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Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages Paperback – December 13, 2009
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From the section, Dealing with our Physical Selves, here is an excerpt from "A Member of the Wedding." "I didn't tell many people I was getting a cochlear implant...I had been suddenly thrust from the detached void of silence into miracle worker scientific technology and felt part cyborg, part sex kitten..." Other stories in this section deal with body challenges.
The second section, Meeting our Emotional Needs, deals with motherhood and career, adopting animals, alcoholism, drug abuse, attitudes about weight loss and more. They offer thoughts to ponder and examples of courage. The Family We Have contains stories of aging parents, children, family abuse, death and sisters. From "The Scent of Life": "...How could I mind knowing my body will nurture life to come? That such an eventuality might be the most honorable, long-reaching contribution I'll ever make."
Following those sections are The Families That We Create, Our Career Choices, Empowering Ourselves, and Reconnecting. In "The Needle in the Haystack," Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, one of the few writers with over 60 years of life experience, writes of finding her true love when both are in their 40's. So many more memorable tales, so well written. Read this and you will see yourself. Read this and you will empathize with so many. Read this and be inspired. The editors deserve kudos for having recruited and chosen so well.
by Judith Helburn
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JaiKaur/"Women's Grace Grit and Gratitude"
This anthology helps us see the broader range of challenges we have faced as we hear those "clicks" of recognition. It would be a fine addition to a Women's Studies course--a course I once taught as a displaced homemaker turned college professor.
Arlene L. Mandell
Santa Rosa, CA