By NK Jemisin (@nkjemisin). Out March 3. A non-fiction engaging and fun book to brush up on feminist history. Award-winning author Kacen Callendar has written a vibrant and important YA novel about love: Felix Love, a transgender teen who is looking for love, for self and for others. By Meena Alexander. 264 pages. With grace, empathy and wisdom, this robustly written debut examines an American Muslim immigrant experience against the backdrop of a school shooting. By Emerson Whitney (@emersonwhitney_). By Alexis Pauline Gumbs (@alexispauline). Out March 15. While discussing favouri... tes during a year like 2020 seems like a strange revelry in privilege, we feel enormous gratitude for every writer and publisher that produced and shared something last year. 304 pages. By Melissa Valentine (@iammelissav). Out March 24. By Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida (Author), Eric M B Becker (@ericmbbecker) (Translator). Clive James’s joyous farewell, David Bowie speaks to Simon Armitage – and sounds of the city from Caleb Femi ... (Faber). By Jaipreet Virdi (@jaivirdi). (@CarterSickels). Out September 1. You are. Out May 12. 37 Ink. With poems from classic, well loved poets as well as innovative and bold modern voices, She Will Soar is a stunning collection and an essential addition to any bookshelf. Her memoir, Minor Feelings: An … By Tehlor Kay Mejia (@tehlorkay). Powerful and brilliant, this book reflects on parenting, middle-at, marriage, existential crises and of course, feminism. Simon & Schuster. W. W. Norton & Company. Good thing she’s not here! Juliana Delgado Lopera’s bilingual novel about young Colombian immigrant Francisca is exceptional, unflinching, cheeky and queer AF. Award-winning and bestselling writer N.K. A unique autobiography exploring how morality, duty, decorum, beauty, happiness and whatever else the patriarchy is selling corsets women’s bodies, souls and sexualities. Abrams Press. Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 304 pages. Charlotte Markey, body image expert and psychology professor, wants girls aged 9-15 to understand, accept and appreciate their bodies. This groundbreaking and urgent book is about the worldwide extremism nobody wants to talk about. By Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks). It’s said to include stories, poems, recipes, Tweets, essays, art and more. In this utterly unique and important first novel, Young examines themes of love, intrusion, loss, community and trust against a backdrop of a Makah reservation in the Pacific Northwest. 296 pages. Out August 11. Also be sure to check out Stintzi’s outstanding debut novel, Vanishing Monuments, due out in May from Arsenal Pulp Press. Email. Either way, you should be reading the exceptional Breakbeats Poets series from Haymarket; the latest features the work of Latinx masters and up-and-comers alike. Grove Press. By Yaa Gyasi. Out February 11. April 2020 is finally here, and it's brought a boatload of great reading material with it. Beacon Press. I also include poetry here, which most other lists do not; my 2019 list didn’t either, but then I rediscovered my love of poetry. Aug 31, 2020 - Feminist Books and Reading List for Women. 29. Dr. Rita Woods’ debut is a beautifully written historical novel centering resistance to the racism of the past and the present. By Catherine Cho (@catkcho). Our small staff receives hundreds of submissions each season though we publish only fifteen books a year. Out February 4. A struggle that may take shape in many forms, but is essentially shared. By John Elizabeth Stintzi (@stintzi). This original debut deftly addresses big themes in a slim volume: racism, colonialism, feminism, migration and history, to name a few. 100 pages. Mikki Kendall depicts how feminism has failed to weigh in race, class, sexual orientation and disability. Orbit. 512 pages. John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books. I love speculative fiction that ties an envisioned future with historical roots and Nicole Glover’s debut does just that; then it adds in pinches of mystery and magic for good measure. 256 pages. We owe journalist Karen Attiah a debt of gratitude for keeping the important story of Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination in the public eye. Here are the 10 Best Books of 2020, along with 100 Notable Books of the year. By Rosayra Pablo Cruz with Julie Schwietert Collazo (@collazoprojects). This book brings together unpublished work as well as her celebrated and lesser-known articles. Out October 13. It uncovers the huge misogynist communities and networks. Looking to broaden your poetry perspectives? 