With wit and wisdom, the bibliophile's Ebert & Roeper recommend more than 600 books based on what women care about most. Between the Covers is organized around their wide-ranging curiosity—about themselves, friends and family, the larger world—and their concerns, from health to sex to managing their finances. With such sections as “Babes We Love” (Role Models Real and Imagined), “The Babe Inside” (Focusing on Body and Soul), and “Love, Sex & Second Chances,” this unique collection of fiction and nonfiction reflects how women really read.
Hammond, Margo & Ellen Heltzel. Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures. Da Capo. Nov. 2008. c.280p. . pap. . LIT~Verdict: This inventory of recommended reading will appeal to bluestockings of every ilk. The authors' bibliophilia is infectious, and all readers will benefit from their expert advice. Recommended for all public libraries. Background: Book critics Hammond and Heltzel-aka the Book Babes of blog fame-have organized their diverse catalog of fiction and nonfiction into thematic sections with headings like "Babes We Love," "Ages and Stages," and "Family & Friends." These sections are further broken down into smaller categories of lists that seek to meet specific reader needs (e.g., "For Making Peace with Mom" or "For the Grieving Heart"). Interspersed with the lists are short personal essays recounting the authors' experiences with particular books or genres. This reviewer had some reservations about the prescriptive organization of the lists; the conceit that certain books can be prescribed to ameliorate specific life struggles or yearnings minimizes the serendipitous discovery that comes from varied reading.-Anne Garner, NYPL.