W. W. Norton & Company. Out August 18. Feminist Book Fortnight starts this weekend and we're celebrating with this fierce round up of some of our favourite feisty feminist and/or womanist poetry collections from recent months, in no particular order. Meant to be living the dream, winning awards and praise; she was rapidly skidding towards a psychiatric ward. Villoso (@k_villoso). WhatsApp. The poets, however, were not necessarily unified in their themes or formal techniques, but had links to specific movements and trends, such as the New York Poets, the Black Mountain poets , the San Francisco Renaissance , or the Beat Poets . 288 pages. Out March 3. Out March 4. By Rita Woods (@RitaWoodsAuthor). 360 pages. You are. Best poetry books of 2020. Algonquin Books. From the ancient world right up to the present day, it includes poems on wanderlust, travel, daydreams, flights of fancy, escaping into books, tranquillity, courage, hope and resilience. Or try any of these new books that our editors recommend . Catapult. Their lives intertwine to tell an unfamiliar yet universal tale. Instead, this column by gender and women’s studies librarian Karla Strand will amplify stories of the creation, access, use and preservation of knowledge by women and girls around the world; share innovative projects and initiatives that focus on information, literacies, libraries and more; and, of course, talk about all of the books. By jessica Care moore (@jessicacaremoor). Out January 21. 320 pages. The author of the captivating novel She Would Be King has penned an exceptional memoir of her life in and exodus from war-torn Liberia and her adjustment to living as an African immigrant in the U.S. By Zaina Arafat (@zainaarafat). Tin House Books. Nightboat. By Morgan Jerkins (@morganjerkins). Edited by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (@leahlakshmiwrites) and Ejeris Dixon (@ejeris). Now, the time for women north of 40 is here. Out April 7. In her latest compelling poetry collection, Jenny Zhang dares you to flinch as she explores love and existence, innocence and anger, patriarchy and whiteness, capitalism and womanhood. This is the triumphant memoir of Judith Heumann, who drove the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and is one of the most influential activists of our time. Celebrate gender equality and women's achievements, examine the myth of beauty and the links between feminism and capitalism through our picks of the 10 best feminist books … 671. 288 pages. Orbit. Out April 7. One World. Out September 8. By Emerson Whitney (@emersonwhitney_). Edited by Nicole Chung (@nicolesjchung) and Mensah Demary. This groundbreaking and urgent book is about the worldwide extremism nobody wants to talk about. Out April 14. Edited by Shirley Hune and Gail M. Nomura. By Julia Alvarez (@writerjalvarez). 296 pages. Emerson Whitney’s first prose book is a frank and absorbing examination of transness, brokenness, mothering, femininity, embodiment and truth. Out February 4. By Kimberly Drew (@museummammy) and Jenna Wortham (@jennydeluxe). The Original 'F' Collection - by Carola Marin, The Shift: How I (lost And) Found Myself After 40 – and You Can Too by Sam Baker, Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights by Helen Lewis, Men Who Hate Women: From Incels to Pickup Artists, the Truth about Extreme Misogyny and how it Affects Us All by Laura Bates, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde, Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone by Minna Salami, The Body Image Book For Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless by Charlotte Markey, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given, She Will Soar : Bright, brave poems about freedom by women, Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today by Rachel Vorona Cote, Interview with Clare Willets, founder of Not Only Pink and Blue, White women...we have work to do, when nobody is liking, Interview with Kelly McGonigle, Co-Founder of LWL. By Akwaeke Emezi (@azemezi). In this unique and poignant memoir, Abenaki/French Canadian poet Cheryl Savageau describes her bipolar disorder in lyrical, clear and candid prose. 288 pages. 320 pages. It’s important for young girls to believe that they can grow up to be whoever they want to be, as long as they are wholeheartedly themselves. Andrews McMeel Publishing. By Tiffany Cross (@TiffanyDCross). Seal Press. In this utterly unique and important first novel, Young examines themes of love, intrusion, loss, community and trust against a backdrop of a Makah reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Out April 14. 225 pages. 312 pages. Master poet jessica Care moore gifts us this latest collection of sharp, smart and defiant pieces and we will be better humans because of it. Linkedin. Out February 25. We’ll all need a giant dose of humor this year and Mia Mercado’s collection of essays will make you laugh out loud at the ridiculous truths of being a human. “Lush, sharp and shot through with hope”, the family faces political strife, poverty, tradition, separation and the fickleness of fate. 3043 pages. Center Street. 240 pages. Women have released some superbly empowering books this year, and in this article we've combined some of these new-release feminist reads with older feminist classics, alongside some thoughts on choosing your new title. 304 pages. 