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Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I've always been fascinated with tales of life on the frontier. I imagined covered wagons rolling slowly across the country, crossing windswept plains and forests tangled and brimming with life, fording creeks and circling up around a camp fire. Especially as a child, I would devour anything on the subject. Laura Ingalls Wilder was a hero in my eyes, and I read each of the Little House on the Prairie books with an eagerness that bordered on impatience. I needed to know what it was like to live in that era, so different from my own. As an adult my literary tastes are more diverse, but I still retain an appreciation for that era, particularly when considering the fact that Wilder grew up traveling in a covered wagon, but eventually endured both world wars and lived to see Elvis, broadcast television and commercial airline flights.

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Review of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science by Rachel Swaby

The disparity between male and female professionals in working in STEM fields is a well known problem in modern American society. According to statistics from the US Department of Commerce, in 2009 women made up 48 % of the overall workforce, but held only 24% of jobs in STEM fields. While the precise reasons for such a wide gap are not entirely understood, there are a number of obvious problems (females in STEM fields earn an average of 12% less than their male counterparts) and a number of obvious solutions to help correct the issue in the years to come. In Headstrong, Rachel Swaby attempts to provide one such solution by highlighting 52 female role models who made significant contributions to all the various STEM fields, many of whom are Nobel winners and trailblazers in their respective areas of interest. 

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The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

I've known of Jon Ronson for awhile. Over the past year or two I happened to catch a few odd clips of him on NPR, but I never caught his name, or the titles of his books. I caught just enough of his interesting stories and distinctive voice to be intrigued, but never quite enough to find him on the internet. And then, entirely by chance, Amazon did me a solid favor by sliding The Psychopath Test into their recommendations. I scooped it up in a sale on Audible, promptly listened to it, and have already moved on to So You've Been Publicly Shamed. Obviously, I'm enjoying Ronson's work. So much so that I've put my reading as well as some home remodeling on hold to write a quick review. 

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12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Book Recommendations

For the 6th day of Christmas, I'm offering a list of book recommendations. Hopefully everyone will get a little bit of time to relax and curl up with a good book during the holidays, and for anyone who isn't quite sure what that book will be, here is a handful of my personal favorites. These will not be Christmas themed, nor are they necessarily from the last year.

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Book Review: The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin

The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin


My experience with The Invisible Woman began by accident. I was meeting someone in a bookstore. They happened to be late, so I began perusing the shelves. The lovely cover stuck out, and having no idea what it was, I picked it up and read through the first few pages. I was so interested by it that I immediately took it to the counter, and in doing so, almost missed my friend's arrival. (Woops.)

Before discussing my feelings on it, I will offer the disclaimer that my experience with Charles Dickens is minimal and I have not seen the movie adaptation of this book. I'm not a Dickens scholar. I've only read bits of his work here and there through school and I've never studied any of his biographical information, though I do intend to read Tomalin's companion biography of Dickens at some point. Rather than being intrigued by the behemoth reputation of Dickens, I was drawn to The Invisible Woman primarily because it offered an outsider's perspective on such a legendary literary figure. History so often forgets the women, and I find attempts to rectify those omissions irresistible.

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