April is showering us with a plethora of new and highly reviewed fiction books! So much so that it took me a few days to narrow down the list for our Monthly Pre-Reads. Truly. Below are sixteen newly published or soon-to-be published titles; eight fiction and eight non-fiction. I typically scour Baker and Taylor’s vault as well as Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Review, Library Journal, and Amazon for reviews and suggestions. Thus all summaries and reviews below are directly taken from these publications. I try to make sure a variety of genres and subgenres are represented. In full disclosure, I have not read any of these but there are a few I placed on My-To-Read-List. At the moment I am reading the Bostonians by Henry James, the classic is far from newly published, but I digress. Get your quill and paper ready to jot down some new titles! Take your list to the local bookstore or library to request for purchase. Yes, I encourage this “pester-some” activity in my readers. Always, an informed patron than an uninformed one, I say! Which titles are you most interested in?
The third installment of The Standard Designer, the periodical I purchase with help from Senora M, my soon-to-be-mother-in-law, three months ago. Here are another eight pages (not image scans, as you can obviously tell) from the June 1896 edition of The Standard Designer. The pages are frightfully delicate and the edges deteriorate at a mere touch. So the quality of the physical magazine is rather poor. It has been mentioned a child used this antique as a coloring book at one time, *cringe!* so there may be marker bleeds on some of the pages. Nevertheless, the drawings are a joy and a real source of inspiration for me. I am already concocting outfits in my mind. Here they are. Enjoy, Dear Readers!
Seneca Falls, New York is known as the birthplace of the women’s civil rights movement back in 1848. It is near the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. Hundreds of women and their male supporters attended what is now known as the First Women’s Rights Convention at Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on a warm’s summer’s day. It is also known as the Seneca Falls Convention. Leaders of the suffragette movements such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were in attendance. Fredrick Douglass was also there arguing passionately for the cause and the women’s right to vote. Together with the multitude present they drew up the Declaration of Sentiments going into detail comprehensive grievances and specific resolutions. About 100 people, or about a third of the convention signed the document.
If I recall correctly, one of my female ancestors from my father’s side of the family attended the convention! Do not quote me on that, however. I shall have to dreg up the files and email the family historian again to confirm, but still the prospect there was a staunch feminist in the family is a point of pride. I recall visiting the Finger Lakes once for a big family reunion when I was very young, but my immediate family never made it over to Seneca Falls.
Women’s Rights or the feminist movement did not start in the 1960s nor is it just a “celebrity cause” of Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette, and Emma Watson. It has deep, deep roots. It is not even a 19th century institution but the Seneca Falls Convention was the first American version on a national scale.
Huzzah to great women everywhere!
More can be found at the Women’s Hall of Fame at www.greatwomen.org