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Memoirs from children of celebrities and politicians abound, but the offspring of our country’s leading intellectuals have been less effusive. That gap has started to close, however, thanks to Najla Said’s Looking for Palestine, a memoir from the daughter of the late Edward Said, the outspoken advocate for Palestine who single-handedly founded post-colonial studies. Said grew up with her Palestinian father and Lebanese mother on the Upper West ... Read More
In her guide for women looking to gain political office, Rebecca Sive argues for the necessity of such a book by opening up with the noteworthy statistics that, “Women occupy fewer than 20 percent of the seats in the U.S. Congress. Only 5 of our 50 states have women governors. And though thousands of women hold local and state offices, those percentages are dismal as well.” This lack of women in political office compelled Sive, who has served in ... Read More
  Filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (I Am Not a Hipster) directs this SXSW Grand Jury Award-winning drama about staffers at a group foster home who are dealing with emotional troubles of their own. The feature centers on Grace (Brie Larson), who directs the facility, and her coworker-slash-adoring-lover Mason (John Gallagher, Jr.).    Grace does her job well—breaking up fights, inspecting rooms, nurturing relationships, and braiding hair. ... Read More
  In a world where movie-trailer voiceovers are dominated by men, one woman has a dream—to become the first woman to ever utter the words “in a world” in a movie trailer. Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital), who also wrote and directed this comedy, stars as Carol, an underemployed vocal coach and aspiring voice actor whose father, Sam (Fred Melamed), is a superstar in the insular movie trailer industry. After Sam kicks Carol out of the house to ... Read More
  When Jane (Keri Russell) finds herself in her mid-30s and at a coital dead-end, she spends her life savings on a trip to a resort in the English countryside that promises guests an immersive Jane Austen-style experience. Run by the money mongering Mrs. Wattlesbrook (Jane Seymour), “Austenland” provides Jane with more romantic intrigue than her beloved Pride and Prejudice.   Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) charms in his role as ... Read More
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