#FridayReads: Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang

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We’ve explored a lot of interesting women through our fall #FridayReads focus on great female biographies. And naturally more than a few of them were pretty powerful. And today’s focus is on the Empress Dowager Cixi in a biography by Jung Chang.  The incredible story of Cixi, who began as a 16-year-old concubine of Emperor Xianfeng and […]

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#FridayReads: Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss

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With all this talk about women in STEM and the abysmal numbers we sometimes forget that many of history’s greatest scientists were women. Yeah humankind hasn’t been awesome about how half the planet had social norms preventing them from pursuing their own lives and interests independent of men, but Marie Curie managed to be one of history’s greatest […]

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#FridayReads: Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? By Marion Meade

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Dorothy Parker was an American writer and satirist, best known for her wit and wisecracks poking fun at 20th-century urban foibles. Proof positive against the old chestnut about women and humor. Parker was founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, a success in Hollywood including two Academy Award nominations (which were were curtailed when her involvement […]

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#Friday Reads: DV by Diana Vreeland

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We’ve focused on some heavy hitters over the last month of women’s biographies from great rulers with mythic stature to a feminist icon is just mythic. So we thought this week on #FridayReads let’s go with someone who creates fantasies and suggest Diana Vreeland’s autobiography DV.  A mesmerizing autobiography of one of the 20th century’s greatest […]

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#FridayReads: Patti Smith’s Just Kids

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We continue with biographies and memoirs of interesting women this fall with our #FridayReads. Queen of punk Patti Smith’s blockbuster memoir (seriously it was all anyone could talk about it the year it came out) gets real about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe and the story of how she became an artist in New York City […]

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#FridayReads: Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

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With podcasting more popular than ever (it’s everyone’s favorite commute respite) we thought a turn back in time to podcasting’s precursor, ahem, radio might be a worthwhile read. And in our tradition of women authors here on Friday Reads we are tuning in (couldn’t help the pun) to Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford which brings to life […]

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