Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Photos of Female Fighters.

Book Review for “Women on the Front Lines: Inside the Combat Units of the Israeli Army” by Debbie Zimelman.

Yes, this is a photography book, and yes, I've never reviewed one of these before. But you see... Debbie is a personal friend of mine. We were work colleagues for a while many years ago, just when she started to believe in herself as a photographer. I was sorry to see her leave, but glad she did so to follow her dream. Of course, like many photographers, there is always the need to work commercially to make ends meet, while pursuing their artistic dreams. I hope that I was able to encourage her at least a little bit on her journey by hiring her to photograph some of my family events. So, for me to see her publish a book of her photography was exciting for me personally. That she decided to make this about women in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) was heartwarming. It made me think of my own daughter’s army service, although she wasn’t a combat soldier. I remember that when my daughter was born, I dreamt that she would become a fighter pilot someday. That didn’t happen, but I’m still very proud of her service (as I am of my two sons’ service, as well). But hey! I’m supposed to be reviewing this book, not taking walks down memory lane, so here goes nothing! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday for April 23, 2019 - My first 10 Book Reviews!


Blogger didn't post this when I scheduled it for!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:
  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Going for the Second Chances

Book Review of “Old Baggage” by Lissa Evans.

It is 1928, and Matilda (aka Mattie) Simpkin is living with her old friend from her Women's Suffrage Campaign days, Florrie Lee (lovingly known as “The Flea”), and still giving lectures on the suffragette movement, and why it is still important. Yes, it has been 10 years since some women were given the vote, and soon all women will receive this right; but it still feels like their work with the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) is not yet done. When an old friend shows up after a long stay in Australia, spouting that the WSPU is dead, and the real future belongs to – believe it or not – fascism, Mattie realizes that the only way to keep up what she started back before the Great War, is to get them while they’re young, and of course, to start with girls!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Literary Musings: Biographical, Historical Fiction.

A New Trend or an Old Friend?

One of my friends, Barbara Probst, who is a member of the Facebook group In Literary Love with me, recently put up a post on that page asking the following question of the group:

“What does everyone think about this new hybrid genre that's a cross between fiction and biography—the novelization of a real person's life? Recent examples are "The Age of Light" (a novelized version of the life of Lee Miller) and "The Only Woman in the Room") (a novelized version of the life of Hedy Lamar), but there are tons of others out there! I think it started 20 years ago when "Girl with a Pearl Earring" was published, but seems to be everywhere now! Just curious about whether people like this kind of book or prefer "true" fiction?”