Staff Picks: October 2011

One Thousand White Women : the Journals of May Dodd

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A fascinating story about May Dodd, a bright and cultured young woman living in the late 1800’s who was ahead of her time. Through a government program called “Brides for Indians” she gets sent to live with the Cheyenne Indians and tries to adopt their culture while still being true to herself. The author does an excellent job of combining history with an intriguing and imaginative story that was easy to read and hard to put down.

The Handmaid’s Tale

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Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale envisions a near future where the Republic of Gilead (formerly the USA) is controlled by religious leaders after a theocratic revolution in response to the degradation of society. Women were strictly controlled, had no jobs or money, and were assigned to various classes, one of which was the handmaids. Because of low population levels from wars and toxic waste, handmaids were responsible for replenishing the population. This novel is told through the handmaid Offred and her experience as life as a woman in the new republic.

The Kitchen Daughter

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Ginny Selvaggio, a twenty-something young woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome, finds great solace in cooking. After her parents meet an untimely end in an accident, Ginny discovers her ability to reach the dearly departed by preparing one of their handwritten recipes. The tale is engaging and helps the reader to understand the perspective of a person with Asperger’s Syndrome.