265 pages. I feel this is our year and if we’re lucky, we’ll have the definitive Crenshaw collection in our hands by this time next year. By Cho Nam-Joo (Author), Jamie Chang (Translator). Out May 12. Katherine Tegen Books. In her first book, she examines and exposes the shortcomings of liberal politics as well as what needs to be done to get us all out of this current political crisis. Set in Lagos over a period of decades, this absorbing debut follows twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike from the inseparable bonds of relative comfort to the challenges and independence of poverty. Magical realism meets gothic suspense in this imaginative historical novel by the author of the outstanding Gods of Jade and Shadow. Score A book’s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it … Books. Out January 14. Beacon Press. Out Feb. 4. Sundress Publications. Ethically produced, organic cotton tees...what is not to love? Difficult Women tells the stories of complicated, contradictory, imperfect women who fought for equal rights. Mapping The Migrant’s City Through Muzaffar Ali’s Gaman (1978) Books. Award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang has collected stories from a variety of Minneapolis refugees into this beautifully written “collective memoir” which will enlighten readers to the struggle, humanity and agency of refugees throughout the U.S.. By Nadia Owusu (@nadiaowusu1). By Kelli Jo Ford (@kellijoford). See you next year. John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books. Twitter. Simon & Schuster. By Daina Ramey Berry (@dainarameyberry) and Kali Nicole Gross (@kaligrossphd). During a time of crisis, it can be difficult to focus on books, but if you can, doing so might offer some comfort. Out October 1. The Feminist Press 365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5406 New York, NY 10016. In one of the most insightful memoirs of the recent past, Meredith Talusan tells her story of being born a Filipino boy with albinism to becoming a Filipino American woman with albinism. Red Hen Press. All Art & Poetry Books Cinema Fashion Food Pop Culture Travel. By Sahar Mustafah (@saharmustafah). By turns fearless, intimate, wry, and laugh-out-loud funny, these collections will strengthen your soul and inspire you to celebrate your own experience. An essential collection of essays and speeches by Audre Lorde, exploring race, sexuality, poetry, friendship, feminism, motherhood and the need for female solidarity. Feminism is a movement and a framework for activism, but it’s also a source of inspiration, a springboard for creativity, and a prompt to look at neglected areas of history. In her uniquely written debut novel, Zaina Arafat tackles the challenges of being a queer Palestinian American attempting to disentagle identities to locate and celebrate the true self. Tin House Books. Out September 15. Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is an accessible leap to feminism which forces you to think about your behavior and pushes you to admit the unpleasant truths. Men are NEVER the prize. By Silvia Moreno-Garcia (@silviamg). Cinema. By Cheryl Savageau. Beacon Press. We’ve heard your feedback and will continue to produce monthly Reads for the Rest of Us lists this year. Zed Books. Simon & Schuster. Out June 16. Out Nov. 3. Personal and searing, Laila Lalami’s latest book is focused on immigration, white supremacy and what it means to be “American”. 288 pages. Out August 4. Riaz’s poetry encapsulates the struggle that feminine perspectives face in being heard. While there are a few young adult (YA) novels here, I focused mainly on adult books, so there are no middle grade or children’s books. By Meena Alexander. Graywolf. Email. Out March 31. While you should still read these, I’ve left them and other higher-profile books off the list to make room for those that I’m excited about but haven’t seen on many other lists. 272 pages. Cathy Park Hong, a poet I have long admired and whose books of poetry I have reviewed, expanded her horizons in 2020. Silvia Moreno-Garcia has another book, Untamed Shore, scheduled for release in February from Agora Books, so be sure to check out both. 192 pages. Here is the list of 10 best feminist shows of 2020. 10 Feminist OTT Shows In 2020 That You Must Not Miss. The brilliant Natalie Diaz presents us with a captivating successor to her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, this one focused on embodiment, the layers of Indigeneity and the notions of goodness and love. By Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah). Now available for the first time in English, this novel is said to have sparked a new feminist movement in Korea. By Meredith Talusan (@1demerith). Out January 28. Available for the first time in English, this volume collects some of cartoonist Kuniko Tsurita’s best graphic short stories in all their feminist, gender-questioning, visionary, dystopian glory. By Natalie Diaz (@NatalieGDiaz). 