Book: The Mermaid And The Minotaur By Dorothy Dinnerstein
Recommended by - Grace Hawkins; Contributor
Why - Dinnerstein's examination of our deeply embedded perceptions of gender rooted in infancy have kept me thinking ever since I read this book almost a year ago.
Book: Never Let Me Go By Kazuo Ishiguro
Recommended by - Genevieve Finn; Contributor
Why - This is one of my all time favorites. A dystopian horror that feels just so human, it left me crying, in the best way.
Book: Men Explain Things To Me By Rebecca Solnit
Recommended by - Katrina Froelich; Contributor
Why - The book opens with a darkly comedic incident of the author having a man explain her own book to her. What follows is a collection of stories that will sound all too familiar to the women reading, men explaining things to women that they… probably shouldn’t explain. I argue, however, that this book is for both women AND men – my boyfriend definitely learned a lot from reading it.
Book: The Sun And Her Flowers By Rupi Kaur
Recommended by - Lauren Cameron; Contributor
Why - If you love poetry like I do, I have a book for you. If you don't like poetry, I have a book to change your mind. The Sun and Her Flowers is best-selling poet Rupi Kaur's second collection of poetry, and each page is filled with empowering and uplifting words that hold importance beyond the pages. The raw, vulnerable poems allow you to accompany Rupi on her journey of healing and growth. This poetry collection has helped me come to peace with who I am and exude self-love in an unprecedented manner, and I invite you to let it do the same to you.
Book: American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood By Marie Arana
Recommended by - Bailey Brann; Contributor
Why- In this compelling memoir, the author vividly depicts life torn between both Americas — North and South. Beautifully written, the book includes wonderful tales of Arana's childhood in Peru, her harsh move to New Jersey, and her difficulties with finding a sense of belonging. She utilizes powerful imagery to describe what life was like for someone who was fiercely attached to two disparate identities at the same time. Filled with larger-than-life characters, parts of the book seem so fantastic that they must be fiction, but they really were part of her past. This is a great read for anyone who comes from a background of multiculturalism or is simply interested in learning more about intercultural dynamics and the immigrant experience!
Book: Americanah By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Recommended by - Micaela Goldzweig; Contributor
Why - Americanah is one of my favorite books. Adichie poignantly and seamlessly weaves a love story into a social commentary about the struggles within the U.S. Adichie writes about how Ifemelu, a woman from a middle class family in Lagos, arrives to the U.S. leaving behind her true love, discovers the lie of the idealistic American Dream, yet overcomes the difficulties.
Book: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo By Stieg Larsson
Recommended by - Ali Merkl; Contributor
Why - This book was read by everyone when it first came out, but somehow I missed the hype. If you’re like me, definitely get your hands on a copy! You don’t want to put this book down once you start. A murder mystery with feminist themes woven throughout, this book will hook you and inspire you to read the next two in the trilogy.