women-who-readBOOK REVIEW DECEMBER, 2016
Foreword by Karen Joy Fowler

The voice said, “Lights out!”
But she was driven to forge ahead
no matter the consequences.
Smothered in coverlets,
a bare bulb secreted within,
the words flowing into her soul.
Subliminal bliss…worthy of being caught in the act!


Reading is an act of friendly isolation.  A simplistic excerpt that illuminates a concept that is maintained within the pages of this extraordinary book. Additionally, it is incredible to come to the realization that thousands of words and untold numbers of paintings have been devoted to the intimacy and depth of a woman in the act of reading. Prepare to enter a world of color, form, scope, beauty that may leave you breathless yet also marveling in the way in which the author has capsulized such introspective energy. Then, of course, there is the dividend of reveling in the power that might possibly envelope a woman when she ventures into this friendly isolation.

This book is overflowing with magnificent pieces of art accompanied by interpretive language that is often provocative. It is an attempt to portray the variables involved when women have been exposed to the temptations the act of reading may provide. It probes the spiritual, mystical, passionate elements that surface, intimately exposing the manner in which women perceive the world and their place in it. As with so many intellectual challenges women have encountered over the centuries, the condemnation that was declared over the preoccupation with this ‘dalliance’ was  pervasive. However, women were not deterred, hastening the evolution and absorption of reading that prevails today.

The title of this book is engaging although somewhat foreboding. However powerful the concept may be, it is disconcerting to recall that at one time in our history, the last word could have been ‘endangered’. Women have become a force to be reckoned with, a success that has been achieved through determination and fortitude. It is, of course, an on-going challenge but will be lessened as we forge into the future knowing that knowledge is power…and the power of the isolated act of reading can be a dangerous force, indeed!

Women who are dangerous by Stefan Bollmann