Welcome to The Bookies' Latest Update!                          March 21 2017 Issue 2
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March is Women's History Month!
And we thought we'd celebrate with an issue all about women.

The Bookies Bookstore is a woman-owned business, staffed largely by women. Forty-five years ago, our owner, Sue Lubeck, started the business in the basement of her home. Sue fits perfectly into the overall theme of this year's Women's History Month:
Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business. The National Women's History Project, sponsors of the month, are honoring women who challenged accepted roles and progressed women's rights in the workforce, pointing out that: "While each Honoree is extraordinary, each is also ordinary in her own way, proving that women business and labor leaders can and should be considered the norm."

The same can be said of woman writers. When the Bronte sisters and George Eliot were writing, they all chose men's names to increase their chances of being published. When their identities were revealed there was great surprise. Wuthering Heights in particular was considered too brutal a novel to have been written by a woman, particularly a clergyman's daughter.

But women, of course, can do, or write anything. Which is why we've decided to make this newsletter all about the female writers, and characters, we admire.  
Artistic Statement

Loganberry books
We are in awe of the effort made by Loganberry Books in Ohio, who rearranged their books so that only those written by women appeared with their spines outward. Those written by men were turned the wrong way around.
The store discovered that, somewhat to their own surprise, only 37% of their books were written by women. We admired not only the statement, but, as fellow booksellers, the hours of work that must have gone into making it. 
With Love From the Women of The Bookies Bookstore---Our Favorites By and For Women
Dancing Fish and Amonites 
I recommend Dancing Fish and Amonites: A Memoir by Penelope Lively.  It is a look back at a life devoted to books as well as a wonderful portrayal of aging.  

Also, West With the Night by Beryl Markham, another memoir (which is weird, because I seldom really like memoirs). Markham's
West With the Night 
early years are the subject of Paula McLain's latest novel, Circling the Sun, but the true story of the remarkable Markham makes for a breathtakingly beautiful adventure story. She was the first person, not just the first woman, to fly across the Atlantic from east to west, a much more difficult feat than that accomplished earlier by Lindbergh.  

The Dark Flood Rises 
I'm well into Margaret Drabble's newest novel, The Dark Flood Rises, and find her writing, as always, witty, wry, and prescient. Seeing the dark flood at the end does nothing to negate the journey through the last years of life, especially when the elderly English folk who people the novel are occasionally juxtaposed with expatriate life in the Canary Islands where Circe once promised Odysseus eternal life. No one but Drabble could keep this melange above the flood as the waters rise. Fran Stubbs is a heroine for the ages!

We also stock both a biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a memoir by Sonia
Mi mundo adorado 
Sotomayor, My Beloved World /Mi mundo adorado, both inspirational women. And Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is an engaging book for adults and high school students interested in women in science. Dava Sobel's latest book, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, will inspire all readers with the story of the women who classified the stars.

Susan T.

The Invention of Wings 
Our book club recently read The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. It is historical fiction about the Grimke sisters who were raised in the South during slavery. I had never heard of the Grimke sisters, but they went on to become prominent abolitionists who eschewed the traditional roles of women in society. A good read.    


Rad Women
I was very impressed with Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! by Kate Schatz. It was interesting to read about these women who accomplished amazing things. Many of the featured women are not well known. It's very appealing visually, with pictures on one side and a page of information on the other. 

Sue G.
Girls Think of Everything
For any girl over about seven, I love Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by  Melissa Sweet  and  Catherine Thimmesh. You'll be amazed by the inventions women have come up with over the years; and the ones that we're still using today. I just love this book!

Maybe this is a strange choice, and it's certainly an old book. But for me, feminism is as much about the everyday as the bigger picture. Piggybook by Anthony Browne is a picture book that asks a very important question: why should women do everything in the home? When Mrs. Piggott gets fed up with her chauvinist husband and sons, she walks out, and the lazy men find themselves literally living like pigs. Fun illustrations foreshadow the future--spot the pigs on every page. And I love what happens when Mrs. Piggott comes back...

Lab Girl
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is a memoir that deals with a woman's career as she rises to the position of tenured professor with her own lab, at a time when the scientific research career path was mostly followed by men. The book also details her personal life and struggle as she grows into a scientist. Enjoyable read!

Here We Are
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World is an amazing new collection of feminist perspectives from modern women; ladies laying it out like it really is. YA authors talk about the push-back they get for writing about rape in their novels, a young poet speaks about the missing lessons teachers don't teach in school, there are pieces about women and likeability, body shame, and the 'nice girl' epidemic. I enjoyed this so much! So many voices, styles and
The Woman I Kept to Myself
perspectives! I recently recommended it to a dad whose teen daughter was dealing with the cliques at school, bullying, and growing up as a young woman. I also adore T he Woman I Kept to Myself, a collection of poems by Julia Alvarez. The poems are autobiographical as she looks back at her life and explores how she has become the woman she is. 

Brand New!
Dear Ijeawele
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
When you write to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to ask how to raise your baby daughter as a feminist, this is what you get in return. These fifteen suggestions are a fantastic way to start raising a strong and independent woman. You can start by being open about everything, including sexuality, and ignoring the pressure on women to 'be nice' or hang out in kitchen. A great follow-up to the immensely popular We Should All Be Feminists. Adichie's Americanah has just been voted as the book most New Yorkers would like others to read by the One Book, One New York initiative.

Picture Book Set on Women
Girls are never too young to learn about how important they are in the world, or about the women that helped to give them the rights they have today. Here are some of our favorites for young girls (and boys, because they need to learn this too).

My Name is Not Isabella
Jennifer Fosberry
Who do you want to be? A little girl dreams about the future

I Dissent! 
Debbie Levy
Ruth Bader Ginsberg's story from childhood to icon, dissenting all the way!

I Dissent

Ada Twist, Scientist
Andrea Beaty
Curious Ada carries out experiments to find the source of a mystery smell.

Ada Twist_ Scientist

Grace For President!
Kelly S. Dipucchio
Grace decides to become the first female president!

Grace for President_

Malala: Activist for Girls' Education
Raphaele Frier
How one girl stood up for her right to a good education


Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!
Ruth Spiro
The little girl in this book really proves that you're never too young!

Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering

DC Super Heroes: My First Book of Girl Power
A board book celebrating the power of DC's women

My First Book of Girl Power

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles
Mara Rockliff

Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves

Staff Thank You Book
Something different...
We hope you enjoyed our women-only edition. The men will be back in in our next edition!

Most of the books featured above are in stock, but remember we are always happy to order for you.