Title: This Day in the Life: Diaries from Women Across America
Authors: Joni B. Cole, Rebecca Joffery, and B.K. Rakhra
Published: December 2005
Every once in a while I get tired of reading fiction and go on a non-fiction kick. I particularly like autobiographies and first-hand accounts. Kind of like peeping through a keyhole. This book is a collection of 34 diaries (chosen from over 400 submissions) from a cross-section of American women. (The editors also have another book called This Day: Diaries of American Women published in 2003.) Each chapter is a different diary that chronicles what a particular woman did on June 29, 2004. From how their day began, to how it ended. The authors are from all over the spectrum: a 91-year-old nun contemplating retirement, a young mother trying to catch her breath, a NASA astronaut living far from her family, the madam of a "house", a soldier in Iraq, an exotic dancer. All so different, but you come to realize how much they all have in common...worries about their careers, their health, and most importantly their family. Worries that they try so hard to hide on a daily basis, but eventually consume them even while they sleep. No matter what their story, at the end of the day they all looked at tomorrow as having new possibilities and the chance for a brand new start.
I would recommend this book to any woman, no matter what their background or where they are today in their life. I know the next time I sit with someone on the Metro or stand in line behind someone at the grocery store I will look at them with a little more understanding. After all, we probably share the same worries, if not hopes.
For more information about the project that inspired the book, visit the Web site.