7 Books Every Feminist Is Reading This Fall 

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Whether she’s your friend, sister, or mother, make sure the feminist in your life does not go without these titles this fall. With everything from historical fiction to captivating memoir, this list is sure to keep you busy before the holiday season.

You Can’t Buy Love Like That by Carol E. Anderson

Leading up to the feminist movement, this memoir revisits the life of a tenacious young girl struggling with the reality of being a lesbian in the 60’s. While learning to embrace who she really is, the opportunity for her father’s acceptance deteriorates due to sudden tragedy. Carol must find it in herself to come out to her mother in this story of self, compassion and courage.

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado

A collection of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories, Her Body and Other Parties breaks genre rules, bringing light to the realities of women’s lives and the violence inflicted on their bodies. Machado’s newest book is a must-read for any feminist who stands for the right to control one’s own body.

Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett

This paperback re-release of the Wall Street Journal bestseller documents the meetings of a real-life fight club minus the men and the fighting, of course. From women who have experienced sexist-job frustrations, this read is filled with the invaluable strategies of how to tackle the incessant male presence in your office. The undeniable sense of camaraderie among women makes this a must-read for any feminist in today’s workforce.

Women Within by Anne Leigh Parrish

What do you get when you throw three multi-generational women into one novel? An interweaving of grace, hope and romance. Parrish encaptures the true experience of what it is to be a woman at all stages of life in this story of three inconceivably strong women.  Perfect for the feminist of all ages in your life.

Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan

This memoir brings to question every action and decision made in Amy Tan’s young life. Amy takes life lessons she has learned from childhood into adulthood and intertwines them with her own fiction writing.  Where the Past Begins is a piece about using weaknesses in your favor and the emerging success of a writer who refused to let her past define her future.

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy

The strength of feminism has always been important, according to this October release. During a time of war and extreme masculinity, one group of highly skilled women led the way for future generations through code-breaking, saving lives and opening up new career paths for women. Mundy unveils the untold story of a very important part of American History that otherwise would have been kept secret.

Trauma: A Collection of Short Stories by Elizabeth Jaikaran

This is collection of true stories about abuse imposed on women, girls and members of the LGBT community in Guyanese. It will give all feminists another reason to keep up the good fight this fall. Through a new lens of storytelling, Jaikaran reveals the far-reaching presence and influence of violence and strict cultural norms plaguing our world.

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