We’ve rounded up the 10 perfect reads to empower, evoke emotion, liberate and get lost in this Spring.
If Men, Then by Eliza Griswold
A darkly humorous new collection of poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Wideawake Field and Amity and Prosperity.
Pretty Bitches edited by Lizzie Skurnick Introduced by Rebecca Traister
These empowering essays from leading female writers Laura Lipmann, Meg Wolizer, Jennifer Weiner and Rebecca Traister examine the power of the gendered language that is used to diminish women. Spanning the street, the bedroom, the voting booth, and the workplace, these simple words have huge stories behind them — and imagine a more liberated world.
Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee
This is the story of Bri’s journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge’s associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland–where justice can look very different, especially for women.
The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she’d vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred?
HER. By Pierre Jeanty
Her is a collection of poetry and prose about women, their strengths and beauty. Every woman should know the feelings of being loved and radiating those feelings back to her mate. This is a beautiful expression of heartfelt emotion using short, gratifying sentiments. If there is a lover in you, you will not get enough of Her.
Women Who Run with Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
For centuries, the ‘wild woman’ has been repressed by a male-orientated value system which trivialises women’s emotions. Using a combination of time-honoured stories and contemporary casework, Estes reveals that the ‘wild woman’ in us is innately healthy, passionate and wise. Thoughtfully written and compelling in its arguments, Women Who Run With The Wolves gives readers a new sense of direction, a self-confidence and purpose in their lives.
Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
Wild Embers explores the fire that lies within every soul, weaving words around ideas of feeling at home in your own skin, allowing yourself to heal and learning to embrace your uniqueness with love from the universe. Featuring rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom and poetry that burns with revolution, this collection is an explosion of femininity, empowerment and personal growth.
You may have watched the TV series which launched on STAN in April, now it’s time to read the book where it all started. Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can’t. It’s just incredible…
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
Now a Netflix Original series, Unorthodox is the bestselling memoir of a young Jewish woman’s escape from a religious sect. This book is a remarkable and fascinating coming-of-age story, it really does give you an incredible insight to the lives of Hasidic Jews and their enforced customs.
Mans Search for Meaning by Viktore E. Frankl
A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn’t) with the experience. The sort of person the concentration camp prisoner became was the result of an inner decision and not of camp influences alone. Frankl came to believe man’s deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. This outstanding work offers us all a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the art of living.
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