Author Archives: Julie

The Prodigal Book Reviewer

When I first applied to library science programs, I think I was working under this unconscious, internalized stereotype of librarianship being an easy job, and library school being a breeze. This might have been exacerbated by my other experience with … Continue reading

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Book Review: Share This!

Share This!: How You Will Change the World with Social Networking by Deanna Zandt (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) Back in ’08, when the conventions of social networking were still maybe a little wonky (because of course they’re perfectly logical now), my husband … Continue reading

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Book Review: Working For Justice

Working for Justice: The L.a. Model of Organizing and Advocacy edited by Ruth Milkman, Joshua Bloom, and Victor Narro (Cornell University Press) I first found out about this book when I got an email from one of my activist friends, … Continue reading

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Muslim Women on Sex and the City 2

In light of yesterday’s discussion of SatC, I thought I’d direct your attention to Muslimah Media Watch’s discussion of the film. If any non-Arab, non-Muslim readers are itching to say (or repeat), “Well, I don’t think it’s racist, and my … Continue reading

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Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel by Alice Walker (Seven Stories Press) “In Kigali I paid my respects to the hundreds of of thousands of infants, toddlers, teenagers, adolescents, young engaged couples, married … Continue reading

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Call for Editors and Volunteers – Dinah Press

Many of you probably already saw this on Alas, but I’m posting here for good measure: Dinah Press, a new small press devoted to publishing the work of marginalized voices, is seeking 1-2 passionate and committed individuals to join its … Continue reading

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Si son de amores vengan derechas

The House of Secrets: The Hidden World of the Mikveh by Varda Polak-Sahm (Beacon Press) One clear evening in Jerusalem, Varda Polak-Sahm shows up alone at her neighborhood mikveh – a ritual bath for Jewish women – to purify herself … Continue reading

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Just Food

Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly by James E. McWilliams (Little, Brown) Say what you want about publishers, but they know how to sell a book. Let’s say a manuscript ended up … Continue reading

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Between XX and XY

Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes by Gerald N. Callahan, Ph.D. (Chicago Review Press) Hi, all! As some of you may have noticed, my flow of book reviews has slowed to a trickle over the … Continue reading

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Oppression, Identity, and Liberation

Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation by Sherry Wolf (Haymarket Books) Sherry Wolf’s Sexuality and Socialism is a collection of essays, arranged in the order of the historical eras they examine, that look at the interplay … Continue reading

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Eve’s Bible

Eve’s Bible: A Woman’s Guide to the Old Testament by Sarah S. Forth (St. Martin’s Griffin) Eve’s Bible is written for “every woman who has ever said, ‘I’ve always wanted to read the Bible, but…’” Billing itself as a guide … Continue reading

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Magdalene & the Mermaids

Magdalene & the Mermaids by Elizabeth Kate Switaj (Paper Kite Press) A quick note: I wasn’t able to preserve the original formatting of the poems I’ve excerpted. My apologies to the author. Elizabeth Kate Switaj’s Magdalene & the Mermaids is, … Continue reading

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