Next on the Well-Read Women series is First Look Club reviewer, Jowana Bueser! Jowana has been a social media manager for more than a decade and a struggling feminist for most of her life. She reads books, watches films, and writes about books and films in her spare time. Her attempts at reading one hundred books and watching five hundred films in one year have been unsuccessful. Nevertheless, she is persisting. She is a regular contributor at Check-In and UnreelPH.
Why she thinks it's important to read women
"Women’s literature is a ridiculous phrase because it implies the existence of men’s literature — and there is nothing of that sort. It is a form of othering (i.e. the other sex), an effective weapon of the patriarchal power structure to limit the reach and influence of women. We need to read these books because women can write all kinds of stories in different genres for all ages. And most of the time, women do it better."
Check out her recommended reads!
Appointment with Death is considered one of the lesser stories of the unchallenged Queen of Crime. But a lesser Christie is still an engaging read and proof of her enduring brilliance. I started reading her in high school, and her books have been a constant source of comfort. To read her prolific output is to witness a writer at the peak of her powers and retreat to retirement.
Like the best cultural writers, Anne Helen Petersen is brilliant, critical, and an insightful opinionmaker. Add one more for Petersen: a feminist. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, she praises women who have been pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable feminine behavior. It is a must-read for feminists like me.
No one does off-beat fiction better than Japanese writers. Hiromi Kawakami does it better than most because her prose infuses the ordinariness of life with the right amount of magical realism. She makes the aggressiveness of the mundane interesting. Sometimes, these are the stories I need to read to keep me going in life.
Rachel Maddow is the smartest person in the news business — a fact, not an exaggeration. She explains complicated issues like no other because if she cannot explain them, no one can. I am a political junkie and a long-time admirer of her trademark humor and knack for connecting intricate dots. Blowout, a book about the corrupt and destructive relationship of Russia and Big Oil, is her boldest and most entertaining to date.
Remember those portable books of saints that are a staple of Catholic households? These books contain stories meant to inspire readers. The Little Book of Feminist Saints is similar except, instead of saints, it features feminist icons from different fields and eras. We all need inspiration from the trailblazers before us because we all stand on the shoulders of these incredible women.
Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, 'Sensei', in a bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet occasionally to share food and drink sake, and as the seasons pass - from spring cherry blossom to autumnal mushrooms - Tsukiko and Sensei come to develop a hesitant intimacy which tilts awkwardly and poignantly into love.Perfectly constructed, funny, and moving, Strange Weather in Tokyo is a tale of modern Japan and old- fashioned romance.
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This beautifully illustrated collection honoring one hundred exceptional “feminist saints” throughout history is sure to inspire women and men alike.
In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant, and surprising biographies with stunning full-color portraits of secular female “saints”: champions of strength and progress.
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Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Asian Literary Prize, Strange Weather in Tokyo is a story of loneliness and love that defies age.
Tsukiko, thirty-eight, works in an office and lives alone. One night, she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, "Sensei," in a local bar. Tsukiko had only ever called him "Sensei" ("Teacher"). He is thirty years her senior, retired, and presumably a widower. Their relationship develops from a perfunctory acknowledgment of each other as they eat and drink alone at the bar, to a hesitant intimacy which tilts awkwardly and poignantly into love.
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“A rollickingly well-written book, filled with fascinating, exciting, and alarming stories about the impact of the oil and gas industry on the world today.”—The New York Times Book Review
Blowout is a call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world’s most destructive industry and its enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, “Democracy either wins this one or disappears.”
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