Since March is Women’s History Month, I compiled a list of some of my favorite feminist memoirs and novels. Please read at your own discretion, as many of these books cover sensitive topics.
Know My Name is a memoir by the victim of a sexual assault on Stanford’s campus. Originally anonymous, Miller’s writing first went viral after her victim impact statement was posted on Buzzfeed. You can find that here. If I could only recommend one of the books on this list, it would be this one. Undoubtedly, Chanel Miller’s story would be a powerful one, but even disregarding the events she went through, Miller’s writing is powerful on its own.
A classic, now with multiple film adaptations, Little Women tells the story of a family of four sisters growing up during the Civil War. The March women are strong, independent, and outspoken women for their time. Alcott’s writing is digestible and the story is so timeless that Little Women doesn’t feel like a classic.
Kiley Reid’s debut novel, Such A Fun Age, is a contemporary fiction following the story of two women, Alix, an affluent white woman, and Emira, a young Black woman who babysits for Alix’s child. On a trip to the supermarket, Emira is accused of kidnapping Alix’s child. The story follows the aftermath of that event and the relationship between Alix and Emira. Such A Fun Age discusses the intersections between race, class, and gender in a modern way.
Written by the author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of generations of Afghan women in Kabul and their resilience through domestic abuse, forced marriage, war, and rape. The unlikely friendship between the two female protagonists in this story, combined with Hosseini’s writing style, is extremely powerful.
Emily Ratajkowski’s debut book, My Body, is an introspective collection of essays. Ratajkowski is a renowned model and actress, known for her appearance in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video. Her memoir reflects on the line and intersection between objectification and empowerment of women in our current culture.
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