Off the Stacks is a weekly-ish feature where I highlight a nonfiction book I’m curious about but will probably run out of hours in the day to actually read. I’m hoping that by highlighting titles this way, I can encourage other people to give the book a try, and, if it’s great, consider nominating it later this year for the Indie Lit Awards. Consider these books stamped with the “Sophisticated Dorkiness Seal of Curious Approval.”
Title: Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything For American Women
Author: Rebecca Traister
Publisher: Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Nonfiction Type: Narrative Nonfiction
Topics Covered: Politics, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, feminism, women, United States
What It’s About: The 2008 presidential election was a big one for a number of reasons, but the narrative this book focuses on is the role of women as candidates, spouses, and commentators. Traister, a reporter for Salon, offers an account of the election, covering a range of women including Sarah Palin, Tina Fey, Katic Couric, and Hillary Clinton and exploring the different reactions the candidates received throughout the election season.
Why I Want to Read It: It’s by a journalist! And Cass (Bonjour, Cass!) recommended it! I know my summary made the book sound a little dry, but I really don’t think it is. I’ve had my eye on this one since Cass reviewed it last year, and it made “Off the Stacks” because it came out in paperback this week, making it the perfect time to grab a copy and reflect on women’s changing role in politics as the next election starts to gear up (Already? Ridiculous, I know!).
Who Else Might Like It: Political junkies, women, fans of (or those curious about) The Boys on the Bus or Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972,
first- and second-wave second- and third-wave feminists