I’ve had a half-finished copy of Anna Karenina on my nightstand for, ugh, about eight months. And while I’d love to be the kind of person who powers through a chapter of Russian literature before bed, I’m yearning for more of a page-turner. So I asked Bronte Coates, digital content coordinator for iconic Aussie bookstore Readings, what I should be reading… and buying for the other book-lovers in my life.
By Grace Jennings-Edquist
Hey Bronte. What should I buy for my funny, feminist best friend (and also myself, because I love that stuff?)
Dietland by Sarai Walker and You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman are two novels from young women that tackle feminist issues with a gleeful rage that’s wonderfully refreshing. These subversive gems are highly entertaining stories, as well as biting commentaries on the expectations placed on modern women.
If non-fiction is more your friend’s cup of tea, then she might enjoy reading about the life of one of the wonderful feminists writing today. Try Clementine Ford’s Fight Like A Girl, Lindy West’s Shrill, or Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist. You can find more of our favourite feminist memoirs and essay collections here.
Finally, I have a real soft spot for stories about female friendship and gifting your friend one such story can be a great way to pay tribute to your own relationship. You can find some of our best recommendations here.
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