Recently, a blatant misogynist was elected president, bringing with him a vice president whose stance on women’s rights and women’s health is so awful that thousands of people are hazing him by donating to Planned Parenthood in his name (and thousands more are just donating to Planned Parenthood). So now seems as good a time as any to brush up on your feminism—not to mention to continue amplifying the voices of women speaking out about their experiences. There are a huge number of classic feminist texts—I Love Dick, Sister Outsider, The Awakening, This Bridge Called My Back, etc.—but I’m assuming you’ve read all those, so thislist is limited to books from the last ten years. Some of these works—fiction, non-fiction, and poetry—are engaging with feminism directly, and some are just inherently feminist. Of course, no list could fully address all of the feminist books out there, so simply consider this a starting point. But get started quickly, before Pence gets his hands on a uterus near you.
Not a terrible list of new classic feminist reads.
Someone has drawn swastikas, racial slurs and other offensive language on books about Islam and the Middle East at Evanston Public Library.
America, 2016. This isn’t normal. And it’s not the first. And it won’t be the last.
Most of the yellow cabs racing through Tunis are decorated with air fresheners, glittery pendulums, and framed baby pictures. Sometimes you’ll find a complimentary box of tissues. But taxi driver Ahmed Mzoughi, 49, has taken a more cerebral approach to his vehicle’s decor. Scattered on the seats and lining the dashboard are slim volumes of poetry, fat novels, and psychology books. Stuck on a side door is a decal that says, “Attention: This Taxi Contains a Book.”
That’s the tagline for a literary initiative launched in October by online book-sharing platform YallaRead (“Come on, Read” in Arabic). In collaboration with E-Taxi, an Uber-style cab-hailing service, YallaRead has put books in a select number of cabs like Mzoughi’s, giving passengers the chance to skim a few pages of Paulo Coelho or Naguib Mahfouz from the comfort of the backseat.
Even before there were bound books, there were libraries. In cities across the world, these temples of knowledge served not only as storehouses for clay tablets and scrolls, but also as centers of culture and learning. Below, get the facts on eight of the most magnificent libraries of the ancient world.
Ohhhh, libraries of antiquity. Where history and book nerdery combine.
As long as you’re consistent, even if it’s only 20 pages a day, you’ll find that by the end of the year you’ve read 7300 pages. If you consider that each book is on average about 200 pages long, that’s 36.5 books a year!
We all know the benefits of reading, which is why we’re here, but I’ve never seen it broken down numerically like this. Neat!