Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Native Tongue (Suzette Hayden Elgin)

Loved it, loved it, loved it. An interesting piece of feminist science fiction with an exploration of how language defines and therefore creates our reality. It's also my favorite kind of science fiction - an extended counterfactual that explores an alternate reality where women are brought (forcibly) back to hearth and home and young boys now think the idea that women could be doctors or lawyers is a great joke.

Anyway, I got this from ILL so I didn't have time to read it as carefully as I wanted to - but I'll be ordering my own copy of this book (as well as the other two in the triology) very soon.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Birthmothers (Merry Bloch Jones)

I liked this book - think I would have probably enjoyed it even more if I hadn't read the girls who went away. The "good" thing is that both books picked up on the same major themes about first moms and their experiences, so it helps confirm the qualitative research.

While Fessler focued mainly on the social pressure for women during this era to relinquish, this book, I think, paints a fuller picture of the experience of being a first mom, the impact on different life area, etc. As an aparent, I also found the chapter on relating to a parents and surrendered children particularly interesting. 

I am glad I read it. I can't help but wonder what kind of books will be written about open adoption in twenty years.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sudden Prey (John Sandford)

This is one of my favorites since the first few I read. Big thumbs up for finally mixing up the plot a little. Wish they would have stretched out the relationship drama a bit more.