My Year of Reading Memoir: Tangles by Sarah Leavitt

Thu., Mar. 23
I chose Tangles: A story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me by Sarah Leavitt. Tangles is 1) a graphic memoir, 2) was written by a woman, 3) was published in 2012 (just hitting the five year mark), and 4) has only 832 ratings on Goodreads. I feel really fortunate though that it fit my criteria, because Tangles turned out to be a profoundly affecting story of a daughter losing her mother and a mother losing herself.
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Yes, Women Are Funny

Wed., Mar. 22
When Women's History Month was approaching, I thought I was going to write about Gloria Steinem, leader of the second wave of feminism and co-founder of Ms. magazine. Her book, My Life on the Road (2015), is definitely worth a read. But I decided to focus on women who are living the lives that second wave feminists fought for. It is still a struggle in a man's world, even in Hollywood. But being a feminist doesn't mean you can't laugh.
Book cover for Guera by Rebecca Gaydos.

Giving Into an Ever-Changing Poetry Collection

Tue., Mar. 21
Floating somewhere between fantasy and reality, between the mind and the body, is Güera, the latest poetry collection from Rebecca Gaydos. Published in 2016, the book is divided into five distinct parts, including prologue and epilogue. What struck me initially was the sparseness of each page, made up of stanzas that read as prose instead of verse. However, as I began to read, the weight of each word became immediately apparent.
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An Interview with Olive Witch Author Abeer Hoque

Mon., Mar. 20
Abeer Hoque was born in Nigeria to Bangladeshi parents and moved to Pittsburgh when she was thirteen. She struggled to find her place in America, and eventually moved to Bangladesh on her own, where she still didn't quite fit in. She details her multicultural growing-up and coming-of-age story in a new memoir called Olive Witch. Abeer will be at CLP - Main on Wednesday to give a reading and answer questions, but I was able to catch up with her via email in advance of her event.
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Quick Review of Irish-American History

Fri., Mar. 17
Why are we all wearing green today? How is it that one particular ethnic group came to figure so fully—politically, culturally—in the American story, to the point that as a society we endorse the notion that “today, everyone is Irish”? It is an odd historical circumstance: papists finding not only freedom, but generating incredible prosperity in the WASPish land of the United States. The story…
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A Roller Coaster Ride with Cat Marnell

Thu., Mar. 16
While looking for books to read on Goodreads, I saw the cover for Cat Marnell's memoir, How To Murder Your Life. I had never heard of Marnell before reading her book. This is hands down one of the craziest yet interesting books that I've ever read. Half of the time that I was reading this I had to keep reminding myself that this is non-fiction because it reads like fiction.

Behind the Camera: 5 More Female Directors to Watch

Wed., Mar. 15
Last month I shared my love for director Ava DuVernay and her contemporaries, and since this month is Women's History Month I thought why not celebrate five more amazing female directors? This time around I'll be highlighting five independent filmmakers who truly have a singular vision and voice, and are examples of what adventurous cinema should aspire to be, both in the U.S. and abroad.
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No Cape Required

Tue., Mar. 14
When I was younger, I had this "bookazine" about famous women in history. It featured the Hollywood legends and award-winning singers that you would expect in that sort of thing but I loved reading the parts about women like Mata Hari, Marie Curie, and the other ladies who took tremendous risks to do things they were told they would never be able to achieve. This Women's History month, I wanted to challenge myself to find more of those kind of superwomen: the ones who dared to dream big and do amazing things, all without tights or a cape.
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Works for Me: WorkLaunch Career Connections and Workshops

Mon., Mar. 13
With spring on the horizon, it’s natural to think about renewal and a fresh start after a long, dreary winter. One part of this process might be a review of where you are in your professional life. If you are curious about pursuing new career opportunities, then consider taking part in the job search workshops, employer information sessions and one-on-one career counseling opportunities at the second annual WorkLaunch: Career Connections and Workshops event