What We Are Reading Today: Women’s Work

Updated 12 April 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Women’s Work

  • Stack has reported on war and terrorism from 22 countries since 2001

Megan Stack’s Women’s Work is an interesting book as it combines the angst of new mothers with the added burden of raising children in alien cultures.

Stack has reported on war and terrorism from 22 countries since 2001.  She was most recently Moscow bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.

“Women’s Work is an unforgettable story of four women as well as an electrifying meditation on the evasions of marriage, motherhood, feminism, and privilege,” said a review published in goodreads.com.

“Her feelings toward the women who run her house and raise her children bring her to the writing of this fascinating book, part memoir, part journalistic investigation about the lives and families of the women who raise hers,” it added. “This is a must for every woman to read and will spark discussions in seminars and book groups.”

Memoirs about motherhood are exceedingly common, but Women’s Work dares to explore the labor arrangements that often make such books possible, Jennifer Szalai said in a review published in The New York Times.

What We Are Reading Today: One Giant Leap

Updated 17 July 2019

What We Are Reading Today: One Giant Leap

Author: Charles Fishman

President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the US should land a man on the Moon by 1970. No group was more surprised than the scientists and engineers at NASA, who suddenly had less than a decade to invent space travel.
Fifty years later, One Giant Leap is the sweeping, definitive behind-the-scenes account of the furious race to complete one of mankind’s greatest achievements, according to a review published on goodreads.com.
It is a story filled with surprises — from the item the astronauts almost forgot to take with them (the American flag), to the extraordinary impact Apollo would have back on Earth, and on the way we live today.
Charles Fishman introduces readers to the men and women who had to solve 10,000 problems before astronauts could reach the Moon.
It is the captivating story of men and women charged with changing the world as we knew it — their leaders, their triumphs, their near disasters, all of which led to arguably the greatest success story of the 20th century.