man and with that racial status come some medical conditions which are more prevalent among African Americans. Damon,the author,suffers from high blood pressure as do many of his African American brothers and sisters. He began to dread hearing “It’s more common in blacks than in whites” in the medical lectures. In his memoir,Dr. Tweedy also discusses affirmative action and how it can be viewed both negatively and positively depending on the lens you are using. Dr.Tweedy,in addition, ponders his own medical commitment. Is he treating all his patients with equal dedication or because of empathy does he favor and/or persist more with certain individuals?
This book is a continuation of the medical kick I am currently on. The kick started a while ago with Call the nurse: true stories of a country nurse on a Scottish isle by Mary J. MacLeod, foreword by Lady Claire Macdonald of Macdonald, Do no harm: stories of life, death, and brain surgery by Henry Marsh, Dr. Mütter’s marvels: a true tale of intrigue and inno-vation at the dawn of modern medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Extreme medicine: how exploration transformed medicine in the twentieth century by Kevin Fong, God’s hotel: a doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine by Victoria Sweet, The shift: one nurse, twelve hours, four patients’ lives by Theresa Brown.
From Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Emily Cogburn
Title: Louisiana saves the library
Louisiana saves the library by Emily Beck Cogburn was a funny,lighthearted read in the middle of the heavy seas of nonfiction in which I am currently immersed, one nonfiction thread leading to another until this title crossed my path. The protagonist, Louisiana Richardson, a newly single mother with two children, was a library professor until the University reassessed its fiscal responsibilities. Dear readers, Louisiana got axed from her position, and found herself in Alligator Bayou Parish trying to reinvigorate a dying library as well as balance her personal life. Louisiana faces an uphill battle against the library director and one of the board members, Mrs.Gunderson. Both are opposed to the continuation and/or expansion of the library for entirely different reasons. Pick up this lively novel and find out how Louisiana manages to save both the library and her personal life.
From Eileen Effrat
Author: David John
Title: Flight from Berlin : a novel
Set during the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, this suspense thriller pits the Gestapo and the British Secret Intelligence Service against one another in the quest for a secret dossier that could destroy the Nazi leadership. A British journalist, outspoken in his criticism of Hitler, and a former Olympian join forces in this atmospheric and fast paced thriller. If you are a fan of Alan Furst, Daniel Silva, Philip Kerr, or David Downing, give this a try. You won’t be disappointed.