book reviews

Must-read books for and about women, including thought-provoking novels, business books, memoirs and feminist histories.

Maya Conroy12 days ago
Feminism in 'The Great Gatsby'
After reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, I am left a bit surprised by the female characters. Half of them seem to be independent and embracing their opportunities to be something more th...
Clare Woodforda month ago
In the Eyes of the Beholder
In the Eyes of the Beholder: Classification, labels, branding: we have all been sorted into groups whether through our income, gender, religious beliefs, or even the most simple of things; your shirt,...
Nancy Fingerhood2 months ago
All Heterosexual Sex Is Rape
At first, I misunderstood the premise of Andrea Dworkin’s book, Intercourse, to mean heterosexual sex is rape. I fell into the trap of believing her critics without reading the book myself, but when I...
Stephanie Moscone3 months ago
Explaining Away Mansplaining
When writing a personal piece, an author tries to make connections to their audience through their own experiences. This can be done in order to teach a moral lesson, or to give a perspective on an as...
Beth Gross3 months ago
The Lost Art of Being a Gentlewoman
There is a book that I have taken with me though every move in the past 20 years. It’s dog-eared and a bit battered, but it’s the one thing I always have with me. Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathn...
Danny Fantom3 months ago
Have You Read This Yet? 'Milk and Honey' by Rupi Kaur - Part 2
In the first article of this series, I introduced the book Milk and Honey, a book mixed of poetry and an autobiography. The stark truths were hard to swallow as they came relentlessly and without embe...
Nicole Sittarich4 months ago
'The Goddess Revolution:' Book Review
Reading has always been a huge love of mine. To find escape within the pages of a book is one of my favorite ways to spend time, so I've decided to start writing reviews and sharing my good reads with...
Danny Fantom4 months ago
Have You Read This Yet? 'Milk and Honey' by Rupi Kaur - Part 1
(WARNING: This book does touch on subjects such as rape, abuse, and other sensitive subjects. Read this, and the book, with caution and care to your mental well being) I picked this book up on a lark....
Kayla Starr5 months ago
Pride and Prejudice
Marriage has yet to be perfected as it is constantly evolving. This very progression has brought about the digression of how we compare to the 18th century world of Pride and Prejudice inhabits. As th...
Lauren Stengel5 months ago
The Yellow Wallpaper and the Paper Parallel
“There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will” . This quote from Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, to me, is exceptionally compelling. We know from the context...
Monica Panait6 months ago
Surviving Sexual Violence. Feminist Perspectives
Author of the book: Liz Kelly Year of publication: 1988 Book title: Surviving Sexual Violence Publisher: Polity Press Liz Kelly was born in 1951 and she has been a feminist researcher and activist eve...
Rachel Blanchard7 months ago
Must Read Feminist Books
The mind of a feminist is more powerful and open-minded than most others. Why? Their main focus in life is to gain equalization for both genders — to demolish gender roles, stereotypes, and everything...
SR James7 months ago
Companions, Concubines, and Chastities — Is this the Female Future?
Louise O'Neill's award winning novel Only Ever Yours is catagorised as dystopian, but reading it I didn't feel like I was entering a disastrous future world, full of prophesies yet to pass — it felt l...
Kristina Bratsch7 months ago
The Rhetorical Analysis of Peggy Orenstein's 'Just Between You, Me, and My 622 Bffs'
When I first got into Facebook and Twitter, I got bullied because of my weight and looks. I would have people comment on my pictures "You're fat," "You are a cunt," "You need to lose weight," "It look...
Lauren Conheeney7 months ago
Women in Literature – the Role of Liz Gold in the Spy Who Came in from the Cold
John Le Carré’s, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, is a complex novel, with many layers and, often, re-reading it reveals further and further hidden secrets. However, essentially, the novella holds t...
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Destiny Smith8 months ago
In Defense Of Minor Characters
We have seen what’s on the road. We’ve seen the drug hazed, beautiful rot that followed a generation of lost boys, straight out of Peter Pan, as they searched a postwar concealer-soaked country for an...
Janie McKnight8 months ago
Reasons Anne of Green Gables is the Best Female Character Ever
In case you don't know, Anne of Green Gables is an 8 book series written by Canadian author L. M. Montgomery. The first book, Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908. I first read Anne of Green Gab...
Wilson Geraldo9 months ago
Gender Criticism of Junot Diaz's 'The Cheater's Guide to Love'
In today's society, gender plays an important role in almost every aspect of our lives. Much like racism, and religious intolerance, sexism is a learned behavior. It is prevalent in many cultures, inc...