Book Club: Smash the Patriarchy

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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay– I can’t really do a book review here because I just started reading this, but I like it so far.  It’s a book of essays.

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates– I have recommended this before.  Its a letter from a man to his son about the dangers of growing up black in America, and about how race is a social construct.  I kept waiting for the solution to be presented, but it’s a description of the world as it is today from a perspective you may not have.

Americanah by Chimamamda Ngozi Adichie –  This book is fiction, and I read it over a year ago.  Many parts of it remain vivid in my memory, which I think is a sign of a well written book.  It is a story about a Nigerian immigrant’s life in American, and eventual return home.  While I was looking up the link, I saw that she has also written a book called We Should All Be Feminists, which I haven’t read but I just ordered it from the library.

Shrill: Notes from a  Loud Woman by Lindy West – I read this a while ago, and I had resisted at first because some of Lindy’s essays or blog posts rubbed me the wrong way when I read them on Jezebel.  But reading this book gave me more perspective and background on her thoughts and where she is coming from.  She writes about the fact that words matter, and they way we talk affects the way people are treated.  It’s also very funny.

I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajay– I haven’t read this yet, but I plan to soon.  I like the idea of a book that will make me laugh and contain a plan for being better on social media.

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One thought on “Book Club: Smash the Patriarchy

  1. Mary Hanley

    Just finished The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. If follows three women during WWII from three very different perspectives. Partially based on true characters, it was very interesting, but faltered a little at the end.

    Am in the middle of Chrs Bohjalian’s new book The Guest Room. Kind of a quick read, deals with sex trafficking. I’m getting a little tired however of the literary device where we switch chapters between main characters ie. Gone Girls, Girl on a Train, this book and the above. It was clever at first…

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