Books Recommendations from the withitgirls:
Withitgirl Book of the Month: The Girls (2016) by Emma Cline
The majority of this riveting novel takes place in 1969 and is loosely based on the Manson Family cult and the murder of actress Sharon Tate. It focuses on young Evie Boyd, who struggles to find her footing in everyday society. Soon, she turns to the intoxicating older girl, Suzanne, and is slowly sucked into the close circle of a charismatic leader of a soon-to-be infamous cult.
Check out this review on NPR
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Every Day Is a Poem (2020) by Jacqueline Suskin
In Every Day Is a Poem, Jacqueline Suskin aims to answer these questions by using poetry as a tool for finding clarity and feeling relief. With provocative questions, writing practices, and mindset exercises, this celebrated poet shows you how to focus your senses, cultivate curiosity, and create your own document of the world’s beauty. Emphasizing that the personal is inextricable from the creative, Suskin offers specific instructions on how to make a map of your past and engage with your pain to write a healing poem.
(Stay tuned for our Withitgirl interview with Jacqueline coming soon!)
The Most Radical Thing You Can Do (2020) Foreword by Gretel Ehrlich
COMING SOON: The Most Radical Thing You Can Do: The Best Political Essays from Orion Magazine. Drawing on Orion’s rich archives, we’ve pulled together essays by Rebecca Solnit, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Bill McKibben, Paul Kingsnorth, Glenis Redmond, Terry Tempest Williams, Winona LaDuke, and others. With a foreword by Gretel Ehrlich, this book diagnoses our woes and imagines a better, more just future.
Wave Woman (2020) by Vicky Heldreich Durand
Wave Women is a charming and intimate biography, a love letter from a daughter to her progressive mother who broke glass ceilings with simple curiosity and desire. Betty trained to swim in the 1936 Olympic Games. She eloped on a hunch and learned the tough lessons of love. With entrepreneurial creativity and a drive for self-sufficiency, Betty found meaning as a sculptor, a dental hygienist, a jeweler, a fisherwoman, a potter, and a poet.
Wave Women website and Instagram
Women who Run with Wolves (1989/1992) by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D
In Women Who Run with Wolves, Dr. Estes unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, and stories, many from her own family, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.
The Kitchen Gods Wife (1991) by Amy Tan
The Kitchen God's Wife is the second novel by Chinese-American author, Amy Tan. First published in 1991, it deals extensively with Sino-American female identity and draws on the story of her mother's life. The book was largely considered a commercial success, making bestsellers lists in several countries worldwide.
Book Review from The New York Times
The Island of Sea Women (2019) By Lisa See
Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows Mi-Ja and Young-sook, two girls from very different backgrounds, as they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective.
Review from The New York Times
She Surf: The Rise of Female Surf (2020)
By Lauren L Hill
She Surf hails the females, past and present, who are engaged in expanding the art of surfing. Through exclusive interviews and evocative imagery, the book travels from the iconic waves of Hawaii to remote locations in Morocco.
Read more about the book here
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