240 pages. By Souvankham Thammavongsa. If you enjoyed Meija’s amazing debut, We Set the Dark on Fire, you will love its thrilling, twisting, queer, feminist sequel. Personal and searing, Laila Lalami’s latest book is focused on immigration, white supremacy and what it means to be “American”. Men are NEVER the prize. It doesn’t matter on which Caribbean island you look at. 258 pages. 368 pages. Liveright. If you’re looking for something completely different in the new year, check out Chana Porter’s absorbing debut for a peek into a utopian future brought on by a benevolent alien invasion, a future in which we still seek meaning, identity and connection. Out January 14. (Think: Wow, No Thank You by the hilarious Samantha Irby; Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick, which includes several “rediscovered” stories by Zora Neale Hurston; the fantastic debuts How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang, All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad andLittle Godsby Meng Jin;The Night Watchman by the incomparable Louise Erdrich; A Long Petal of the Sea by the unparalleled Isabel Allende; and memoirs by Linda Sarsour, Alicia Keys and Chelsea Manning. Edited by Shirley Hune and Gail M. Nomura. These witty feminist books adopt the wit and grandeur needed to keep a casual reader engaged & entertained. ReddIt. Tin House Books. House of Anansi Press. by Leila Chatti (@laypay). Simon & Schuster. One World. By Candacy Taylor (@candacytaylor). “Lush, sharp and shot through with hope”, the family faces political strife, poverty, tradition, separation and the fickleness of fate. By Genevieve Hudson (@genhudson). Out Feb. 25. We are not worthy. Set in Lagos over a period of decades, this absorbing debut follows twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike from the inseparable bonds of relative comfort to the challenges and independence of poverty. Best Feminist Books in 2020 – Reviewed Even though feminism in the broadest sense possible encompasses several different ideologies, social movements, and political movements, it’s all based on its most important principle: the advocacy of women’s rights predicated on the reasoning that the sexes are equal. Haymarket Books. By Juliana Delgado Lopera (@julianadlopera). With this volume, she can be assured that she’s made her mark on history and our current moment with an urgent call for truth. They have to reinvent things in their own way and take a leaf out of the millennial handbook. By Kacen Callender (@kacencallender). The Original 'F' Collection - by Carola Marin, The Shift: How I (lost And) Found Myself After 40 – and You Can Too by Sam Baker, Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights by Helen Lewis, Men Who Hate Women: From Incels to Pickup Artists, the Truth about Extreme Misogyny and how it Affects Us All by Laura Bates, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde, Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone by Minna Salami, The Body Image Book For Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless by Charlotte Markey, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given, She Will Soar : Bright, brave poems about freedom by women, Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today by Rachel Vorona Cote, Interview with Clare Willets, founder of Not Only Pink and Blue, White women...we have work to do, when nobody is liking, Interview with Kelly McGonigle, Co-Founder of LWL. By Daina Ramey Berry (@dainarameyberry) and Kali Nicole Gross (@kaligrossphd). Fiction, Poetry, and Feminist Nonfiction. 496 pages. Feminism is a movement and a framework for activism, but it’s also a source of inspiration, a springboard for creativity, and a prompt to look at neglected areas of history. These books will inform, entertain, educate and inspire. Knopf. Out May 5. A vast, epic historical novel set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam conflict through the eyes of the people themselves. We love playing a part, however small, in raising awareness about these amazing writers and their creative works. This series of poems embrace the driving need for change and growth, reflecting on the past, the present and the potential of the self. 336 pages. Drawn & Quarterly. Book Review: The Tattooist Of Auschwitz By Heather Morris. Since the list is so long, I tried to keep the descriptions to 1-2 sentences each —which was not easy! Out February 25. Callender also has an LGBTQ-focused book for younger readers, King and the Dragonflies, out in February. Out February 25. 