480 pages. Pantheon. By Jenny Zhang (@jennybagel). HarperOne. Ecco. Out February 18. In the list that follows, I highlight a few books that helped shape my notions as a 21st-century feminist. A non-fiction engaging and fun book to brush up on feminist history. Simon & Schuster. House of Anansi Press. The poetry collections below give us a window into the quiet, solitary moments of some of the modern era’s leading feminist voices. Book Review: The Tattooist Of Auschwitz By Heather Morris. You can’t stand her. By Kim Sagwa (Author), Sunhee Jeong (Translator). Telegram. By Monica Sok (@monicasokwrites). Carter Sickles has written an unforgettable novel detailing a man with AIDS who goes home to Appalachia to die and touches the heart of love, sex, home and understanding. May 22, 2020: The word feminism can conjure up all sorts of stereotypes and negative connotations for people, and these books are just a small sampling of works meant to change that. Out May 26. A struggle that may take shape in many forms, but is essentially shared. 416 pages. They have to reinvent things in their own way and take a leaf out of the millennial handbook. Out September 15. This book is but one piece of a larger multidisciplinary project focused on Black mobility and culture through the lens of the Green Book; there will also be a board game, a children’s book, a Smithsonian exhibit and walking tours via mobile app. Out February 25. ReddIt. Out April 28. Award-winning and bestselling writer N.K. Bold Type Books. By K.S. 304 pages. Henry Holt and Co. 256 pages. Out March 24. One World. Forge Books. One of them might be just what you need at just the right time. Verso. All Art & Poetry Books Cinema Fashion Food Pop Culture Travel. With poems from classic, well loved poets as well as innovative and bold modern voices, She Will Soar is a stunning collection and an essential addition to any bookshelf. This eye opening book comes highly recommended. NYU Press. Out March 15. I love speculative fiction that ties an envisioned future with historical roots and Nicole Glover’s debut does just that; then it adds in pinches of mystery and magic for good measure. I am firmly convinced that the way to true equality and justice for all will be on a radical Black queer feminist road; Sensuous Knowledge is Ms. Afropolitan Minna Salami’s insightful contribution to our success. Drawn & Quarterly. If you enjoyed Meija’s amazing debut, We Set the Dark on Fire, you will love its thrilling, twisting, queer, feminist sequel. This debut poetry collection, by spoken word artist extraordinaire Aija Mayrock, is a testament to the beauty, hardships and power of womanhood. 0. Out February 14. Milk and Honey book. This book brings together unpublished work as well as her celebrated and lesser-known articles. A kick in the Belly follows footprints and clues to unravel how women played a distinctly female role in the development of a culture of slave resistance. Test your knowledge of the women your teachers forgot about and delve into the eye opening and wildly interesting history of these unmentioned trailblazers. 144 pages. September 1. A unique autobiography exploring how morality, duty, decorum, beauty, happiness and whatever else the patriarchy is selling corsets women’s bodies, souls and sexualities. Out February 18. Out January 21. Leave a comment (all fields required) Aug 31, 2020 - Feminist Books and Reading List for Women. By Chana Porter (@PorterChana). By Yaa Gyasi. By P. Carl (@pcarlphd). Books, of course, can certainly transport you—can nourish your mind and soul. Here, we rounded up the best feminist books … 320 pages. By Francesca Momplaisir. While it had its ups and downs, 2019 was a great year for books written by women, trans and gender nonconforming writers and other historically marginalized writers. Out April 14. Maisy Card’s remarkable debut is for anyone out there with family drama or trauma and for those who have tried to make their own way despite (or in spite of) it. 272 pages. Thammavongsa’s radiant debut collection of short stories is full of precarity, strength, uncertainty, messiness and life. In this semi-autobiographical debut, Echo Brown confronts themes of drug addiction, sexual abuse and depression within an evocative framework of magical realism and cements herself as a brilliant new literary voice at the same time. By Kacen Callender (@kacencallender). 256 pages. This utterly original debut traces three generations of Taiwanese women as they grapple with myth, secrets, queerness and migration. This is a story about enslaved women who struggled for freedom in the West Indies. By Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (@fazlalizadeh). Viking. We are not worthy. This necessary collection is focused on practical, grassroots alternatives to current reactive measures for dealing with violence and crime. We appreciate your patience in awaiting a reply. 100 pages. Out February 11. This powerful first anthology from Catapult magazine features twenty writers sharing their stories of migration, family and what home means to them. The dark Internet is used to spread their ideas so that they are becoming a part of our collective consciousness. Read for necessary truths of today and everyday. (Don’t miss this list for fall 2020 queer and feminist books too). I haven’t seen this one yet but am so intrigued by over 500 pages of works representing the current—and future—Black cultural moment. By Aija Mayrock (@aijamayrock). More Than A Woman celebrates all middle-aged women who keep the world turning. Out May 1. By Maisy Card (@dracm). Out April 14. By Juliana Delgado Lopera (@julianadlopera). By Minna Salami (@msafropolitan). I also include poetry here, which most other lists do not; my 2019 list didn’t either, but then I rediscovered my love of poetry. Out December 1. Simon & Schuster. Out January 28. 176 pages. 272 pages. 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