I would absolutely recommend this book. It was an invaluable education for me, as a young woman, to see the struggles and triumphs of previous generations and get some perspective on my own.
It shows many aspects of women's experiences across a broad spectrum of lifestyles, social class, and race. Wonderfully, it is not just about famous women, or women who were involved in the women's movement, but also offers snapshots of "ordinary" women living their lives in the midst of history. It is alternately funny, moving, and infuriating!
Sarah Vowell is a wonderful writer and storyteller. She has a charming and engaging voice that makes you want to befriend her. I really enjoyed hearing her read her own work—she has a great sense of humor, but she also clearly feels very deep emotion for the human beings behind these legendary stories. She makes you feel it, too.
This is a good book that becomes great listening thanks to a very skillful reading. Alan Sklar is like your witty drinking buddy who tells you the story of meeting Isaac Newton over a pint at the local pub.
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