An earnest and engaging leadership manual.



Inspiring stories of women, and some men, who exemplify principles of modern leadership.

Alepin and Key both have extensive experience studying and teaching leadership as well as heading organizations themselves, including the education program Women Leaders for the World, and it shows. Together, they share their wisdom in an intriguing blend of business book and self-help guide. The text is organized thematically into six parts; each comprises three or four stories of women—such as Mary Burns, the co-founder of the Kasimu Education Fund in Malawi, and Diti Mookherjee, the CEO of the Association for Social and Environmental Development in India—with a few stories of men interspersed. All took part in the WLW program, and many rose to much larger accomplishments than they’d ever dreamed. The leaders profiled are shown to be making impressive strides to address crucial social issues—involving environmental stewardship, poverty, sex trafficking, education, and healthcare, and other things—in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Mexico, and Nepal, as well as the United States. Each chapter ends with “Appreciative Inquiry Questions to Ponder,” presented in a “four Ds” format that aims to “Discover” the best of what is, “Dream” of what might be, “Design” what should be, and “Deliver” what will be by taking a simple step towards the goal. Readers will likely find the format and the questions to be useful as they aim to forge their own paths as leaders. A brief concluding section, “The Never-Ending Journey to Becoming,” sums up key concepts. Although the primary focus is on leadership for women, readers of any gender will find a wealth of useful ideas in these pages. The work differs from other, similar advice books by focusing on listening and questioning, on community-building, and on self-confidence and self-compassion. The co-authors’ use of the pronoun with parentheticals (“I (Linda) founded a nonprofit…”; “I (Barbara) attended a one-day seminar…”) sometimes feels odd, and their occasional use of the term sheroes is awkward. Overall, though, their candid, personal tone helps to reinforce their message about what it takes to be a truly effective leader.

An earnest and engaging leadership manual.

Pub Date: N/A


Page Count: 154

Publisher: Manuscript

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2022

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A scrupulously honest and consistently thoughtful love letter to “the most intense form of reading…there is.”


The acclaimed author and translator offers thoughts on the latter art and craft.

A Pulitzer Prize–winning author of fiction in English, Lahiri moved to Rome in 2012 to immerse herself in Italian. Since then, she has published both a memoir and fiction in Italian and translated several works from Italian to English. This volume collects several pieces written over the past seven years—her translators’ notes to the novels Ties (2017), Trick (2018), and Trust (2021) by Italian writer (and friend) Domenico Starnone; stand-alone essays; and lectures and addresses—as well as an original introduction and afterword. A few themes emerge: Lahiri frequently returns to Ovid and Metamorphoses, most notably in her lecture “In Praise of Echo” and her moving afterword, which recounts her process of translating Ovid as her mother declined and died; metaphors of immigration and migration—Lahiri is both the daughter of Bengali-speaking Indian immigrants and an immigrant herself, twice over—ground other musings. Possibly the most provocative piece is “Where I Find Myself”—on the process of translating her own novel Dove mi trovo, from the original Italian into English as Whereabouts (2021)—an essay that finds her first questioning the ethics of self-translation (probed with a surgical metaphor) and then impelled to make revisions for a second Italian edition. The weakest essay is “Traduzione (stra)ordinaria / (Extra)ordinary Translation,” an appreciation of Italian revolutionary and thinker Antonio Gramsci, whose Letters From Prison reveal a linguist as ferociously compelled to investigate the process of translation as Lahiri herself. Composed originally as remarks for a panel, it reads like an elegantly annotated list of bullet points that will have readers wishing Lahiri had revised it into a cohesive essay. Readers may also find themselves envious of the author’s students of translation at Princeton, but this sharp collection will have to do. Two essays originally composed in Italian are printed in the original in an appendix.

A scrupulously honest and consistently thoughtful love letter to “the most intense form of reading…there is.”

Pub Date: May 17, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-691-23116-7

Page Count: 184

Publisher: Princeton Univ.

Review Posted Online: Jan. 26, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2022

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Fans will appreciate this closer look into Perkins' life and adventures, and newcomers will get to know her well.


A thoroughly enjoyable journey into the mind of a beloved pop-culture commentator.

Perkins is a 2017 Audre Lorde fellow and host of This Is Good for You, a podcast for pleasure seekers. In this collection of essays, she interweaves pop-culture observations with deeply personal vignettes of self-discovery in a fickle and sometimes dangerous world. The author is unafraid to lay herself bare, and she boldly recounts the ups and downs of her life as a Black girl and woman. At the beginning of the book, Perkins recalls how, when she was 5, a naptime kissing bandit smooched her and other unsuspecting female classmates, waking her up to the power of femininity even then. Growing up during the 1980s and ’90s in Nashville’s Black community, she always had her nose in a book, seeking knowledge wherever she could find it. She struggled with her abusive, drug-addicted father, and while she looked up to her older sister, she also protected her autistic younger brother. Despite an early realization of the importance of pleasure, she was often at odds with her mind, battling depression and weight-related self-esteem issues. Her struggles often left her restless but never helpless, and part of the book includes a love letter to bygone days. Perkins describes how the Prince song “Girl” provided a sexual awakening, and she pays homage to Janet Jackson’s “all-black uniform,” which she learned was chosen so she could look slimmer. An unabashed fan of Frasier (“what I use as a regular antidepressant”), the author writes about her crush on Niles Crane and her online chat-room connections with others seeking safe, impersonal, but real digital camaraderie. Refreshingly, Perkins doesn’t deliver a standard happily-ever-after ending. Nobody is coming to save her from her circumstances, and that’s OK. She continues to strive and persevere by honing the ultimate secret weapons: self-acceptance and self-care.

Fans will appreciate this closer look into Perkins' life and adventures, and newcomers will get to know her well.

Pub Date: Aug. 17, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5387-0274-1

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2021

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