Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
(Amistad, 2016, 175 pages)
Woodson is a poet and that comes across in this book. Her way with language is amazing. This is a slim book and Woodson has a way of conveying so much so concisely that you just sit back and appreciate her way with words. This book transports you to Brooklyn in the 70s. We’re introduced to a friendship made up of four girls: August, Gigi, Sylvia, and Angela. We see the power of friendship but we also see that childhood is fleeting and the real world has a way of coming in and changing your life whether you’re ready for it or not.
This is a poignant and powerful novel.
Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women
by Rebecca Traister
(Free Press, 2010, 352 pages)
Big Girls Don’t Cry takes a look at the 2008 election and what it meant for women in America. A short blurb from the Goodreads summary gives you a feel for what’s covered:
In an utterly engaging, razor-sharp narrative interlaced with her first-person account of being a young woman navigating this turbulent and exciting time, Traister explores how—thanks to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, and the history-making work and visibility of Michelle Obama, Tina Fey, Rachel Maddow, Katie Couric, and others—women began to emerge stronger than ever on the national stage.
This was an engaging (though at times depressing) read. The book lent itself to a lot of reflection on my part. I definitely recommend the book – and the bibliography will lead you to a lot more quality reading. But I think before I look into those I’ll be reading Hillary Clinton’s What Happened 😉
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai, with Christina Lamb
(Back Bay Books, 2015, 330 pages)
Astounding young lady; cultural insight.
Magdalene: Poems by Marie Howe
(W. W. Norton & Co., 2017, 95 pages)
Mary Magdalene poetically interpreted.
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker
(Tin House Books, 2017, 85 pages)
Could read her ALL day.
You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
(Grand Central Publishing, 2016, 291 pages)
Being a woman: easy. Right?
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
(Berkley Books, 2011, 534 pages)
Three extraordinary women – equally powerful.