Women

There Once Was a Girl Named….

She Walks in BeautyI suspect there are poems written for every subject a person could imagine.  (Some more interesting than others.)  I love a recent collection I saw: Caroline Kennedy’s She Walks in Beauty.  The poems run the gamut from falling in love to breaking up; from love of clothes to love of work; from growing up to growing old.  It’s a beautiful collection that makes me delighted to be a woman.

 

Movie Stars with Something to Say

Put on Your CrownThe Day I Shot CupidA couple of really nice actresses have written some quick reads for women – perfect size for taking on a trip or sitting by the pool.  Jennifer Love Hewitt’s The Day I Shot Cupid is a practial guide on navigating the sometimes confusing path of dating.  Then, Queen Latifah has written

Two Portraits of the Poet as a Young Woman

Books by Poets

Mary Karr and Maya Angelou are talented authors of both poems and memoirs. With the remembered perceptions of a child and the skills of a mature artist these women recount the early years of their lives. These are honest stories about childhoods, not books written for children. The authors are plain spoken about the political and economic conditions they lived through, their sexuality and adolescence, so while they never lose the beauty and command of the language, the content of these memoirs is frank. This is to say that they are occasionally painful as well as joyful and celebratory. They are all well worth reading not only for their honesty, but also for their command of the language.

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