Books

  Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender StoryBy Jacob Tobia(G.P. Putnam’s Sons) In this deeply personal, lighthearted, and hilarious memoir, gender non-conforming activist Jacob Tobia discusses what it means to live outside the binary and exist in the world as someone who can’t be defined as “male” or “female.” While much of their memoir focuses on their personal experiences from childhood through adulthood, they also challenge commonly held ideas about both gender binary and LGBTQIA identities. Tobia argues that the gender binary isn’t just harmful for gender non-conforming people, but...
  Gingerbread: A NovelBy Helen Oyeyemi(Riverhead Books) In her six novel, Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi finds inspiration in fairy tales, as she did with her 2014 novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, and her 2016 short story collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. This time, we follow Harriet, a beautiful woman in her 30s with a teenage daughter, Perdita. Both mother and daughter are prematurely gray, and both find it difficult to make friends. Harriet still feels tied to her childhood companion, Gretel, and Perdita's main confidants are...
Born on April 27th 1759, Mary Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792 when she was only thirty-three years old. In it, she argued against the natural inferiority of women, writing that “…it cannot be demonstrated that woman is essentially inferior to man, because she has always been subjugated” and that it was the neglected education of her “fellow creatures” that was the primary source of their misery. As modern readers, it seems to be a perfectly reasonable, wholly uncontroversial argument. Indeed, basic common sense....
Toni Morrison Is Number One! A literary legend with a new book debuting in February, Toni Morrison is a writer and professor whose novels, including Song of Solomon and The Bluest Eye, are considered masterpieces of the American canon. Think you know what makes Toni so Beloved? Then take the quiz! 1. Born in Lorain, OH, on February 18,1931, Toni’s birth name was __________.a. Chloe Ardelia Wofford b. Marguerite Annie Johnsonc. Alice Faye Williams d. Gloria Jean Watkins 2. Toni was ___ years old when she published her...
Elise Hooper’s new novel, Learning To See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America, charts two decades in the life of Dorothea Lange, the pioneering documentary photographer who captured iconic images of the Great Depression and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. After meeting at a writers’ party, Elise and I spoke over the phone from our homes in Seattle.  "Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange, 1936, via Wikimedia Commons You’ve written a beautiful, layered, page-turner of a book about...
  The second month of the year is here, and that means we're looking forward to new books! Here, we've picked the books by women coming out this month that we're most looking forward to reading.   The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah (February 5) Ayesha Harruna Attah's third novel explores the history of pre-colonial Ghana through two young women, Aminah and Wurche.   Notes From A Black Woman's Diary by Kathleen Collins (February 5) Writer and filmmaker Kathleen Collins' work was little-known in her lifetime—she died at the...
In Corn-Fed: Cul-De-Sacs, Keg Stands, and Coming of Age in the Midwest, writer Melanie LaForce discusses growing up in the Midwest with a combination of humor and heart. The book begins when LaForce is a young girl struggling with anxiety at school and camp, and follows her through college, gaining a PhD, and into adulthood. LaForce writes in a frank and funny style about topics ranging from her love of secular Christmas to front porches, and Gen Xers will identify with references to things like...
The Rough Collie is one of the most recognizable dog breeds in the world. This is largely due to English author Eric Knight who, in a 1938 short story, created what is arguably the greatest literary heroine of all time–Lassie. Photograph of Pal as Lassie, 1943  In 1940, Knight’s short story was expanded to novel length and published under the title Lassie Come Home. In 1943, MGM adapted the novel to the screen. Starring Roddy McDowell, Elizabeth Taylor, and a male Collie by the name of Pal in...

What people don’t tell you about The Bell Jar is that it’s actually a pretty funny book. You wouldn’t know unless you read it, because all the marketing that surrounds it focuses on how bleak and shocking it is. The book follows Esther Greenwood, a young college student who wins a guest editorship at a women’s magazine, as she struggles with feeling disillusioned with her place in society and academia. She enters a deep depression and spends the latter half of the novel in a psychiatric institution....

 The stories in Advanced Love—the new book by the creator of the blog Advanced Style—are actual, irl #relationshipgoals. Following over 60 couples, most over the age of 60, author Ari Seth Cohen asks couples what kept them together through the years, and how their advanced style played a part. Couples like Ann and Bill from California explain that their love and style has worked over the decades because “we’re made for each other because we are both weird.” Nazare and Edwardo explain their love story as,...