Nasty Women Chicago Author Panel

I was fortunate enough to go to the Nasty Women Author Panel in Chicago last night.  The event was sponsored by the Women and Children First book store and hosted at Wilson Abbey (you have to pass by Everybody's Coffee, which has the best Pumpkin Spice Latte I've tried this season). THIS EVENT WAS AMAZING!!  I am… Continue reading Nasty Women Chicago Author Panel

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What Happened

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton Rating: 4.5 stars  "It wasn't all yoga and breathing: I also drank my share of chardonnay." Same, Hillary. Same. What Happened?  That's something I've asked myself over and over since the election, and I still can't find a satisfying answer that doesn't make me lose hope in humanity.  This… Continue reading What Happened

Quick take: You Play the Girl

You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages by Carina Chocano Rating: 4 stars Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Summary: In this smart, funny, impassioned call to arms, a pop culture critic merges memoir and commentary to explore how our… Continue reading Quick take: You Play the Girl

Bad Feminist

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay Rating: 5 stars I know I am incredibly late to the party on this one, but I am so glad I finally read it.  Gay's essays are powerful and insightful while still being relatable.  I really appreciated reading about how Gay herself is a "bad feminist."  She is an outspoken… Continue reading Bad Feminist

Young Jane Young

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin Rating: 4.5 stars Expected publication date: August 22nd, 2017   Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This is an amazing and timely book about how unfairly women are still treated in the media, even in 2017.  While it takes two consenting adults… Continue reading Young Jane Young

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah Rating: 5 stars   This short story collection is incredible.  Arimah focuses on the lives of women and their relationships, especially between mothers and daughters or others within their families.  Each story features women who need more than society has given… Continue reading What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian by Han Kang Rating: 5 stars I loved Human Acts, Kang's latest work, and couldn't wait to read her novel that won the Man Booker International Prize.  It did not disappoint.  It was unsettling, haunting, and incredibly weird at parts (mainly thinking about the second section), but it lived up to its critical… Continue reading The Vegetarian

Feminist Non-fiction Recommendations

You may have noticed from other posts, but I love reading about feminism.  While fiction can provide a creative outlet to explore topics related to sexism in today's society, there are several excellent non-fiction works and essay collections that I read recently and want to share: The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley - 4… Continue reading Feminist Non-fiction Recommendations

The Purity Myth

The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti Rating: 5 stars I experienced an abstinence only health program when I was in high school, so this book really resonated with me.  My health teacher even used the gum metaphor. "Guys, would you want to chew someone else's used… Continue reading The Purity Myth

The Geek Feminist Revolution

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley Rating: 4 stars The book is an interesting collection of essays about Hurley's life and her struggles and triumphs of being a female author in Science Fiction. While I initially went into it thinking it was going to be a collection of essays about feminism in science in… Continue reading The Geek Feminist Revolution