304 pages. Nadia Owusu has penned an engaging and reflective new memoir focused on universal themes of home, abandonment, identity and autonomy. University of Chicago Press. After almost 15 years, the irresistible Julia Alvarez is back with this remarkable and nuanced novel exploring immigration, humanity and compassion in a bitter and fractured world. Duke University Press Books. 272 pages. The poets, however, were not necessarily unified in their themes or formal techniques, but had links to specific movements and trends, such as the New York Poets, the Black Mountain poets , the San Francisco Renaissance , or the Beat Poets . Bold Type Books. Sign up to receive our TFS Friday newsletter, full of fab feminist content and recommendations. 260 pages. Katherine Tegen Books. Graywolf. By Nicole Glover (@ni_glover). By Malaika Adero (@malaikaadero). By Cathy Park Hong (@cathyparkhong). Out August 4. 384 pages. Out February 18. Seal Press. 288 pages. Liveright. Harper One. Award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang has collected stories from a variety of Minneapolis refugees into this beautifully written “collective memoir” which will enlighten readers to the struggle, humanity and agency of refugees throughout the U.S.. By Nadia Owusu (@nadiaowusu1). Now, the time for women north of 40 is here. McSweeney’s Publishing. Truly triumphant in form and content. Out January 21. Out March 17. BOA Editions Ltd. 128 pages. Out May 12. Let some of the best LGBTQ books 2020 had to offer be the rainbow-colored light at the end of the tunnel. Tin House Books. All Art & Poetry Books Cinema Fashion Food Pop Culture Travel. 288 pages. By Ijeoma Oluo (@ijeomaoluo). Out Feb. 4. 20 Best Feminist Books of 2020. Cinema. Out July 21. We will reclaim the F word through info, products and resources. Candid and chilling, Deborah Paredez’s second collection of poems relates her stories and memories of being a Latinx daughter during the Việt Nam conflict. 288 pages. By Kim Sagwa (Author), Sunhee Jeong (Translator). I haven’t seen this one yet but am so intrigued by over 500 pages of works representing the current—and future—Black cultural moment. 400 pages. 480 pages. Facebook. Out February 18. Out June 2. Out April 14. Verso. Out April 14. Out August 4. By Tola Rotimi Abraham (@thattola). Now available for the first time in English, this novel is said to have sparked a new feminist movement in Korea. One World. 360 pages. By Cho Nam-Joo (Author), Jamie Chang (Translator). Magical realism meets gothic suspense in this imaginative historical novel by the author of the outstanding Gods of Jade and Shadow. In a powerful debut collection of poetry, the multitalented John Elizabeth Stintzi candidly details the fear, depression and isolation of examining one’s gender identity. (Don’t miss this list for fall 2020 queer and feminist books too). Center Street. 128 pages. Out July 14. Jemisin does it again, this time with a unique, immersive story of saving New York City that may just change the way you think about sci fi and fantasy—and the Big Apple. By Silvia Moreno-Garcia (@silviamg). 320 pages. Thammavongsa’s radiant debut collection of short stories is full of precarity, strength, uncertainty, messiness and life. 200 pages. Gallery / Saga Press. Hassle Free 90 Day Returns with our Love It Guarantee. It seems I can’t turn on Sirius XM or any of my go-to news stations lately without hearing Zerlina Maxwell and I am a better citizen because of it. One of the few wonderful things about 2020 has been the incredible queer and/or feminist books that have already been published. Villoso (@k_villoso). 640 pages. A kick in the Belly follows footprints and clues to unravel how women played a distinctly female role in the development of a culture of slave resistance. Feminist Book Fortnight starts this weekend and we're celebrating with this fierce round up of some of our favourite feisty feminist and/or womanist poetry collections from recent months, in no particular order. Out April 14. We appreciate your patience in awaiting a reply. With this unflinching collection of essays, Mikki Kendall serves feminists the reality check we need in order to make a more inclusive, equitable and useful feminism for the many, not just the privileged few. You will get unique insights through Interviews with former members of these groups and the people fighting against them on how this movement proceeds. Tin House Books. Sam Baker shares her experiences of her life post 40 and encourages women to create their own stories. 3043 pages. September 1. Zed Books. Sundress Publications. 