May 12, 2020

Jo Kuan is the gorgeous girl on the cover and she’s got a lot going on. She was just fired from her job at the milliner’s making hats (her passion) so she is forced to work as a lady’s maid to a truly awful girl her own age. She secretly lives (and has always lived) with an elderly Chinese man (her adoptive father) in an abandoned cellar beneath the home of the local newspaper man and his family (which includes his clever teenage son). And she’ll go to any lengths to discover the true identity of her parents whom she has never known.

When she overhears the newspaper man and his son discussing t...

November 19, 2018

Every page of this book riveted me. Brazen is a stunning graphic collective biography that tells the story of 29 different women who blazed trails for women. Some are famous (Josephine Baker, Hedy Lamarr, Nellie Bly) but most are not. I had not even heard of nearly half of the women in this book. Their stories are fascinating. Their impact on society, undeniable. My favorite story was that of The Shaggs, a girl band from the late 60s who was truly awful. Like, they legit had no talent for writing, singing, or playing instruments. Yet, somehow, they influenced some of our greatest musicians, in...

September 28, 2017

Moxie girls fight back!  Inspired by her mother (a Riot Grrrl from the 90s), quiet, “good girl”, Viv, decides to take matters into her own hands when she can no longer stand the way the football guys are worshipped and allowed to grope girls and wear shirts that say things like, “Shut up and make me a sandwich”  while girls are shamed at her Texas high school.  This book is full of grrrrl power - girl friendships (girls choose friends over boys!), girl partnerships (even with those not in their social circles!), and feminism.  Feminism is often such a misunderstood, loaded word - for both guys...

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