December is speeding by, so here’s a cheery welcome back to Paperback Presents (our holiday gift guide).
Our first edition contained 10 books for the film and TV enthusiast in your life, and last week’s installment was filled with the best buys for your friend with a serious case of wanderlust. This time, we’re providing you a gift-buying-guide for the feminist in your life. You know, the one who’s already read Audre Lorde, or whatever, and can quote Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things To Me, cover-to-cover. If you’re left feeling like there’s no possible book your feminist friend has perused already, here are nine books they are bound to enjoy.
Of course, being a feminist can mean different things for different people—as we know from the baddest of them all, Roxane Gay, it’s hard to be a perfect example of feminism—so here’s a holiday guide featuring books that celebrate strong women and their powerful thinking.
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1. Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World, Ann Shen
Synopsis: Aphra Behn, first female professional writer. Sojourner Truth, activist and abolitionist. Ada Lovelace, first computer programmer. Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Joan Jett, godmother of punk. The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change. Featuring bold watercolor portraits and illuminating essays by Ann Shen, Bad Girls Throughout History is a distinctive, gift-worthy tribute.
Why it works: It would be remiss of me not to include such a fun, diverse celebration of so many women. It features the most wonderful illustrations along with short essays that are “meant to whet your appetite for exploring more on your own.” So overall, it’s equal parts fun, beautiful, and informative. What’s not to love.