By Patricia Chadwick

Thank you, Patricia, author of Little Sister, A Memoir for this terrific list.

 

A gem of a brand new book—The Barbizon, The Hotel That Set Women Free, by Paulina Bren. Quoting from the dust jacket: [It’s] “the first history of New York’s most glamorous women-only residential hotel and the remarkable women who passed through its doors.” Paulina Bren, is a professor at Vassar College and a regular book reviewer for Book Review – The New York Times. It’s a great read!! You can find out more about her at: www.paulinabren.com

 

OK – this one might not appeal to everyone, but if you’re a woman over the age of thirty, you should have a copy by the side of your bed. Screaming to Be Heard by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. She is knowledgeable, pragmatic and very reassuring about ways to think about hormones and hormone replacement.

 

A Woman of No Importance, The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II is brilliantly told by British journalist and historian, Sonia Purnell. It was the Amazon Editors’ pick for “Best History.” If you enjoy her writing, you may want to pick up Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill.

 

On the movie front, you must see Belfast. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, it is loosely based on his own childhood, growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1960’s. The characters are beautifully depicted, in particular 8-year-old Buddy (Jude Hill), “Ma” (Caitriona Balfe) and “Pa” (Jamie Dornan). I found myself both laughing and crying in the same scene. Don’t wait until the Academy Award nominations are announced in January—get thee to a cinema near thee now!