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Best new books with a Feminist theme?

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Jean | 1 comments I'll start.

Spa by B. F. Camis

I just finished SPA by B.F. Camis and I sincerely doubt that you could find a more intense emotional experience than this book.

If you want the ultimate Orwellian dark side of how far female body image obsession can go you have to read this. I want to say more but I don't want to give anything away. Just read it.

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Spinifex Press | 1 comments Big Porn Inc by Melinda Tankard Reist

Obvious bias and shameless self-promotion ... but we think 'Big Porn Inc' is an exciting new feminist title and important literature on the harms of the global porn industry.

Bite Your Tongue  by Francesca Rendle-Short

On the Fiction end - 'Bite Your Tongue' is the ultimate mother/daughter coming-of-age tale. A book about one mother's book-burning crusade and her daughter who went on to become a novelist ...

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Taylor (seffietay) When She Woke by Hillary Jordan looks interesting; a woman has her skin genetically dyed red as a punishment for having an abortion. We are reading it in my book club if anyone wants to participate!

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Elizabeth (mildly_miffed) | 2 comments Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme is a collection of essays about being butch or femme or a little of each. It's worth a read. Lots of diversity of perspectives.

Persistence All Ways Butch and Femme by Ivan E. Coyote

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Judith Newton (ursula70) | 1 comments I can't say it's the best because it's my own, but I hope it's ok to announce a new feminist food memoir, Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen.

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Nancy King | 2 comments Changing Spaces. My new novel, "Changing Spaces," tells the story of a runaway Midwestern almost-divorced wife who finds the home of her heart with new friendships and a crash course in assertiveness training in New Mexico (let's just say by the time her husband catches up with her, he doesn't recognize her).

It takes the right environment to nurture us back to mental health and the home of our heart. This book is for women and anyone who has ever felt disconnected from their true Self.

Published by Plain View Press (Jan. 1, 2014).

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Emily (ecdahl) | 1 comments Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism's Work Is Done
I know it's not super new, but it came out in 2010 and is one of my favorite recent reads.

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Diane DeBella (DianeDeBella) | 3 comments Emily wrote: "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism's Work Is Done
I know it's not super new, but it came out in 2010 and is one of my favorite recent reads."

This is an excellent book. I teach her concepts of embedded feminism and enlightened sexism in all of my classes, and recommend this book to all of my students.

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Diane DeBella (DianeDeBella) | 3 comments When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice This is an amazingly beautiful work that addresses the importance of women finding and using their voice.

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Diane DeBella (DianeDeBella) | 3 comments I might also suggest I Am Subject: Sharing Our Truths to Reclaim Our Selves This is mine, but it truly fits the category of new book with a feminist theme. I address the importance of women sharing their stories, and I examine my own life as well as the lives and writings of women who have written about themselves as subject going all the way back to Mary Wollstonecraft in the 1700s. This book is my memoir interwoven in a literary canvas because listening to and learning from other female story-tellers allows us the opportunity to increase our awareness and change our own stories. Then we can tell our stories as subject of our own lives and provide guidance to those who are coming up behind us.

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Rhiannon Johnson (rhiannonjohnson) Stephanie wrote: "When She Woke by Hillary Jordan looks interesting; a woman has her skin genetically dyed red as a punishment for having an abortion. We are reading it in my book club if anyone wants to participate..."

This was a great read! I would love if she continued with a sequel or made this into a series. Jordan incorporates themes from The Handmaid's Tale and The Scarlet Letter but only teasingly. The dystopian element is almost forgotten during reading because of Jordan's mastery of setting and storytelling. I would like to check out your discussions in your book club.

message 12: by Nancy (new)

Nancy King | 2 comments My novels all deal with women taking their full space and place in their lives, an important theme both in my fiction and my life. You can read excerpts of my novels: A Woman Walking, Morning LIght, The Stones Speak, and Changing Spaces, on my website:

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Tisha Marie | 1 comments Remedy for a Broken AngelAnother unique take on the mother-daughter relationship can be found in Toni Ann Johnson's 'Remedy for a Broken Angel' which puts a Bermudian jazz vocalist in conflict with her twelve-year-old daughter, Artie. When Artie sees her mother again 14 years later... Read the opening pages and I'm sure you will be hooked!

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Elizabeth (mildly_miffed) | 2 comments Roxane Gay's An Untamed State deals with kidnapping and sexual violence in Haiti.

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Dr. (goodreadscomjulie_shayne) | 1 comments Warning, shameless self-promotion:
Please check out my newest book, "Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas."Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas "Taking Risks" is an interdisciplinary collection of stories of grassroots feminist activism in the Americas. The collection is meant to be a feminist approach to academia - that is prioritizing activism and quality of life over personal career advances.

Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or musingsJulie D. Shayne

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Gabriel Mather | 1 comments The Ahe'ey Series by Jamie Le Fay


Here is my review:

I just finished reading the 4th episode of this series, and I look forward to other books. The author says she releases at least one episode per month (I hope this is true). Ahe'ey is different and surprising. This series is very much about gender, sexual orientation, body image and stereotypes. The focus on the meaning of masculinity is very relevant to current affairs aka Trump. It's the first time I read a fiction book that covers the topic of body image and self-esteem and that actually includes men as well as women. The story lines and the characters are very engaging. Be prepared to be left craving for the next episode as each book leaves you questions that will only be answered later in the series. This is a mixed genre series focusing on fantasy, romance, and feminism. I admit, I'm a bit obsessed about it.

The book blurb:

Morgan is a dreamer, change maker and art lover. She is a feisty, romantic feminist full of contradictions and insecurities. Morgan uncovers a world where women have the power, and where magic is no longer just a figment of her wild imagination. Sounds like a dream, but it may, in fact, turn into a nightmare.

The world of the Ahe'ey challenges and subverts her views about gender, genes, and nature versus nurture.

The strong and uninvited chemistry with the dashing Gabriel make matters even more complicated. His stunning looks keep short-circuiting her rational mind.

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