In case you didn’t hear, noted Hermione Emma Watson started a feminist book club called “Our Shared Shelf” in the beginning of January. Her Goodreads group already boasts over 100,000 members. Here, we recommend the five feminist books they should read next.
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Rosina the Midwife
by Jessica Kluthe (Brindle & Glass)
Author Jessica Kluthe is the great-great-grandaughter of the eponymous Rosina, a midwife in Calabria amidst widespread emigration from Italy to North America. Her multigenerational story showcases how families stay together through the efforts of women like Rosina, even when they’re thousands of kilometres apart.
In the Land of Two-Legged Women
by Huey Hélene Alcaro (Inanna Publications)
In our current world of stilettos and hair-removal, it isn’t too much of a leap to imagine one where women have their right legs surgically removed at the onset of puberty, as the stumps are desirable to men. When one crafts a wooden leg to gain back some of her mobility, she starts a revolution. Author Huey Hélene Alcaro wrote this dystopian novel at the encouragement of Margaret Atwood.
A Really Good Brown Girl
by Marilyn Dumont (Brick Books)
Brick Books recently republished this classic work by celebrated Métis poet Marilyn Dumont. In this loosely narrative collection of poems, Dumont details – with at-times heartbreaking poignancy – all the nuances of growing up a Métis girl in an environment of “white judges” quick to comment on her gender, or heritage, or both. With lines like: "this land is / my tongue my eyes my mouth", Dumont arrests the reader.
by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Mawenzi House)
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a force, and that is no more evident than in Bodymap, her continued exploration of what it means to be queer, of colour, disabled. She talks of relationships, the body, feminism, spirituality, and politics in this celebration of herself and of all bodies.
by Tamara Faith Berger (Coach House Books)
This book is for grownup members of the club only: Little Cat combines two previously released works of Berger’s into one volume. The tensely erotic sexual encounters in the novellas Lie with Me and The Way of the Whore highlight all of their danger and intimacy, shyness and temerity.
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So get SRS about reading some feminist works, y'all.