Over the summer I was so blessed to have Sunstone and Exponent II sponsor the exhibit I put together featuring essays and heirlooms from Mormon women. Now I am doubly or triply or quadruply blessed to have Exponent II publishing those essays and heirlooms plus a few more in book form! It’s a wonderful bit of women’s history and features such women as Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Margaret Toscano, Jana Reiss, many Exponent II women, and others writing about items they have inherited from their female ancestors. Perhaps I’m biased, but I found the essays uniformly touching. They get at the heart of women’s relationships by exploring their material connections across generations. It’s a historical project upon which I hope others will be modeled, documenting the legacies of women who shape lives in thousands of acts every day.
Habits of Being: Mormon Women’s Material Culture is the first book Exponent II has produced in thirty years, and all proceeds will help to print the books and support the organization, which, let’s be honest, Mormon feminists couldn’t do without!
So, please order a copy (you get a 15% discount until March 31) and please subscribe to the magazine! The books will be out in time for Mother’s Day and would make a very nice gift indeed.