256 pages. Out January 7. Emerson Whitney’s first prose book is a frank and absorbing examination of transness, brokenness, mothering, femininity, embodiment and truth. Our May 12. Books. By Tiffany Cross (@TiffanyDCross). Del Rey. Out January 21. From the ancient world right up to the present day, it includes poems on wanderlust, travel, daydreams, flights of fancy, escaping into books, tranquillity, courage, hope and resilience. Feminism can be taught at home. Forge Books. Seriously, just read them all. This utterly original debut traces three generations of Taiwanese women as they grapple with myth, secrets, queerness and migration. By Angela Chen (@chengla). During a time of crisis, it can be difficult to focus on books, but if you can, doing so might offer some comfort. 10 Feminist OTT Shows In 2020 That You Must Not Miss. 232 pages. Even though they could not record their stories for posterity a lot of their traces could be found. Henry Holt and Co. 256 pages. Out May 12. 272 pages. Oh, you'll also get a voucher for 10% off your first order. Out September 15. Linkedin. Balzer + Bray. Viking. Through poetry, Monica Sok processes her family’s experiences of the Khmer Rouge, immigration and the Cambodian diaspora with mythical, tender reflection. In this unique and poignant memoir, Abenaki/French Canadian poet Cheryl Savageau describes her bipolar disorder in lyrical, clear and candid prose. By K.S. They are sure to make you laugh, cry, get mad and get going. Their lives intertwine to tell an unfamiliar yet universal tale. Copper Canyon Press. In this semi-autobiographical debut, Echo Brown confronts themes of drug addiction, sexual abuse and depression within an evocative framework of magical realism and cements herself as a brilliant new literary voice at the same time. By Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (@fazlalizadeh). This year was a retreat into books. By Mia Mercado (@miamarket). By Megan Giddings (@megiddings). 352 pages. This one was on my list last year but—as so often happens in publishing—it was delayed. Out April 7. Viking. See you next year. The dark Internet is used to spread their ideas so that they are becoming a part of our collective consciousness. By Minna Salami (@msafropolitan). By Sasha Geffen (@sashageffen). Here are some recommendations for feminist novels, poetry, and nonfiction books. By Deborah Paredez (@debparedez). Best poetry books of 2020. We’ve compiled a list of books, encouraging parents to read these to their children. Aug 29, 2020 - Great poetry books for children. 200 pages. Out April 21. By Laila Lalami (@LailaLalami). Out August 18. This novel gives you an insight into Seoul from today. Difficult Women tells the stories of complicated, contradictory, imperfect women who fought for equal rights. By Echo Brown (@helloechobrown). ', 'how to make him jealous! May 22, 2020: The word feminism can conjure up all sorts of stereotypes and negative connotations for people, and these books are just a small sampling of works meant to change that. In a truly Caribbean novel, Ingrid Persaud tells the story of one Trinidadian family struggling to stay together across miles, secrets and differences. Out May 26. Out May 26. This sharp epic fantasy is as badass as it sounds, so get out there and immerse yourself in this provocative, unflinching world of action, surprises and hope. It’s important for young girls to believe that they can grow up to be whoever they want to be, as long as they are wholeheartedly themselves. Maisy Card’s remarkable debut is for anyone out there with family drama or trauma and for those who have tried to make their own way despite (or in spite of) it. I feel this is our year and if we’re lucky, we’ll have the definitive Crenshaw collection in our hands by this time next year. This list also represents over 55 publishers, from the Big Five to indies to university presses. Out April 7. 224 pages. Women Don’t Owe You Pretty is an accessible leap to feminism which forces you to think about your behavior and pushes you to admit the unpleasant truths. 448 pages. Women’s voices often differ so obviously from men because of our subjugation and objectification, demanding us to speak of our blood and body entirely as our own. The Feminist Know-It-All: You know her. Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot. 225 pages. Pantheon. In her latest compelling poetry collection, Jenny Zhang dares you to flinch as she explores love and existence, innocence and anger, patriarchy and whiteness, capitalism and womanhood. Illustrative of the human costs of inhumane immigration policies. WhatsApp. Part memoir, part history, this informative and engaging book by University of Delaware professor Jaipreet Virdi explores deafness in the U.S. through the lens of the neverending search for a “cure”. List for women north of 40 is here by Cho Nam-Joo ( Author ), Valerie Boyd Editor! 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