Saturday, October 23, 2021

Cassandra Speaks: Smack Dab in the Imagination by Dia Calhoun

 Cassandra Speaks: When Women are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser is will startle your imagination wide open. I'm fascinated that this book about women speaking is also about the many ways, through the myths and stories of history, women have been silenced. Speaking is power. Storytelling is power, because it shapes our world. 

In part one, Lesser discusses origin stories and figures like Eve, Pandora, Galatea. What if Eve had told the story of what happened in the garden? In part two, Lesser examines what it means for women to have power. How do we shape a contemporary, non-dominant, cooperative version of power? In part three, she provides tools for reshaping our ideas about our own voices, stories, and power.

I highly recommend this book for any woman writing, any woman trying to find and speak from the power of her own voice.