Review of a book worth reading

The Female of the SpeciesThe Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, #TheFemaleOfTheSpecies, written in first person and present tense for all three PoV characters, is a book which is both difficult to read, and also cathartic. There are also some really good zingers, funny lines and situations, believe it or not, and some really spot-on descriptions of the humanity of one of the main characters from whom you’d not expect human warmth. I can only hope that I can make such a contribution one day, but if I manage to publish a book half as good as this crucial work by @MindyMcGinnis, I will feel my writing career to have been worthwhile.

I noticed that this was not her debut novel, and that the author seems to have had a bit of a time getting her agent to push for this work, which spent 15 years in a drawer. That tells me that these types of books are either coming into their time, now, after the ME TOO movement, or that I’d best better start with more light and fluffy novels until I get established as a fiction author. Either way, I am grateful and glad that McGinnis kept this work, and got it to see the light of day after all those years in the dark. In publishing this book, she has also helped many of us to believe that we can come out of the dark, as well, if not entirely whole.

(Reminds me of the female MC of Purgatoire des innocents English review:… )

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8 thoughts on “Review of a book worth reading

  1. I make it a point to never read or Listen to anything that reminds me of the past. I can’t change what happened to me nor does anyone want to read about issues 40 years old. Personally I don’t enjoy reliving past hurt and pain. Like the 1970s my memoirs will never see the light of day. I don’t discuss what happened to me while I was in the United States Army and I also stopped discussing domestic violence and sexual harassment. Most of my detractors are female. Therefore except in my private papers my story will be forever hidden from the world.

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    1. Hey, first, thank you for replying. Second, I think I understand where you’re coming from, because I felt the same way for a very long time, and I still feel that way to a certain extent. But so many of my friends have told me that it it important to share and explain what has happened, to all of us, that these stories, and the context in which they take place, is important for society to understand and to start taking steps toward changing. And, like you, most of my detractors have also been women, but those detractors are wrong. We cannot change what happened to us, but we can help start the change so that these things do not continue to happen to others. With love, Shira

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      1. I did save one of my writings about the sexual harassment and abuse I went through while serving in the United States Army and at other jobs but I deleted it from my Blog. For me it became problematic. It was like a Label. A scarlet letter that I wore pinned to my chest. My goal is not to forget because one can’t forget a traumatic experience but in my sixth decade of life to be known and seen as an Autism Activist for my brother Stephen who has Autism.

        As an Artist who is making inroads to increasing artistic creation opportunities for low income communities in Brooklyn especially where I Live.

        As an Older Black Woman who is Disrupting Aging stereotypes.


        Hugs and Love to you also.

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      2. Thanks for your support and encouragement. Truthfully I can’t read the MeToo articles and books because they are triggering and I have been battling depression for most of my Adult life. Now I want to change my story. I know that I can have a Triumphant Victorious story.

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      3. Hey, thank you for all of your support and encouragement all of this time: you have helped me more than you know, and no worries: I can’t read most of them either, but I try to Like or pass on some of what seems more useful in policy terms, when I see something that gives context that others need to understand. Keep Triumphing in your Victory, and we will keep writing those Victorious stories together.


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