W.A.R. : Women art revolution [videorecording DVD]

From Ellen Druda
Title: W.A.R. : Women art revolution [videorecording DVD]
In the 1960’s and 1970’s the feminist movement and the art world collided and merged, spinning off new ideas and techniques. We meet some of the pioneers – Judy Chicago, Marina Abramovic, Hannah Wilke, Cindy Sherman, Marcia Tucker, B. Ruby Rich, The Guerrilla Girls, and more – and hear their stories of discrimination, frustration, and ridicule in the white man’s elitist art world. The strange new experience of performance art, unashamed sexuality, romanticism, sadness, humor, and rage were their weapons of expression as they fought to be included in museum and gallery showings. Filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson uses archival footage along with contemporary interviews and a fantastic amount of the art itself to make this an inspirational documentary.

WRITING OUR WAY HOME

From adele gresser
Title:  WRITING OUR WAY HOME
Author:  TED SELOTAROSS
THIS BOOK IS A COMPILATION OF SHORT STORIES WRITTEN BY WELL KNOWN AUTHORS OF THE JEWISH FAITH AND SOME UNKNOWN TO ME AUTHORS.  SOME OF THE STORIES ARE ON ASSIMILATION,EMERGING FEMINISM, RELIGIOUS IDEALS AND SECULAR AND TRADITIONAL THOUGHTS.  MANY OF THESE STORIES WERE BEYOND MY UNDERSTANDING.  I DID, HOWEVER, ENJOY SAUL BELLOW, E. L. DOCTOROW, BERNARD BELLOW PHILLIP ROTH, I. B.SINGER WHO WERE FEATURED IN THIS BOOK I READ AS A READING CLUB MEMBER.

The firefly letters : a suffragette’s journey to Cuba

From Sarah Bielskas, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Engle, Margarita
 The firefly letters : a suffragette’s journey to Cuba
 In the book The Firefly Letters, three completely different girls meet in Cuba and go on a journey that will change their lives forever! As Cecilia is dealing with a new husband (who was chosen for her) and a baby on the way, the other girls have some problems of their own! Fredika wants to explore the country in hopes of inspiring herself to write, but along the way she wants to help free the slaves.

Elena is different from the other girls because she comes from a very rich and proper family, rather than a poor or slaved family.  Elena searches for freedom from being “locked up” by her mother and not being able to go outside to do the one thing the girls all have in common.  They all like to catch fireflies and set them free.

 I enjoyed  The Firefly Letters because I liked how the author wrote about the lives of three very different girls, and shared with us what was happening to them all at the same time. I would recommend this book because it was insightful and an interesting read.

A Woman’s Place

From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Austin, Lynn
A Woman’s Place
This is the story of 4 very different women whose lives become connected  when they work together doing “men’s work” in a defense factory during World War II.  Their circumstances and backgrounds vary greatly, as do their reasons for taking the jobs.  In spite of everything, they become close friends, supporting each other through immense challenges to their lifestyles and beliefs.