11 Essential Feminist Books and More Critical Linking

Today it’s time to highlight one of the many recommended reading lists that the NYPL’s librarians regularly create for the reading public.“Know Your Feminisms”–a book list “essential for understanding the history of feminism and the women’s rights movement”–could easily be used in a Feminism 101 course. It runs chronologically, beginning with these ten volumes (the quoted descriptions come from Lynn Lobash).

Any time is a good time for feminist books, but this is especially great timing for Women’s History Month.


There are few things we love here at Flavorwire more than bookshelves — apart from books themselves. There’s just something about a well-designed shelving system that gets our bookish senses tingling. After spotting several floor-to-ceiling stunners, we searched for stylish creations from other architecture firms and design studios. Here are ten of the best bookshelves we’d love to get lost in.

I’m not sure which of these I like the most. They’re all great.


Cecilia Levy has found a novel use for old books and comics. Instead of throwing them out, the Swedish artist transforms them into beautiful works of paper art.

I know people have opinions about book art, but I love it, and Levy’s talent here is amazing.


It was a chilly mid-November day whose slate-gray sky constantly threatened showers, so I bundled up in both a fleece and a raincoat. In such intemperate weather, I usually arm myself with a strong cup of coffee and a good book. One problem: I didn’t have anything to read. Luckily, I was in New York City. Though there has been much talk in recent years about the death of the printed word, Gotham is home to a wealth of excellent bookstores. The best aren’t necessarily the sprawling general-interest shops; they’re the ones designed to be the ultimate geek-out spots for subject-specific bookworms.

It seems to me non-surprising that New York City has a lot of specialty bookstores (it IS a city, after all) but I love this look at them nonetheless. Love letters to city bookstores always make me happy.

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Kelly Jensen: Kelly is a former teen and adult librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Twitter @veronikellymars.