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What is everyone reading?

Hello everyone...
I know we were working through Half the Sky, and I am just wondering where everyone is with their reading, and what you are reading?
I just finished The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz a few weeks ago, and absolutely loved it. I know it is one of the books highlighted on the World Pulse site. For me, it was very insightful, especially starting a non-profit and a social for-profit business. Ms Novogratz shared her experience as a young woman, and growing through the years through all of the complexities, beauty and disappointments that can accomapany being involved in work of this nature.
I learned A LOT about the business side of things, and taking away some of the naivete when getting involved in other people's lives from my western point of view...however genuine intentions can be.

Our business, In Her Hands, has the opportunity to receive some funding to then pass onto another organization working closely with young women from a local theatre group. This group consists of five women doing a dramatic presentation of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. They have chosen MotherKind to be the receptor of the donations that they give back into the community from ticket sales. We are looking into a couple of projects right now that help to get girls menstrual products who otherwise are missing, and dropping out of school for several reasons, but one being the fact that they have their period every month with little access to adequate supplies.
So....being a book entry...I just read the Vagina Monologues yesterday for the first time, since I thought I should at least have a clue what is going on when we show up to sell product at the event. I am still processing what I read. That is a whole other entry I think. but, it is amazing what women are willing to share and begin thinking about when given the opportunity to respond, especially since it is such a taboo thing in most places.
Even writing vagina is a really controversial thing in some ways...I sent an e-mail to one of the women in the theatre group through her work e-mail and it was censored, rejected and sent back to me because it contained the "V" word.

Anyway. Would love to hear what everyone is reading...I need a new book :)



Starland's picture

Hi Darcey

Thanks for the heads up on The Blue Sweater. I'll get it. The Vagina Monologues are going to be presented here in a nearby little town in Texas, USA. The local center for abused women from domestic violence is sponsoring it. I look forward to seeing it - again. I saw it presented by professional actors a few years ago. Powerful doesn't begin to describe it.

I just read The Case of the Exploding Mangoes, Walking on Fire and am currently reading Half of a Yellow Moon. All excellent reads.

K-lee 3709

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

Darcey's picture

looking forward to it.

Hi K-lee

I hope that you enjoy the Blue Sweater...someone that I met through World Pulse recommended it last spring, but I was very inspired and was one of those books I just couldn't put down.
I will check out the other books as I am able...I remember reading about them on the site, and hope to find some locally.

I am looking forward to seeing the performance. I think this one here was once associated with the local women's shelter as well, and now they do it independently. I believe the woman I know that recommended us for the funding said that it usually sells out every year.

Thanks again for the recommendations!

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

Greenfingeredgirl's picture

New Reads

Hi Darcey,

Saw your post and also just encountered a new book that sounds interesting. Its called 'Working in the Shadows'.

Civil Eats posted a nice summary/review-

Cheers, Kate

ellen's picture

New reads

Hi Darcey,
I'm currently reading Walking on Fire, which given everything that has transpired in Haiti makes the stories all the more poignant. I also read Half of a Yellow Moon, which I do recommend.

I saw the Vagina Monologues performed by Eve Ensler and it was incredibly inspiring, moving and horrifying at the same time. It's an amazing work and should be seen by people everywhere.

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Hi Darcey,

Thanks so much for sharing with us the exciting things going on with In Her Hands and the Vagina Monologues. I am interested in hearing more about how it all progresses. I've never read the Vagina Monologues before either, and think it may be time. There is so much taboo associated with the word "vagina". I appreciate your thoughts on the matter.

Thanks for starting this thread. We needed a good jump start, thank you for initiating it. Originally the plan for March/April was to read "Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance". I don't know if everyone was able to find it though. K-lee you found it and read it? That's great! I have a copy and am not too far in yet. How about you all?

It sounds like everyone is reading interesting books, and wants to discuss. Maybe what we should do is create posts, titled for the books read, and then we can all comment on them. That way the discussion can go on for as long as we wish. Like a thread discussion.

