My Passions: books, books, books!

My Challenges: writing, age, social inequalities, time, caretaking, self assertion

My Areas of Expertise: Master's degree in Liberal Studies, concentration in Feminist Literature, Graduate Ctr, City University of New York

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Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and you will find this to be a positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!




Welcome to the PulseWire community. We are happy to have you here with us. Be sure to check out the Groups section to join groups and find others that share your interests and passions, the Voices Rising section to read other women’s stories, and all the other resources that are here for you. I look forward to hearing from you here on PulseWire. I would love to chat with you about books and find out what you recommend! Once again, welcome to our community! Nicole

Hello Nicole,

I'm still navigating Worldpulse/Pulsewire and finding my voice among the many articulate voices here. Thanks for making me feel welcome. When you have a chance, I invite you to browse my personal library on My catalog and personal profile URLs are listed below on my PulseWire profile. Again, it's good to be welcomed!

sincere regards



It's exciting to have you here and to learn a bit about you. We all get a little more empowered when more voices join the choir! Please feel free to share your thoughts, stories and encouragement. Hopefully you enjoy becoming a part of this global community.

I look forward to seeing more of you online and hearing more of your voice.

Listen. Engage. Have Fun!

Regards, Maria

A woman after my own heart- book lover and midwesterner. I hail from Kansas City (Missouri side) myself. I love love love the midwest- corn fed and restless.

What books are you reading? I am currently reading The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. It is definitely a very good book. Another very very good book I have read recently is Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- it is going down as one of my favs along with On Beauty by Zadie Smith, which I read about four years ago. What are some of your favorite books?

I see that you concentrated in feminist liturature- any recomendations from that genre? Insecure at Last by Eve Ensler is a book I read recently that I thought to be very profound yet simple (believe it or not).

Ah! I have so much that I want to chat with you about. Let me know what books you are currently reading and perhaps share some of your thoughts on different books here in your journal.

Much Peace,


Hi Sharese--

I'm also a lover of the midwest--I tell myself I take it with me no matter where I am. I'm really happy to hear from another book lover too. I hope you had a chance to look at my library although it's rather daunting, more than 950 books. I cataloged everything when I first retired, even "Mr. Popper's Penguins" from when I was a child and all the books I read in my teens when I wasn't supposed to, but my library does contain a fair amount of feminist thinking. Instead of naming my root source feminists authors though, I'll list in no particular order of importance some of my present day readings: first and foremost Toni Morrison, not only all of her novels but her Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech and several of her non-fiction books, in particular, "What Moves at the Margin," then JM Coetzee's "Disgrace," Andre Brinks book, "Cape of Storms, The First Life of Adamastor" and any of his other books, Yann Martel's "The Life of Pi," "Not Me" by Michael Lavigne, The Space Between Us" by Thrity Umrigar, . These last are just a smattering of books I've been reading. I belong to two real time book clubs so I'm kept from what I'd like to read and enjoy by what I have to read and sometime enjoy. I'm also a rabid collector of used books from bookstore carts and so I have a large pile of to be read! Wishful reading!! Just realized I recommended more male authors than female authors. So I also have read "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, two of Marilynne Robinson Pulitzer Prize winner's books: "Gilead" and "Home" both of which take place in a small midwestern town in the early 60s. First time authors: Those Who Saved Us, by Sara ??, Tiny Clubs" by Geoff Weiss,. and "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan. Read Zadie Smith's book too and really liked it. Have Junot Diaz's book on the shelf TBR.

Thanks for posting to me. Hope my list isn't overwhelming. Sometimes my book hunger just has its way with me!

sincere regards