my life on the road review

My Life on the Road: A Review

My Life on the RoadIf you want to know what it’s like to live a life in-transit — to dress yourself out of a suitcase, shower in truck stops, and sleep in airport terminals — My Life on the Road is not the book you’re looking for. Gloria Steinem‘s memoir is a reflection on jet-setting and wandering, but it’s one written from the perspective of a woman who reached retirement before she settled down and got herself a permanent residence. Her story would be unbelievable if anyone else tried to tell it, and that’s what makes it so magnetic. Continue reading

fun home review

Fun Home: A Review

Fun Home: A Family TragicomicAfter writing a letter home from college to reveal her lesbian identity to her parents, Alison Bechdel receives a somewhat distressing phone call from her mother, who lets loose an even bigger family secret: Alison’s father is a closeted gay man who kept younger men — often his children’s babysitters — as lovers. A few weeks later, Bruce Bechdel dies after being hit by a Sunbeam Bread truck. In Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Bechdel recounts childhood memories of her father and wrestles with two questions: did he commit suicide, and, if so, did her coming out push him to do so? Continue reading

spinster kate bolick

Spinster: A Review

spinsterKate Bolick‘s Spinster is part memoir, part microhistory. It’s an examination of single women’s status and reputation throughout history, and the effects of that history on women today, framed with anecdotes from the author’s various romances. In Spinster, Bolick studies her – not always conscious – decision to remain unmarried using the lives of other, similar women as a lens. It’s an interesting, and somewhat unique, approach, but one that never seems out of place or ill-applied. Continue reading

not that kind of girl lena dunham

Not That Kind of Girl: A Review

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's There are a lot of reasons why some critics panned Lena Dunham‘s Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”, and most of those reasons were prejudiced. Of the negative reviews I have read, 80% – a conservative estimate – have been blatantly sexist and/or ableist; the other 20% were written by people who had similarly negative feelings regarding Dunham’s film and television work. So let me make this perfectly clear: if you do not like Girls, you will not like Not That Kind of Girl. Continue reading