Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dear Great Book Guru,
Last week I was outside the library on Sea Cliff Avenue with my friends Margie, Darlene, and Dahlia. They were headed to the Methodist Church's Pumpkin Patch for some pumpkin-picking when I suddenly remembered: two days after Halloween… is Election Day! Do you have a book I might enjoy reading before exercising my civic duty? Virtuous Voter
Dear Virtuous,
You are to be commended for taking your voting rights so seriously. Actually, I just read a book that might be perfect for this pre-election week: BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY by Rebecca Traister. In this book the roles played by Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Edwards, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Katie Couric, and Rachel Maddox in the election's outcome are skillfully presented. In addition, Traister does a great job recounting the turbulent months leading up to the election . Although it was only two years ago, it's amazing to read and remember how much happened in that relatively short period of time. An extremely readable account of the 2008 primaries and election, BIG GIRLS… also looks at the women's movement of the last one hundred years and its ongoing impact. All in all, a thought-provoking read!

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