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Sep.21.2009
In 'The Stone Virgins' Yvonne Vera tells the usual sort of love story -- girl meets boy, love, partings, and the ultimate triumph of love over adversity. But don’t make the mistake of expecting a tale that in any way at all resembles the usual. I read one of Vera's earlier novels some time ago --...
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Aug.17.2009
I read this book from cover to cover, only putting it aside when the demands of my life became too persistent to ignore, and then I thought to myself, Wow!   I knew from other reading that Adrienne Eisen won an award for her electronic writing so I ran a quick Google search to learn more about...
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Jul.28.2009
Aunt Lute Books publishes fiction and non-fiction that reflects "the complex truths of women's lives and the possibilities for personal and social change" and little in today's world will bring as many changes to the way we think and act, as will the invasion of the HIV/AIDS virus. The...
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Jul.28.2009
This Bridge Called My Back - writings by radical women of color, is an anthology that two decades ago, called for 'a radical restructuring of this country' [ie the United States of America]. On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, Cherríe Moraga began her task of composing the foreword to the book'...
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Jun.27.2009
Sometimes a woman must wait until the last decades of her life before she attains the personal freedom to write truthfully about her innermost self. Alvia Golden is such a woman and Acts of Love comprises two short memoir essays. The chapbook deals with her lesbianism and the ways that her secrecy...
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May.14.2009
I relished every minute I spent reading Dorothy Canfield Fisher's The Home-Maker. Its  basic story line deals with the more-or-less straightforward dilemma that faces most parents today - how best to divide between them the work of supporting and raising their children. Which parent should go out...
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Apr.11.2009
When Nelson Mandela stood trial for his life on a charge of treason against the Republic of South Africa, he stood not alone - eight other men shared the dock with him and on that June day, more than forty years ago, all those Rivonia Trialists were sentenced to a lifetime's imprisonment. All with...
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