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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Book suggestions to celebrate International Women's Day!

Happy International Women's Day!

We just spent a few hours whittling down all of our women-centered, feminist books into a manageable amount of recommendations—just for you!

Essays and other non-fiction: We Should All Be Feminists (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie); Bad Feminist (Roxane Gay); Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit); Heroines (Kate Zambreno); Women in Clothes (ed. Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton)

Biography and autobiography: Assata: An Autobiography (Assata Shakur); Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (Audre Lorde); Woman Rebel (Peter Bagge); Girl in a Band (Kim Gordon); Redefining Realness (Janet Mock); Ada's Algorithm (James Essinger); The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Jill Lepore)

Roman graphiques: Mélody (Sylvie Rancourt); Fantastic Plotte (Julie Doucet); J'aime les filles (Obom)

Graphic novels: Are You My Mother? (Alison Bechdel); Everywhere Antennas (Julie Delporte); Aya de Yopougon (Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie)

Eloisa Aquino's Butch Dyke zines! Audre Lorde, Brazilian Singers, JD Samson, Jenny Shimizu

For kids: Pippi Moves In! (Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman); Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine); A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle); Anne of Green Gables (Lucy Maude Montgomery); The Case of the Missing Moonstone (Jordan Stratford); Lumberjanes comics (Stevenson, Ellis, Watters & Allen)

Fiction & poetry: The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan); Lilith's Brood (Octavia Butler); Hild (Nicola Griffith); Not Me (Eileen Myles); I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou); The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood); Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

On sex work: Blood and Guts in High School (Kathy Acker); Pornocracy (Catherine Breillat); Playing the Whore (Melissa Gira Grant); Burqa of Skin (Nelly Arcan, translated by Melissa Bull)

On queerness and gender: Pregnant Butch (A. K. Summers); How To Grow Up (Michelle Tea); Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (Julia Serano); Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme (Ivan E. Coyote)

Horror and witchery: House of Psychotic Women (Kier-La Janisse); The Penguin Book of Witches (Katherine Howe): Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (Silvia Federici)

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