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Randa Jarrar's collection of short stories is filled with characters who cackle with wit in the face of life's absurdities and disappointments. Her protagonists are Arab women across the globe who confront a variety of fantastical realities, dismal futures, or complicated family dramas. Jarrar writes each character with such lyrical intensity that their individual voices and sharp perspectives stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. It is rare that a book can have so much humor and heart in equal measure. This sparkling collection is truly wonderful and engaging, a joy to read. -Mary
In Tatterhood, Phelps has collected a wide range of diverse, feminist folktales. From Japan to Africa, we have tales of women outwitting demons, slaying giant beasts, and rescuing princesses. These are the tales our children should be reading—there are no damsels in distress waiting for their princes to come. The heroines of Tatterhood are brave, clever, and independent; they can fight monsters, change fate, and, yes, in some cases, fall in love. Carefully curated with an eye towards female empowerment, these stories promote respect and equality while also being laugh out loud entertaining. -Emma
Part memoir, part anthology, My Own Words offers a humanizing and thorough look into the life of feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It also provides readers with fascinating vignettes on the intersections of gender, Judaism, and law in American history as they pertain to to Justice Ginsburg's life and to our rights today. Authorized biographers Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams introduce each chapter with helpful context and insight, which makes for an engaging biography format. For those who want a deeper understanding of women's rights in America, or of the prominent female figure herself, this book will not disappoint. -Amy
In 2008, artists Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring made a letterpress broadside featuring a quote by suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton: “Come, come my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles and see the world is moving.” This began a years-long project printing broadsides inspired by feminists throughout history, and donating a portion of the proceeds to appropriate causes. This book collects all twenty-four broadsides in luscious color. While O’Leary and Spring’s definition of “feminist” is broad at times, they dig deep to feature lesser-known and under-lauded women. Wonderful for budding activists and designers. -Lauren