Kid BookHenry Huggins by Beverly Cleary: This is like the Platonic ideal of a kid book. Dorothy and Cooper were delighted with it. We have a couple more on our list, but we plan to read Ellen Tebbits soon.
Rhetoric Retold by Cheryl Glenn: If you want to find a place for women's voices when you talk about ancient Greek rhetoric, then you should read this.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: This will only take you a minute. READ IT.
Feminism Is For Everybody by bell hooks: THIS BOOK. I am in love. Worldview altering. And that's me as a feminist. If you aren't one, then I cannot even imagine how earth-shattering and paradigm-redefining it would be for you. BUY THIS.
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Ann Helen Petersen: An excellent read. Each chapter is named for a celebrity who is too something-- HRC is too shrill, for example. It's smart, entertaining, and galvanizing.
Fun Work Books
What Happened by Hillary Clinton: Is say fun because I did read this for pleasure, not for the class I am teaching next semester, although I WILL also use this book in class. But this book made me cry every time I picked it up and took the better part of the month to read. You should read it. But still.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Nope.
Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay: LOVE.
Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong: This was charming and sad and funny, a really good combo.
No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts: Such an engaging story of a family, and Ava is a GREAT character.
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson: I am a sucker for this writer. If you haven't read her yet, I recommend her audiobooks-- she reads them herself, and she's lovely. This is the first one I have read as opposed to listen to, and I could hear her voice.
Careers for Women by Joanna Scott: READ THIS!! It's completely brilliant.
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt: About Lizzie Borden. NEED I SAY MORE?
The BEST book this month was Henry Huggins, but What Happened was a close second. You should read it, even if it makes you cry. As usual, the media got it all wrong-- the book is NOT about blame and not about Bernie. It IS about our country's determined march to authoritarianism. Which might be less fun to talk about.