Full name: Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature Defined As Books Authored By, About or Widely Read By Women in the 20th Century, because I should maybe read something intended for actual adults occasionally.
This year’s titles are…
Up the Down Staircase By Bel Kaufman Rookie teacher navigates the bureaucracy of the New York City school system in the mid-1960s. Will things stay the same the more they change? WILL THEY? Plus movie.
Haywire By Brooke Hayward Brooke Hayward is the daughter of theatrical producer Leland Hayward and actress Margaret Sullavan; her 1977 memoir relates her family’s history of mental illness and suicides. The 1980 made-for-TV movie stars Lee Remick as Sullavan and Jason Robards as Leland Hayward.
The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown By Sylvia Tate …And now for a lighter look at Hollywood, Sylvia Tate’s long-lost satire about a megalomaniacal starlet whose kidnapping is mistaken for a publicity stunt (or is it?). An uncharacteristically blonde Jane Russell stars in the 1957 movie, which is somehow not a feminist film-theory staple.