Graphic by Tara Steinmetz

Graphic by Tara Steinmetz



“When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

Recommended by- Shivani Ghate, Editorial Contributor

Why- Beautifully written memoir (without being too complex) about a surgeon who gets cancer, perfect length, great combination of anecdotes and philosophy (the author is very thoughtful and this book made me think for days)

”Everything Under” by Daisy Johnson

Recommended by- Rachael Previti, Graphic Design

Why- Strong female and transgender main characters, completely mind-boggling, non-linear reality, deals with concepts of memory, gender, and time... read it in 3 days, absolutely amazing

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

Recommended by- Lauren Cameron, Politics Editor

Why- This is hands down one of the most emotionally moving books I have ever read. I don’t have too much to say about this other than: read. this. book. That being said, it is slightly disappointing to me that I had to read a work of fiction to really come to terms with just how tragic and unjust police brutality is, and to re-evaluate my own stereotypes I unknowingly cast upon others. This book will forever be on my must read list, and I highly recommend you add it to your library as soon as possible.

“The Big Feminist But: Comics about Women, Men and the IFs, ANDs & BUTs of Feminism”

Recommended by- Sam Wolf, Newsletter Writer

Why- It’s a collection of comics from feminist artists! They tackle what it means to be a woman, how to handle oppression and assault, conforming and noncomforming to femme stereotypes and more. It’s funny, heartfelt and worth a read since there are so many stories with different drawing styles!

”The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

Recommended by- Michelle Lee, Editorial Contributor

Why- I’m in the middle of it right now! Really well written and such a page turner!!

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama

Recommended by- Mary McHenry, Editorial Contributor


“The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant

Recommended by- Haley Evans, Photographer

Why- Such a cool example of history shown by a woman’s perspective!

“The Power” by Naomi Alderman

Recommended by- Katrina Froelich, Fashion Editor

Why- I was left completely stunned after I read this book. An incredibly well thought out book, The Power explores the relationship between gender and power, and explores the question of what would happen to the conventional society that we know today if suddenly women were physically the more powerful gender. I was unable to put this book down, and I doubt anyone else will be able to either. Here’s a dank quote from the author: “People say to me, ‘Ah, your novel is a dystopia.’ And I say … ‘It’s only a dystopia for the men.’ And in my world, nothing happens to a man that is not happening to a woman in the world we live in today. So if we find my world to be a dystopia, then we are already living in a dystopia.”

Graphic by Tara Steinmetz