Monday, March 08, 2010

International Women's Day

is today! This marks the 99th anniversary of a day celebrating women, feminisim and equal rights. Words Worth has put together a great display of books in our window. Here are some of the titles that we think you should read (we will be reviewing different books all week):

The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner

"Anger is a signal and one worth listening to," writes Dr. Harriet Lerner, in her renowned classic that has transformed the lives of millions of readers.While anger deserves our attention and respect, women still learn to silence our anger, to deny it entirely, or to vent it in a way that leaves us feeling helpless and powerless. In this engaging and eminently wise book, Dr. Lerner teaches women to identify the true sources of our anger and to use anger as a powerful vehicle for creating lasting change

Women of Courage by Katherine Martin

Forty women - including Marianne Williamson, Isabel Allende, Dana Reeve, Anita Roddick, Mary Pipher, Judith Orloff, Judy Chicago, and Brooke Medicine Eagle - describe life-altering moments in which they had to rely on their own inner resources to conquer challenges and find strength and wisdom. "The women in this book," says actress Sharon Stone about Women of Courage, "push against the grain, defy complacency, and reach for their dreams. That alone is remarkable, but more remarkable still is that they do it for the good of others. In that, they inspire us all to speak and live from our hearts."

The Power of Women by Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

Women are extraordinarily hard on themselves. They scrutinize their flaws, asking "Am I a good lover? A good mother? Successful in my career?" They get preoccupied with ways they do not measure up, twisting themselves into knots to fix problems no one else can see. The latest book from award-winning and bestselling psychologist Susan Nolen- Hoeksema shows women how to break this cycle—by discovering and utilizing their unique psychological strengths.
Infidel by Ayann Hirsi AliIn this profoundly affecting memoir, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West.One of today's most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following an Islamist's murder of her colleague, Theo van Gogh, with whom she made the movie Submission.

Today is the start of the Canada Reads program on CBC radio.
You can hear the show at 11:30am and 7:30pm on CBC radio one.
Simi Sara is defending Good to A Fault by Marina Endicott
Absorbed in her own failings, Clara Purdy crashes her life into a sharp left turn, taking the young family in the other car along with her. When bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer, Clara—against all habit and comfort—moves the three children and their terrible grandmother into her own house. We know what is good, but we don't do it. In Good to a Fault, Clara decides to give it a try, and then has to cope with the consequences: exhaustion, fury, hilarity, and unexpected love. But she must question her own motives. Is she acting out of true goodness, or out of guilt? Most shamefully, has she taken over simply because she wants the baby for her own? What do we owe in this life, and what do we deserve? This compassionate, funny, and fiercely intelligent novel looks at life and death through grocery-store reading glasses: being good, being at fault, and finding some balance on the precipice.

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