What I’ve Been Reading

June 20, 2009 at 9:35 am 1 comment

The Few, the Proud: Women Marines in Harm’s Way: After a Feministing thread sparked a new blog on the military from a feminist soldier’s perspective, I had to pick jane’s brain for some good reads on women in the military. This was one of them. Sheldon embedded in Iraq in 2005 when she was already 70, so her narrative is often just as compelling as the stories women in the military tell her.

It’s Our Military, Too: Another jane recommendation, this time a series of essays on a wide variety of women’s experiences in the military, from the history of military nurses to being a lesbian soldier.

It Sucked and Then I Cried: I love dooce, so it’s no surprise that I loved this book. Much of the general content I’d already read on the website more or less as it unfolded, but it was really touching to re-read it all, and heartening to read Armstrong’s candid prose about her own depression and anxiety as I struggle with my own again.

White Mule: I picked this out completely on a lark from a used shelf at the Harvard Book Store. William Carlos Williams is one of the very few poets I can stand, and until that day I hadn’t even known he wrote any fiction, so I was excited about this one. Slightly less excited when I realized it’s part of a trilogy and not entirely free-standing, but now I’ll just have to track down the other two.

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  • 1. urdead2me  |  November 23, 2009 at 7:55 am

    RIP – Miriam Cohen, 101, was one of the oldest women to ever join the Marines. In fact, she was one of the 1st women to join, back in ’43 at age 35. She died on Veteran’s Day. The entire USA paid tribute, whether they knew it or not. http://urdead2me.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/rip-miriam-cohen/

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