This feature (for now in the custody of sarah.of.a.lesser.god) is our way of sharing those book titles, both fiction and nonfiction, that have been standouts in recent reading, and hopefully getting some from our readers in return. The focus is primarily, but not necessarily exclusively, on books concerning women and feminism, and/or written by female authors.
My Pick: The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey to the Nobel Peace Prize by Douglas Brinkley. I had read the first half of it about eighteen months ago, then put it aside to focus on schoolwork — but I didn’t pick it up again until earlier this month. (I decided to re-read the first half when I went back to the book.) While I read other books this month, I’m picking this one in part because of its subject.
SarahMC wrote about Carter’s statements on women’s rights, and it was heartening to read a great deal more about his commitment to equal rights and social justice in various fora. However, Brinkley is not writing a hagiography, and Carter’s post-presidential missteps are included along with his good works. I also learned a great deal about Carter’s remarkable mother, Lillian, who joined the Peace Corps at sixty-seven and traveled to India to take on the task of “teaching contraception to male workers and assisting with vasectomies” at a makeshift clinic; she studied Hinduism and became fluent in several local dialects, and was assiduous about not pushing her Christian faith on the Indian people. Lillian Carter said her time in India “meant more to me than any other thing in my life,” and the account of it was one of the best passages of Brinkley’s book.
So, having put in my two cents, what is everyone else reading and recommending these days?