Reading Recommendations from the Penn Libraries

Home Fires: the Story of the Women’s Institute in the Second World War by Julie Summers (June/July 2017)

"Summers explores the rich history of women who rallied together to keep the British home front running during WWII, all while breaking down barriers of class and gender inequality. Their selflessness and compassion is still a poignant and timely example for today..."

The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines" by Mike Madrid (April/May 2017)

"Madrid does a nice job acquainting us with [female comic superheros] and many more characters and explain how and why they either succeeded or failed to stay in our hearts and minds..."

A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (February/March 2017)

"Because delivering mothers were required to report the identity of the father to the attending midwife (so that the cost of raising the child wouldn’t fall to the community), Martha was uniquely positioned to learn and record details about the intimate lives of those in the area..."

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (December 2016/January 2017)

"This holiday season, I welcome you to take a detour to an area rarely visited in literary or popular fiction and baste in the surprising delights that await you..."