Book Review

Book Reviews, Musings / April 26, 2017

Review: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Title: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to LeadAuthor: Sheryl SandbergGenres: Biography & Memoir, BusinessPublisher: Knopf (March 11, 2013)Format: Hardcover (240 pages)ISBN: 978-0385349949My Rating: 4/5Let me start by telling you what Lean In is NOT: Sandberg’s part-memoir/part-feminist call to action/part-career guide is not a perfect, one-size-fits-all road map for every woman; it is not an all-encompassing solution to the very deep-rooted and complex issue of women’s inequality in corporate America and throughout the world; and it is not a book that claims to know, firsthand, the struggles of the underprivileged or racial minorities.Sandberg makes clear that Lean In is just an opening dialogue to a much larger conversation.  She also acknowledges that her experience as a Harvard-educated, affluent, white woman is one of privilege, and she…

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Book Reviews, Musings / April 12, 2017

Review: Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani

Title: Trail of Broken WingsAuthor: Sejal BadaniGenres: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s FictionPublisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2015)Format: Paperback (370 pages)ISBN: 978-1477822081My Rating: 3.5/5 Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani deals with heavy themes of domestic abuse and the emotional and physical destruction left in its wake.  With that in mind, I would not say that I enjoyed this book, but rather that I considered it a meaningful, worthwhile read – moving, and at times, heartbreaking.At its core, Broken Wings is a character study, providing dark and vivid insights into the burdened lives of its central characters, their Indian culture, and their struggle to build and maintain relationships in America, beneath shadows of secrets and painful histories.The story unfolds in layers, with each chapter narrated from the point of view (sometimes first person, sometimes not) of three sisters, Sonya…

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