Jamie’s Staff Picks for May

These are my picks for May:

Suffragettesuffragette

“Inspired by true events, a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Britain. The story centers on Maud, a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst, Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life.”

This film was an important watch for me. The sacrifices and trauma that these women endured to further the cause for the vote was eye-opening: truthfully, I think my main point of reference for a suffragette prior to this was the wealthy and cheery Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins. The reality, according to this film, was vastly different. Women were grossly mistreated in their work and family lives. They lost jobs, husbands, children, security. For the main character, Maud, her initial reluctance to join the movement morphs into an urgent need as time goes on and she has no other recourse than to fight. This film certainly made me appreciate those sacrifices.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?where'd you go bernadette

“Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.”

To be honest, at first I didn’t think that I would like this book. The characters, seemingly petty Seattle socialites, were hard to root for in the beginning (with the exception of the narrator, Bee, who is a child and thus uncorrupted). I stuck it out, mostly due to the fact that I was on an airplane with little other choice. And I’m so glad that I did! As the story reveals itself, you learn more about the motivations and struggles of everyone involved and what makes them behave the way that they do. The book is also written almost entirely via correspondence (letters, notes, emails, articles, etc.), which contributes to its mysterious air and allows you to slowly unravel the real truth in everyone’s actions. It becomes clear that in these notes, people are attempting to portray their lives as they want to be seen rather than how things really are. I think this book’s most important takeaway is to be kind in our judgments of our neighbors and even family members, since you never know what is going on behind-the-scenes.

All summaries are from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

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