Preemptive warning: yes, this is “one of those” political posts. Books and writing are inherently political. Books contain ideas, thoughts, and experiences. Even if being “political” wasn’t the goal, anything can be politicized – just look at breastfeeding, for example. Or the right to marry who you love. That being said, nothing changes if we stick our heads in the sand. So if political posts aren’t your thing, I urge you, especially, to read this post.
I cannot wait to read HRC’s forthcoming book, What Happened, which comes out on September 12. And while I have a pretty damn good idea what happened back in November, I am so here for anything HRC writes. I was with her then, and #ImStillWithHer. To help pass the time until the 12th, here are some books to read to get you excited for it.
I mean, Nasty Women and Bad Hombres gotta pass the time somehow, right?
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama: A nice reminder of what a presidential President was like. Pretty much sums it up.
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A collection of writings by RBG, spanning her entire life, not just her time as a Supreme Court justice.
Hard Choices by HRC: This book looks at her time as Secretary of State under President Obama, and is a smart, politically insightful memoir. Far from dry, this book showcases her leadership ability and professional demeanor. Anyone who doubted her capacity to be President should have read this book. It is hard to imagine anyone in the current administration writing such a well-written, intelligent, calm and collected account.
The Destruction of Hillary Clinton by Susan Bordo: When HRC lost the election, it was a familiar feeling to women everywhere; seeing a spectacularly qualified woman lose a job to a drastically unqualified man. Bordo, a renowned feminist scholar, examines all the pieces that led to HRC’s loss. This is not an easy or comfortable read at all, but it is a necessary and important one.
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor: A candid memoir from the first Hispanic and third woman Supreme Court justice, this book is necessary reading for keeping the faith and lifting up strong women.
Because our work is far from done.