Friday, April 26, 2013

"Seeing Like a Feminist" and Other Books I've Been Reading

If you haven't read Seeing Like a Feminist yet, you totally should. Here's what I say on Women's Web:
Does this qualify as a review: read this, read this, read this? 
Seriously, Nivedita Menon’s Seeing Like a Feminist is an excellent book that we all ought to read. I’d read much praise of this book and was hoping it would live up to the hype, and it totally did. I’m a hardcore feminist; it had me nodding along and gave me something to think about. If you aren’t one, but are perturbed at the recent spate of violence against women, this book has answers to questions like...
Read the rest of my review here, and then go buy the book!

I have been reading this other book in the Posadas County series and I loved it so much I finished it in one night. Twice Buried* again features the old undersheriff, Bill Gastner, and his protégé Estelle Reyes-Guzman. The mystery itself was fun if not excellent, but some things were so amazing. Gastner calls Reyes-Guzman for help with a case (though she doesn't work with him anymore). She has just had a baby boy and she's across the border (the series is based in a tiny town in New Mexico), but she drives over with her husband and baby to help. Her husband gets busy with the hospital (he's a doctor), and she bundles the baby up and carries him on her back as she goes investigating. So they're digging up a dead body -- one old man, one recently pregnant woman, and one young policeman -- and the first two are taking turns taking care of the baby while the other works. At one point, Gastner is holding the baby and it poops, so she finishes what she's doing and takes the baby and changes it.

It was one of the coolest things I've ever read. The characterization of Estelle is awesome: she's not sexless, she's definitely a woman, even feminine in many ways. But she's tough and she's great at her job and no one (especially Gastner) seems to respect her less or treat her condescendingly.

It's such an unexpectedly feminist series.

Also, Twice Buried is only Rs. 158* right now on the Kindle.

I also read this book (My Life, My Rules):  but I hated it, so only click here if you want to read a scathing (and hopefully, funny) review.

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