How to Start, or Join a Social Action Book Club

This week two fellow BlogHer Contributing Editors (Virgina DeBolt and Elana Centor), and BlogHer co-Founder (Elisa Camahort Page), and me had a virtual book club call to discuss Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn....more

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Turn Your Book Club Into a Social Action Club with Kristof and WuDunn's Half the Sky

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, "lays out an agenda for the world's women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute."...more

Because Britt, it is something we as women need to address. It didn't get hits at my personal ...more

Fresh Pick is LOVING A LOST LORD by Mary Jo Putney

Loving a Lost Lord by Mary Jo Putney <!--break-->A passion begun in fantasy has become dangerously real - and completely irresistible. ...more

Frank McCourt- Angela's Son

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Radical Responsibility: Reading Stephen Cope's The Wisdom of Yoga Over the Summer

For some time now, I have been wanting to re-read Stephen Cope's The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living. This is Cope's second book, and I think it's even better than his first in a variety of ways. But this is not to be a book review. ...more

Henry James, My Dad, and Me

My dad and I have always been very close.  We love a lot of the same music and books- from the Rolling Stones to mysteries to comic books.  We're both journalists.  (He's a veteran newspaperman, and I'm getting started in newspapers, magazines and new media.) And we decided to read something together, blogging and Twittering about the book and our reactions. It starts here, with how we decided on a book. ...more

Bonding by Books

The first book club I belonged to was in Israel. There was a core group of seven women, originally from the US and England, who were living in the Tel Aviv area (most of us had been living there for years). In the summer months (which means May to October), we would meet monthly on the beach. We would take white plastic chairs from a beachside café and place them in a circle on the cooling sand steps away from the gentle waves of the Mediterranean. ...more

It's now officially on my to-read list. Growing up in NYC, for some reason I had it in my ...more

The Playdate Maker

I once saw Chris Rock speak the truth about modern marriages--women do all the work when it comes to maintaining some semblance of a social life for their mates. We go out and find women we'd like to hang out with, then bring our men along on an adult version of a playdate, where we coax them into starting their own conversation. "Look, Bill likes the Yankees, just like you!" ...more