Saturday, July 07, 2007

#6 - 10

The Pact: True Love Story by Jodi Picoult
We read this novel for my book club in May. I can understand why Picoult is such a popular writer, but she's not to my tastes. I find her v. manipulative, v. deus ex machina. Also, this novel is so not a "love story." It's about a teenage couple, and the girl is found dead with a bullet wound to her head. The boy is on trial for murder, and he claims it was a suicide pact. The girl is basically the only sympathetic character in the entire novel.

# BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine edited by Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler
Highly recommended. I love that it's filled with articles about different topics, like puberty to media to slash to gender roles to stereotypes to basically anything. I loved it to pieces. I don't want to read an entire book about just one topic. A caveat: I wouldn't recommend it to someone brand new to feminism, because I think you have to have some understanding about women's history plus some understanding and recocognization of issues. For someone new to feminism, I would recommend the first feminist book I ever read: Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards.

Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks
I am so disappointed in this book. Most feminists I know, whose opinions I trust, highly recommended it. I came away with nothing, though. I felt like it was a Cliff Notes version of feminism. Chapters were two to four pages long on each topic, and I just don't think it delved into enough detail about anything.

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham
June's book club book. Nonfiction. It made everyone furious with the "justice" system.

Girls Rock!: Fifty Years of Women Making Music by Mina Carson, Tisa Lewis, and Susan M. Shaw
Yeah. I knew women have it hard in the music industry, but some of these stories were shocking. I found the book mostly boring, though. I don't care much about when people bought their first guitar, etc.

Books Read, 2007
Books Read, 2006
Books Read, 2005

I better start reading a heck of a lot more if I want to reach my goal of 50 books.