Summer reading from the Clayman Institute

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Summer reading from the Clayman Institute

For July, we recommend 'How the French Invented Love,' 'The Outsourced Self,' and 'Grandmother Power'

by Electra Colevas on Friday, June 28, 2013 - 8:30am

image of book and sunglassesTake your time this summer to really mull over a great book—or better yet, several great books. Each month, the Clayman Institute will suggest three thought-provoking summer reads that stimulate discussion. For July, our picks include How the French Invented Love, The Outsourced Self, and Grandmother Power. Follow the links below to read more in Gender News about each of these books, or download our discussion questions.

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"How the French Invented Love" book coverHow the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance

Marilyn Yalom

How the French Invented Love is an entertaining and masterful history of love à la française by acclaimed scholar Marilyn Yalom. From the Middle Ages to the present, Yalom explores a love-obsessed culture through its great works of literature—ranging from Moliere’s comic love to the tragic love of Racine, from the existential love of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre to the romanticism of George Sand and Alfred de Musset. A thoroughly engaging homage to French culture and literature interlaced with the author’s delicious personal anecdotes, How the French invented Love is sure to delight readers.  Read more in Gender News >

 

 

"The Outsourced Self" book cover

The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times

Arlie Russell Hochschild

The home has long been the one place immune to market forces and economic calculations, where the personal, the private, and the emotional hold sway. Yet The Outsourced Self shows that is no longer the case. Everything that was once part of private life—love, friendship, child rearing—is being transformed into packaged expertise to be sold back to confused, harried Americans. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and original research, Hochschild follows the incursions of the market into every stage of intimate life. - See more at: http://gender.stanford.edu/news/2013/summer-reading-clayman-institute#st...

The home has long been the one place immune to market forces and economic calculations, where the personal, the private, and the emotional hold sway. Yet The Outsourced Self shows that is no longer the case. Everything that was once part of private life—love, friendship, child rearing—is being transformed into packaged expertise to be sold back to confused, harried Americans. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and original research, Hochschild follows the incursions of the market into every stage of intimate life.  Read more in Gender News >

 

The home has long been the one place immune to market forces and economic calculations, where the personal, the private, and the emotional hold sway. Yet The Outsourced Self shows that is no longer the case. Everything that was once part of private life—love, friendship, child rearing—is being transformed into packaged expertise to be sold back to confused, harried Americans. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and original research, Hochschild follows the incursions of the market into every stage of intimate life. - See more at: http://gender.stanford.edu/news/2013/summer-reading-clayman-institute#st...
 
 
 
 

"Grandmother Power" book coverGrandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon

Paola Gianturco

An unheralded grandmothers' movement is changing the world. Insurgent grandmothers are using their power to fight for a better future for grandchildren everywhere. And they are succeeding. Grandmother Power profiles activist grandmothers in fifteen countries on five continents who tell their compelling stories in their own words. Grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland, and South Africa collaborate to care for AIDS orphans. Gianturco's full-color images and her heroines' amazing tales make Grandmother Power an inspiring celebration of the power of grandmothers worldwide.  Read more in Gender News >

 

Download discussion questions for all three July books.