We are pleased to announce that Jamie Zvirzdin (editor) and several contributors will be here on Tuesday, July 28, to speak about their new book Fresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women (published by Signature Books). This event will be a little different—the publisher has graciously provided for the acclaimed Chow Truck to offer complimentary gourmet sliders beginning at 5 PM (east parking lot). We will then head upstairs to the store where the contributors will speak beginning at 6 PM. We hope you will be able to make it to this interesting event but, if not, we can hold a signed copy for pick-up or mail it to you. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
The twelve essays in this anthology provide a refreshing array of female perspectives, personalities, and circumstances. Along with an introduction by Jamie Zvirzdin, the essays invite readers to recognize and own their personal struggles, gifts, faults, and desires and to accept where they stand on the spectrum of humanity. Fresh Courage Take demonstrates that the road to heaven is not a conveyor belt powered by a checklist of religious obligations, cooked casseroles, and a collection of children. If anything, it is a complex network of interchanges and decisions … including long, often solitary paths.
The authors span a wide range of views and situations in life: politically conservative to progressive, single to married with many children, highly educated to working-class, stay-at-home moms to the professionally successful, of European or African heritage, religiously orthodox to heterodox. In short, they define, from their diversity, what being a Mormon woman means and what type of path they feel they must take to be true to themselves and their beliefs.
Authors include Carli Anderson, Rachael Decker Bailey, Erika Ball, Rachel Brown, Karen Critchfield, Ashley Mae Hoiland, Sylvia Lankford, Marcee Monroe, Brooke Stoneman, Camille Strate Fairbanks, Colleen Whitley, and Jamie Zvirzdin.
Foreword by Joanna Brooks, professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University and author of The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith.
“Fresh Courage Take serves up a nourishing dish from the hands of skilled Mormon women—a stew with good conservative meat, liberal spices, and a rich variety of experiences, choices, and insights from across the garden of this great sisterhood. Comfort food. With occasional bite. Thanks, Sisters!”
—Carol Lynn Pearson, author of Beginnings and Beyond; Goodbye, I Love You; Mother Wove the Morning; and other bestsellers
“It’s critical for women to be able to share their stories and find empowerment, within their own lives and the lives of others, by relating personal experiences. There is a power and strength in being able to connect with the lives of others, and that’s why this book is so important. It is the work of lifting up other women through the amplification of one’s own experiences.”
—Lindsay Hansen Park, assistant director, Sunstone Education Foundation; host, Feminist Mormon Housewives podcast
Jamie Zvirzdin is a science editor and freelance writer. She received an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Literature from Bennington College. She grew up in Sandy, Utah. Find her on Twitter @jamiezvirzdin.
Fresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women ed. by Jamie Zvirzdin. Signature Books, 2015. 200pp. Dutch binding (flexible cover). $22.95.
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