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International Women’s Day

March 6, 2015


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A selection of books in honor of International Women’s Day featuring fiction, and non-fiction stories by female authors, will be showcased to commemorate International Women’s Day at the John and Bonnie Buhler Library during the month of March.

The first official International Women’s Day was held in 1911. This year’s theme, for International Women’s day is “Make it Happen” encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women. For more information on International Women’s Day visit www.internationalwomensday.com

Here is a small sample of some of the excellent titles you will find on display this month:

Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood

In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning. – Google Books

In search of April Raintree by Beatrice Mosionier

Story of two Metis sisters placed as foster children in separate homes and their struggles in the search for identity. – Google Books

River where blood is born by Sandra Jackson-Opoku

A delicate tapestry unfolds within these pages, a story stitched together with the threads of Ananse, the spider of African myth, and the wisdom of the ancestors. The River Where Blood Is Born takes us on a journey along the river of one family’s history, from ancient Africa into today’s America.” “It is through the lives of Mother Africa’s many daughters that we understand the real meaning of roots… –BOOK JACKET

 

Also Check out these titles from the Red River College E-book Collection.

Changing Women, Changing Nation : Female Agency, Nationhood, and Identity in Trans-Salvadoran Narratives by Yajaira M. Padilla

changing womenChanging Women, Changing Nation explores the literary representations of women in Salvadoran and US-Salvadoran narratives during the span of the last thirty years. This exploration covers Salvadoran texts produced during El Salvador’s civil war (1980–1992) and the current postwar period, as well as US-Salvadoran works of the last two decades that engage the topic of migration and second-generation ethnic incorporation into the United States. Rather than think of these two sets of texts as constituting separate literatures, Yajaira M. Padilla conceives of them as part of the same corpus, what she calls “trans-Salvadoran narratives”—works that dialogue with each other and draw attention to El Salvador’s burgeoning transnational reality. Through depictions of women in trans-Salvadoran narratives, Padilla elucidates a “story” of female agency and nationhood that extends beyond El Salvador’s national borders and imaginings. – Google Books

 

Graphic Women : Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics by Hillary L Chute

graphic womenSome of the most acclaimed books of the twenty-first century are autobiographical comics by women. Aline Kominsky-Crumb shows women’s everyday lives especially through the lens of the body, Phoebe Gloeckner places teenage sexuality at the center of her work while Lynda Barry uses college and empty spaces to capture the process of memory. Marjane Satrapis Persepolis experiments with visual witness and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home meticulously incorporates family documents to re present the past. These five cartoonists move the art of autobiography and graphic storytelling in new directions particularly through the depiction of sex gender and lived experience Hillary L. Chute explores their interplay of words and images and counterpoint of presence and absence Intertwining aesthetics and politics these women both rewrite and redesign the parameters of acceptable discourse. – Google Books

 

Women Matter : Femmes Matiáere: French and Francophone Women in the Material World. By Long, Imogen and Allison, Maggie

430788_coverBased on papers given at the biennial Women in French conference held in Leeds in May 2011. Drawing on a range of interconnecting disciplines and forms of cultural production, it explores the relationship between French and Francophone women and the material world. –WorldCat