What You Missed Wednesday | March 14
By: Em Perper
This week’s What You Missed Wednesday includes books released on March 6 and March 13. Since March is Women’s History Month, all of these books are written by women. Swing by Curious Iguana and check them out!
The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss
Cue sirens! Elaine Weiss will be here in Frederick on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm at C. Burr Artz to celebrate Women’s History Month and her new book, The Woman’s Hour. Weiss takes us to Nashville, TN in 1920, the linchpin of the Nineteenth Amendment. There, we meet key players on both sides of women’s suffrage. This is narrative nonfiction at its finest, perfect for fans of Hidden Figures, The Witches, and Dead Wake. Don’t miss our event with Elaine and The Women’s Hour!
Delaware daughter Sarah McBride is the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, an organization dedicated to bringing equality to LGBTQ+ people across the United States. She was instrumental in bringing transgender equality to Delaware in the midst of great personal growth—and loss. McBride is an engaging storyteller, and her memoir is a beautiful call-to-arms.
The Hunger by Alma Katsu (PRH, $27)
An unnerving supernatural interpretation of the events of the Donner Party perfect for fans of Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Westworld and Anne Rice and Elizabeth Kostova.
Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism ed. Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan (IPS, $14.95)
Imagine a book with a table of contents that includes Elizabeth Acevedo, Kim Addonizio, Tyehimba Jess, Rachel McKibbens, Ada Limón, Mary Ruefle, and more. Now open your eyes—it’s real! If the all-star lineup somehow hasn’t enticed you, here’s what poetry superstar/queer icon Eileen Myles has to say: “Pick up this glowing book as you’re crawling through the rubble, and poem by poem and page by page you’ll begin to know that you’ll be okay. You’re in there, and so are your friends. You won’t starve, you’re safe and strong thanks to all these proud, funny, violent, trembling words.”
Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat’s Chronicle of America’s Long Struggle with Castro’s Cuba by Vicki Huddleston (W.W. Norton, $29.95)
Ambassador Vicki Huddleston lived in Havana during the terms of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and her fascinating memoir includes never-before-shared insights into life behind the “Sugar Curtain.”
Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead (Simon & Schuster, $25)
New York City in the ’80s and ’90s is the backdrop of this funny, moving mother-daughter story. Laura, the mother, comes from old money, and her daughter, Emma begins to chafe at the boundaries of the upper crust as she grows up.
It sounds like something out of a nightmare, but for science writer Abby Norman (and millions of other folks with uteruses), the pain and stigma surrounding endometriosis is all too real: “Something was stabbing Abby Norman from the inside… Even as her body withered, her hair turned gray and she dropped out of college because of her precarious health, Norman’s providers insisted she was imagining things.”
Registers of Illuminated Villages: Poems by Tarfia Faizullah (Macmillan, $16)
Award-winning poet Tarfia Faizulla’s second collection points its lens on violence, desire, identity, destiny, and destruction, both intimate and faraway. NPR says, “These poems open slowly, elegantly, cradling anger, compassion, and fear.”
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