So for example, K-lee could start a discussion post in the Book Club titled "The Case for the Exploding Mangos", and then everyone who has read it can comment. Or, I could also create a list of books that have been read "Half the Yellow Moon", "No Woman, No Cry", etc. and create posts, and then everyone who wishes to comment can do so.

I know that Joan, in Kenya just received "Half the Sky". It took over 2 months to get there, but she finally received it. Yay!! And Nusrat and Khushbu received it somewhat recently also. I am sure they all will want to discuss the book when they finish.

I've heard "The Blue Sweater" is phenomenal. Let's see, what else...
There are some new books on the World Pulse Arts/Books page:

A Woman Among Warlords sounds interesting

There's quite a few books on the Arts/Books page that would be great reads.

I have heard "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson is incredible. Not written by a woman, but definitely pertinent to global issues, education, poverty reduction, and empowerment.

I came across "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder, and it sounds amazing.

I know this is a response to you Darcey, I may post it again as a feed thread too. Let me know your thoughts. Hope you are well!


Darcey's picture

easy, super fast

hey Jody

I already commented to what you said in another post, but as far as picking up a copy of the Vagina monologues...I read it while procrastinating on making dinner. It was so fast to go through...and I will likely read it again, but one sitting and I was done. So many different ideas....

loved all of your ideas in the post.


"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

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Hi everybody...thanks for your comments- that is so great. So, even though it seems to take some time to post on specific books we are reading, just by the fact I only posted this a few hours ago and there are several comments shows that our book club is alive and well. I love all of the suggestions. I am fairly limited at the moment to what the local library carries, since moving to a more rural area bookstores are few and far between. I am sure I could order, but funds are somewhat tight as well which can be a challenge to buying as many new books as I would LOVE to own.

Thanks for the comments on the vagina monologues...I got goosebumps Ellen when you wrote that you saw Eve Ensler perform it! Wow. It is one of those things that I had heard about for so long, but never took the time to actually pick up a copy and check it out. I am very interested to see what it will be like locally. There are a lot of strong women in the area, so I am sure the turn out will be good...but as I said I live in a rural area, so I think they have somewhat a difficult time actually finding businesses that are willing to put up the poster that clearly says The Vagina Monologues on it. Looking forward to it, will keep up a post about how it goes, and work on a post about the book as well, which leads me to....

Jody- great idea about the threads. I think it has been difficult to keep up with commenting on the books, going on a bi-monthly schedule with a certain book. If we can just keep discussions going, maybe with it a little looser it will be easier to keep up with being inspired with our comments on all of the different books people are reading.

Thanks for all of the ideas for books!!! I have to pick up something new soon. A friend gave me "Say You're one of them" for Christmas, and I am having a bit of a hard time getting into it. So, I need to put it away for another day.

have a great day/night/afternoon wherever you are in the world.

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

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Dear Darcey, It is really

Dear Darcey,

It is really great to hear from someone from book club.

I am reading Half the Sky right now. A wonderful book. I agree with Jody . You should start a post about The Vagina Monologues. I have been wanting to read the book from sometime now.

Start your post once you finish the book . I want to know more.



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Hi Nusrat

it was good to hear that you received Half the Sky. I am looking forward to hearing more thoughts on the book. I still will do a post on the Vagina Monologues, when I have some quiet time to myself to write my thoughts. I just saw it performed on the weekend, and seeing it live is the same experience, for me, as reading the book- takes a little time to process.

will be in touch again soon,
take care

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

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"Half The SKY"

Dear Darcey!

I have finished reading "Iran Awakening" and now reading Half the Sky. I have already post a book review after readign the book.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Darcey's picture

glad to hear from you

Hi Sunita

glad to see your post, and to hear about Iran Awakening. At a personal level, one of my midwives is from Iran and has been in Canada for a couple of years, so I am very interested to read a book about the country and then talk with her about it. I will look for it!
Looking forward to hearing your ideas and comments about Half the Sky.


"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

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