Reviews and Blog Posts: strong women

Oh, did that pass the Bechdel Test?

Miss Congeniality

While putting together a quick DVD display at the Ross-Broadway Library Branch this morning, I started thinking about the Bechdel Test. In case you have never heard of it, it's a simple test developed by a cartoonist in the eighties about women in film.

To pass the test a movie must have three things:

Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China

by Jung Chang

Reviewer Rating:
5

After seeing a reference in another book to someone named "Cixi", I couldn't help but look her up, admittedly mostly just to find out how to pronounce such a tricky word (turns out it's Tzu-hsi​), but I was then excited to learn that she was arguably the most influential woman...

Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul

by Mark Bego

Reviewer Rating:
5

I’ve loved Aretha Franklin since I was a kid and first saw her in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” My girlfriends and I made up a dancing/singing routine to the song “Respect”. She is the image of a strong woman who is a survivor and Mark Bego’s biography reinforces it.

Soulless

by Gail Carriger

Reviewer Rating:
5

Humorous Steampunk. The main character, Alexia Tarabotti has a sharp tongue and quick wit. I gobbled up The Parasol Protectorate series up like candy.

This is the first installment where we meet Alexia Tarabotti. She doesn’t fit the ideal of Victorian English womanhood. She is a spinster and is modeled after...

Who says women can't be doctors? : the story of Elizabeth Blackwell

by Tanya Lee Stone

Reviewer Rating:
4

When Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women weren’t supposed to become doctors. In fact, there were no women doctors. This is an inspiring picture book about an ordinary girl who does an extraordinary thing. Elizabeth Blackwell receives letter after letter of rejection from medical school until she is finally accepted...

The coldest girl in Coldtown

by Holly Black

Reviewer Rating:
5

After a full blown epidemic of vampirism swept across America and the rest of the world, vampires are accepted as just another danger of modern life. Most are quarantined in Coldtowns, but Tana knows the danger is real. One morning she wakes up after a sundown party to find her...

Soulless, the manga. Vol. 1

by Gail Carriger

Reviewer Rating:
3

Lots of folks have raved about Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, so I thought I'd try the manga version of the first book, Soulless. In it, we meet Miss Alexia Tarabotti, a preternatural, meaning that she can suck the supernatural out of werewolves, vampires, and the like. Her versioin of Victorian...

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