book reviews

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

Maddy Searle9 months ago
'Valley of the Dolls'- Book Review
Valley of the Dolls was the original blockbuster bestseller. Written by American author Jacqueline Susann and published in 1966, it combines bitchy gossip with real insight into celebrity culture. The...
April Demarco9 months ago
Best Books About Feminism Every Feminist Should Read
Whether you're looking to begin your path as a feminist, or simply further expand your knowledge on the movement as a veteran feminist, we've got you covered. Reading some of the best books about femi...
Maya Conroy10 months 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 year 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,...
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...
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 Grossa year 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 Fantoma year ago
Have You Read This Yet? 'Milk and Honey' by Rupi Kaur (Pt. 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...
'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 Fantoma year 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 Starra year 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 Stengela year 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 Panaita year 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...
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 Jamesa year 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...
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 Ca year 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 Smitha year 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...