We’re always trying to keep our collection current and geared towards the needs of our students. To tie in with Women’s History Month events at the regional campuses, here are a few of the recent books we’ve added that deal directly or indirectly with women’s history and women’s issues today.
The story of cutting edge archaeological research that reconstructed the life of a Viking woman, Gudrid, who traveled to the New World 500 years before Columbus. Brown reconstructs a life that spanned—and expanded—the bounds of the then-known world. She also sheds new light on the society that gave rise to a woman even more extraordinary than legend has painted her and illuminates the reasons for its collapse.
Mighty Be Our Powers: a Memoir – Leymah Gbowee.
Gbowee, winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, founded the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia’s ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace—in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history.
Rachel Carson was one of the most important environmental reformers of the 20th Century. Her famous work Silent Spring awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the EPA and to the banning of the pesticide DDT. On a Farther Shore reveals a shy yet passionate woman more at home in the natural world than in the literary one that embraced her. William Souder also writes sensitively of Carson’s romantic friendship with Dorothy Freeman, and of Carson’s death from cancer in 1964.