Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement by Kathryn Joyce. This book was both fascinating and disturbing. I wonder how those inside the Christian patriarchy movement would evaluate the book. It's definitely not boosterism, but it's also not a simplistic denunciation either.
The Weaker Vessel: Woman's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England by Antonia Fraser. A great read. Each chapter is self-contained and can be read by itself.
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. The movie Duchess is entertaining but I think the book is better--because it's real life, not Hollywood's simplified version of the Duchess of Devonshire. And if you're in the mood for a good documentary about one of her peers, Marie Antoinette, watch Marie Antoinette: A Film by David Grubin. Who knew that political cartoons played such a central role in the downfall of Marie Antoinette & Louis XVI?
Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America by Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-gooden. Just started the book, no comments yet.
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlson. Haven't got to this one yet...
Permission to Mother: Going Beyond the Standard-of-Care to Nurture Our Children by Denise Punger. Dr. Punger kindly sent me a copy for my lending library and I've been enjoying re-reading it. (I purchased the e-book a few years ago).
And a shout-out to a few other books that I've enjoyed in the recent past:
The Food of Love: The Easier Way to Breastfeed Your Baby by Kate Evans. Love love love her cartoons and drawings and writing. As long as you keep in mind that it's written by a mum for moms, not as a technical breastfeeding advice book (although it does have great technical information), you will love it. It will make you laugh and cry and laugh again.
Who's Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers edited by Yvonne Bynoe. Mothers from all walks of life talk about what it's like. The stories were definitely picked for their diversity and their distance from mainstream mothering experiences.