Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve Valentine appears in the following:

A 'Portable' Overview Of A Complex, Compelling History

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers, thoughtfully edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins, is a rewarding read that reminds us the past isn't a single story.

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How Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood 'Off The Cliff'

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Becky Aikman's new book is a fierce, funny chronicle of the making of Thelma & Louise — the Hollywood forces arrayed against it, and the effect it had on the industry on both sides of the camera.

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'Democracy In Chains' Traces The Rise Of American Libertarianism

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Nancy MacLean's book stretches back to 19th century Vice President — and ardent secessionist — John C. Calhoun to find the roots of modern libertarianism, which she calls a threat to democracy.

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'Opening Wednesday' Dusts Off Some Overlooked Cinematic Treasures

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Charles Taylor's new book collects his writings about cult classics of the 1970s — films like Two-Lane Blacktop, Vanishing Point and Foxy Brown — and what they say about the culture of that era.

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In 'Beyond Respectability,' A History of Black Women As Public Intellectuals

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Brittney C. Cooper's history of black women thinkers traces decades of struggle against racism and misogyny. It's a crucial cultural study and a dense, serious read that rewards close attention.

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We Have Always Been Bored — 'Yawn' Wonders Why

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mary Mann's new book digs into a phenomenon as old as humanity: boredom. Why do we get bored? Is there a cure? Yawn is a thoughtful read, but its mix of autobiography and scholarship doesn't jell.

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Actions Can Have Horrifying Consequences In 'The Boy On The Bridge'

Saturday, May 06, 2017

M.R. Carey follows up his zombie apocalypse thriller The Girl With All The Gifts with a standalone story set in the same world, also featuring an unusual child and a crew of determined scientists.

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'The Radium Girls' Is Haunted By Glowing Ghosts

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kate Moore's account of the sufferings and struggles of the Radium Girls — factory workers who were poisoned by the glowing radium paint they worked with — reads like a true crime narrative.

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A Potent, Uneasy Blend Of Passion And Fatalism In 'The Woman Who Had Two Navels'

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No matter what's happening in this new collection of work from the late Filipino writer Nick Joaquin, it's probably already too late — but that doesn't stop his characters from struggling.

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'Where The Water Goes' Is Effortlessly Engaging — And Also Scary

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In Where the Water Goes, David Owen uses the history of the Colorado River to lay out the immense complexity of America's water situation, reminding us that both water and time are finite resources.

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Tale As Old As Time: The Dark Appeal of 'Beauty And The Beast'

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Disney's new live-action extravaganza is just the latest retelling of this classic fairy tale. But why do Beauty and her Beast have such a hold on us? And why are there so many versions of their tale?

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In '2140,' New York May Be Underwater, But It's Still Home

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kim Stanley Robinson envisions a future that's closer than we like to think in New York 2140. Sea levels 50 feet higher have swamped Manhattan, but there's a tiny thread of hope that we might float.

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'How To Read A Dress' Connects Centuries Of Women Through Fashion

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lydia Edwards gives a knowledgeable introduction to Western European dresses. It feels bare at times but Edwards is more interested in providing insights rather than an extensive history.

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'High Noon' Takes Aim At The Hollywood Blacklist

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Glenn Frankel's new book about the making of the classic Western sets its tumultuous production against the backdrop of the Hollywood "Red Scare," drawing parallels between celluloid and reality.

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'Mr. Seabrook' Might Be A Little Too Abominable

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Artist Joe Ollman's new The Abominable Mr. Seabrook is a biography of the Lost Generation travel writer (and sadist, alcoholic and cannibal) William Seabrook. But how much Seabrook can you stand?

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'Hidden Figures,' 'The Glass Universe,' And Why Science Needs History

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Women's contributions to scientific progress are often ignored — but two new books, Dava Sobel's The Glass Universe and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures are out to remedy that oversight.

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Ginger Rogers And The Case Of The Authorized Editions

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Before modern fan fiction, there were the Whitman Authorized Editions — a series of mystery novels from the 1940s and 50s that "starred" real movie stars, like Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney.

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Remembering Sheri S. Tepper, Eco-Feminist Sci-Fi Firebrand

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Tepper wrote several classics of '80s sci-fi, but she's curiously unknown today. Her work is didactic and often uncomfortable, mixing eco-feminist politics with gripping characters and world-building.

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I Shall Faint: 'Unmentionable' Unpacks Victorian Womanhood

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Therese Oneill's new Unmentionable is a snarkily informal history of the difficulty of being a woman in the Victorian Era, hemmed in from head to toe with countless rules about dress and manners.

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Ready, Set, Flake: Is 'Bake Off' About To Crumble?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The future of the smash-hit baking competition is in question after a move from the BBC to independent broadcaster Channel 4 prompted beloved hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins to step down.

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