Month: September 2013

In Honor of Banned Books Week

This week, many libraries are participating in Banned Book Week events, asking readers to talk about a book that is banned or threatened. The list is long and disappointingly filled with books I loved, from To Kill A Mockingbird to The Bluest Eye and many of Mark Twain’s masterpieces.  But the one book that I…

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Safe in Your Head Giveaway

Just in case you missed it, I am giving away 3 copies of Safe in Your Head for your reading pleasure, no strings attached, from now until October 31,2013. Don’t miss it: here is a link to Goodreads to enter to win. Goodreads Book Giveaway Safe in Your Head by Laura Valeri Giveaway ends October…

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Mesopotamia’s Hillary Clinton: Bold and Cunning Ninsun, Gilgamesh’s Strong-Willed Mother, Argued with Her God, Manipulated Enkidu, Protected Her Son in His Going to War, and Got What She Wanted

Originally posted on Prometheus Unbound:
How did ancient Mesopotamian women deal with their boys going off to war? Part 2 of the Gilgamesh Epic may give us some clues. Here we are introduced to Ninsun, Gilgamesh’s strong-willed mother. Ninsun systematically, and with a great deal of forethought and determination, did everything within her power to protect…

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