If 2018 turns out to be anything like 2017 (here’s to hoping it’s a thousand times better), we’re going to need a lot of feminist reading material. Luckily, there seems to be no shortage of feminist books hitting bookstores next year. Here are twenty-four new titles I am most looking forward to reading.
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This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins
January 30 | Harper Perennial
In this essay collection, former Book Riot contributor Morgan Jerkins explores the question, “What does it mean to ‘be’–to live as, to exist as–a black woman today?” She writes about how black women have been marginalized–both by the white male-dominated world at large and the feminist movement. She writes about sexuality, disability, and body image at the intersection of race and gender.
BRAVE by Rose McGowan
January 30 | HarperOne
Rose McGowan is on the front lines of the fight to hold sexual predators in Hollywood accountable for their crimes. In this memoir, she recounts her childhood growing up in a cult, her early years in Hollywood where she was sexualized by producers, directors, and the press, and her rise as a feminist activist. She exposes the misogyny that is the cornerstone of the film industry and unapologetically speaks truth to power.
A False Report by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong
February 6 | Crown
On August 11, 2008, eighteen-year-old Marie reported that a masked man had broken into her Seattle apartment and raped her. The police quickly grew suspicious of Marie’s story and confronted her with the inconsistencies in her report. Marie broke down, confessing that she had lied to get attention. But what really happened on that summer night? This astonishing piece of journalism reveals the disturbing truth about how sexual assault is investigated and the long history of skepticism toward rape victims.24 Amazing New Feminist Books Coming in 2018Click To Tweet
Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer
February 6 | Dutton
Jealous catfights, bitter rivalries, and mean girl cliques. For so long, this was how female “friendship” was predominantly portrayed in the media. But now, true female friendship founded on solidarity and sisterhood is being celebrated like never before. This book includes interviews with dozens of historians, film and television creators, celebrities, authors, and ordinary women that celebrate the beauty and joy of female friendship.
Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
February 20 | St. Martin’s Press
Black women’s rage has long been caricatured as an ugly and destructive force that has no place in a civil society. But in this book, Brittney Cooper argues that eloquently expressed anger–like that of Beyoncé, Serena Williams, and Michelle Obama–can be a force for positive change and can give women the strength to keep fighting in the face of overwhelming odds.