Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dear Great Book Guru, I am looking forward to a great Fall weekend in Sea Cliff filled with Halloween happenings.  On Sunday from 3 to 4pm we will be at Central Park for the Cider Social, an annual Sea Cliff Civic Association event, hosted this year by Heidi Hunt and the her Girl Scout Troop #22. There will be music, crafts, and treats and hopefully everyone will come in costume.  Time for reading will be limited but do you have something that would make me laugh but make me think ?    Halloween Reveler

Dear Halloween Reveler,  This is indeed a fun weekend in Sea Cliff- don't forget the Fire Department's Halloween Costume party on Saturday night, Oct. 27.   I just finished a very funny, very provocative book:  HOW TO BE A WOMAN by Caitlin Moran, a columnist for the Times of London. She writes about growing up as one of eight children in an impoverished English suburb in the1980's but this is not simply an autobiographical sketch .Rather the author's well met goal is to humanize and universalize feminism. She talks frankly about body image, motherhood, celebrity worship, weddings, pornography, and overpriced purses. I laughed aloud throughout the book but also found what she said disturbing and certainly thought-provoking.  She fiercely denounces sexism in its many subtle and not so subtle forms and always with great wit.     Highly recommended!

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