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September 8, 2014




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Fly, E-A-G-L-E-S, Fly!

The Inside Scoop on The Outsider

Talking with Queer Activist Miriam Frank

The Silent Shame of HPV

Remembering Joe Wilder

So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class....


The Art of Play, by Anna Beresin, was reviewed in the September 2014 issue of Choice
  • The Art of Play The review read, "Although the focus of this brief book is recess, it conveys much more, offering a strong argument for the importance of play and art in children's education.... The examples of the children's play and art, as well as citations from many advocates for play and the arts, strengthen the book. By describing her experiences with administrators, teacher, and students, Beresin provides a vivid picture of the challenges the educational system faces and some ways to meet those challenges. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

Harilyn Rousso's Don't Call Me Inspirational was reviewed in the August 2014 issue of Feminism & Psychology
  • Don't Call Me Inspirational The review read, "In Don't Call Me Inspirational, Harilyn Rousso claims a unique identity. She is a feminist and a disabled woman, but she resists being seen as an inspirational figure simply on account of having cerebral palsy. The book exposes the disabilism that continues to exist in society and has not yet had the same acknowledgement as other prejudicial stereotypes which are, at least rhetorically, now condemned.... The book provides a source of insight into the life of a disabled woman growing up in the period of the establishment of the Disabled People's Movement."

Accidental Immigrants and the Search for Home, by Carol Kelley, was reviewed in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Oral History Review
  • Accidental Immigrants and the Search for Home The review read, "Kelley eloquently and compassionately presents a well-researched study of four women whose lives changed dramatically after emigrating from their home countries for reasons of education, career, and/or marriage.... This study is quite apt given that the topic of immigration appears in news reports and other media regularly, and much of the world's population consists of people who are either emigrants or who are living with/alongside those who have immigrated.... Accidental Immigrants is a valuable contemporary work that should appeal to a general audience and could certainly be included in a basic college course.... Accidental Immigrants is a refreshing account that tells the stories of four relatively privileged women who chose to adopt new countries as their homes instead, as is often the situation, of being forced to flee."

Karla Erickson's How We Die Now was reviewed in the October 2014 issue of Ageing & Society
  • How We Die Now The review read, "Uniquely, this book gently unearths some of the myths and taboos that surround why people are also dying differently. Erickson explores the concept of the 'Longevity divide' and her use of the participant observation technique gives her research a robust framework which carries the reader through the book towards the more probing and challenging sections. The authority Erickson commands by her commitment to her research is admirable and is reflected in the book. This is not simply a quick project but a heartfelt long-term commitment which is reflected through each page and engages the reader at every level. It is the interwoven personal stories that make the book so engaging and underpin the medical practice and academic learning and knowledge. This book feels like a journey.... Erickson's purpose, I believe, in writing this book was to engage with the reader emotionally first, to write a book that would change people's thoughts, behaviours and practice about how we make the dying experience a better one. She has done that superbly by underpinning that intention with a sound academic literature review and excellent research. This gives the reader confidence at every level."

Kate Eichhorn's The Archival Turn in Feminism was reviewed in Information & Culture: A Journal of History
  • The Archival Turn in Feminism The review read, "Eichhorn's methodology, which brings together archival research, ethnographic research, and cultural theory, is well-suited to her investigation, and she compellingly argues that recent interest on the part of librarians, archivists, activists, and scholars in documenting the third wave of feminism is about more than understanding the past or preserving cultural artifacts for future generations.... Throughout all of her case studies, Eichhorn is attentive to the work done by archivists and librarians.... This approach is particularly valuable in the final study of Barnard College's Zine Library.... Eichhorn sees her audience as including scholars as well as professional archivists and librarians, and both groups will find this title a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion around archives and activism."

The Chinese Diaspora on American Screens by Gina Marchetti was reviewed in Afterimage Vol. 42, No. 2
  • The Chinese Diaspora on American Screens The review read, "The book is written with a clarity of prose and analysis, yet Marchetti's ideas and concepts are never rote or simplistic. Marchetti's close readings are also outstanding, strongly supporting the complex cross-connections of thought that she explicates with precision and fluidity.... [A]n excellent addition to the field of Asian and Asian American film studies."

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