With a mix of memoir and essay, Brittney Cooper reflects on how her own life experiences continue to shape her black feminist theory. From poverty to Christianity, she shows how systemic inequalities influence the daily lives of black women and she has learned to grapple with these outside factors affecting her own life. Cooper learns how to take her rage from the mistreatment and sadness she faces in her life and turn it into joy. I highly recommend this book.
Mary Beard’s Women and Power is a slim volume comprising two of her most famous lectures about the roots of sexism and misogyny from ancient times until now. This little tome has been called “a modern feminist classic,” befitting Beard, a scholar of the Greeks and Romans who has also become something of a social media sensation in Britain. The book begins with the story of Telemachus trying to forcefully silence his mother, Penelope, and moves on to other historical precedents for attitudes and biases against women that persist today. Beard’s smart, lively, and persuasive case for women raising their voices (and fists) offers an intellectual and historical foundation for the women’s resistance, from marches, to #MeToo, to the droves of female candidates running for political office this year. Onward!
What is funny about an elective mastectomy? Everything, as it turns out, in this heartwarming memoir from the fearless and, dare I say, *perky* standup comedian Caitlin Brodnick. At age 28, Brodnick chose to have a preventative double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 genetic mutation. Sharing every aspect of her journey – from giving up her nipples, to winning an Emmy for the docuseries produced by Glamour to chronicle her surgery – DANGEROUS BOOBIES is a bold and surprising delight from a writer the Washington Post called “part advocate, part comedian, and part the girl you want to sit next to on the airplane.”