Summer reading….

One of my favorite feminist bloggers in the world (literally–she’s based in Australia) is Blue Milk.  She contacted me a few months ago about a new anthology that features her writing called The 21st Century Motherhood Movement: Mothers Speak Out on Why We Need to Change the World and How To Do It.  She asked if I’d review it here, for the delight of my many radical readers.  After I choked down my jealousy and assured myself that someday, SOMEDAY I will receive a letter from a publisher than is not a kindly worded rejection, I agreed.  Heh.  Seriously though, it is great pleasure to spread a little more feminist mom love in the world.  When the package arrived I even posed Miriam with it, in what will be a Radical Housewife tradition (see my post on Gloria Feldt books from January).


Looks great, huh?  I couldn’t wait to open it up.  My beach reading had arrived!  Until…

Holy crap, Miriam said!  Did you catch how THICK this mother (no pun intended) flippin’ book is?  School may be in session Down Under, but around these parts I’m on call 24/7.  Kids can’t be expected to entertain themselves in the 21st century, you know.  Elliott needs to be reminded several times a day that he has books and toys in his room that were purchased to alleviate what he claims is his soul-killing boredom.  Then there’s the constant bicycling from park to wading pool to garage sale, the hours in the car driving to waterparks and nature centers and museums and….

I’m sorry.  I can’t read real books in the summertime.  This is as intellectual as I get:


School’s in session on Monday, August 29.  I should get my brain back online somewhere around Labor Day (that’s September 5, for all non-Yanks).  Thanks for your patience, fellow readers!

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"With The Radical Housewife, Shannon Drury shares her journey as a stay-at-home mother and activist, filling in a wide gap within the feminist sphere. Drury not only takes the reader through her own feminist awakening and activist career, but also provides a bit of Feminist 101, reviewing the history of US feminism in an easily accessible way. A mixture of unflinching honesty and snarky humor, this book serves as a necessary reminder that mothers are an integral part of the feminist movement, despite not always being recognized as such." --Avital Norman Nathman, editor of The Good Mother Myth