Contrary to the title, I found myself tearing up quite a bit as I read "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" by Rebecca Traister. Of course, were I Hillary Clinton, who I supported in the 2008 primaries, said tearing up would be reported as breaking down and flat out sobbing.
I remember that episode well, and I was interested to find that most of "Big Girls Don't Cry" was an excellent summation and analysis of many things I specifically remember from 2008. And pleased to find some additional insights and perspectives. I loved the stories from her time following Michelle Obama, and her interviews with various female leaders and feminists, including Gloria Steinem.
However, I may not forgive Traister for the fact that I now want to read Sarah Palin's book, "Going Rogue: An American Life." Beyond the catharthis of reading in an historical context about the rampant sexism on the left in 2008, I finally gained an understanding of how anyone thought Hillary supporters would vote for Sarah Palin, and also a curiosity about her. Both things I thought would never happen.
"Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" is definitely a must read if you are interested in a smart, well-written feminist perspective on the 2008 election. Traister dives into all the major beats of the primaries and the following presidential campaigns, illuminating and organizing the choppy sea so many of us found ourselves swimming in. A sea salted by a press corps who saw and reported what they wanted to to the exclusion of reality and an electorate who still cares, sometimes subtly and subconsciously, about vaginas and the color of skin.
Finally, I must share that the book ends on a positive note about what 2008 wrought in its wake in terms of feminism and women in politics and life at large. It's a great read, and one that I highly, highly recommend.
Please note that I received the book reviewed above for free from the author for my honest review, and I won't be sending it back.