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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide - Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn A sweeping overview of the status of girls and women in the world. Filled with case examples (which the authors point out are more likely to engage people than statistics), but also interwoven with statistics and other more abstract data, this is a fast-paced but substantial introduction to social, medical, educational, and human rights inequities across multiple cultures. The focus, however, is on what works and what doesn't, some of which is surprising. With photos, case studies, and a good index, it is very readable and compelling. Because the content is often grim, it would be important to pair it with facilitated discussion in a classroom or book group.