Karen Okamoto

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A Promise in Haiti

A timely book that will appeal to a general audience, although the title does not make clear that it is primarily about Haiti before the earthquake. The author's reflections on his internal struggles as a privileged American journalist in Haiti are honest, sincere, and refreshing. Curnutte writes of being influenced by James Agee and Walker Evans's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Recommended to those interested in foreign aid on a personal level and the lives of the poor in Haiti.

The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing

Al-Joundi manages to infuse humor into a disturbing narrative of brutality, war, and violence. The unconventional wisdom and feminist-leaning views of her father make this brief narrative a compelling and entertaining read that will appeal to a broad adult audience and to readers interested in women's rights.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

A revealing work that contributes to the literature on women under Afghanistan's Taliban regime.

The Backlash

An entertaining and engaging read for a general audience interested in current events and American politics. Also recommended for political science researchers.

Wanted Women

This original contribution to gender studies, cinema studies, and law enforcement history is recommended for college libraries and readers interested in historical representations of women in crime.

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