CALL TO ARMS

Rule-break­ing reads that prom­ise to in­vig­o­rate

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The Fe­male Per­sua­sion by Meg Wolitzer

What does it mean to grow up fe­male and am­bi­tious? Meg Wolitzer nav­i­gates this seem­ingly un­der­played re­al­ity through this mul­ti­lay­ered novel about friend­ship, men­tor­ship and wom­an­hood. A fem­i­nist block­buster for our times.

Not That Bad by Rox­ane Gay

This se­ries of first-per­son es­says, col­lected by the New York Times best­selling author, Rox­ane Gay, tack­les rape, as­sault and ha­rass­ment head-on from women of all back­grounds—a re­minder that though the sub­ject mat­ter is es­pe­cially timely, it is also time­less.

Girls Burn Bright er by Shobha Rao

Girls Burn Brighter is a brave, pow­er­ful de­but by novelist Shoba Rao, who weaves a heart-wrench­ing tale of eco­nomic de­pri­va­tion, friend­ship and fe­male strength, from the per­spec­tive of two fe­males in the low­est ech­e­lon of ru­ral In­dia.

The Red Word by Sarah Hen­stra

A stir­ring back-to-school novel that deals with fem­i­nism and rape cul­ture, The Red Word ex­plores the bi­na­ries in cam­pus pol­i­tics and the ex­tremes to which ide­ol­ogy can go, es­pe­cially when caught be­tween op­pos­ing fra­ter­ni­ties.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo’s finely-tuned voice helps read­ers from all back­grounds to bet­ter un­der­stand the hy­per-charged is­sues in Amer­ica, from the com­plex­ity of its ra­cial di­vide and sys­temic dis­crim­i­na­tion, to priv­i­lege and mi­croag­gres­sions.

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