A MODERN WOMAN'S READING LIST
There are so many more of these
- •Maggie NelsonI cannot put into words how magnificent this woman's books are. Maggie would do a much better job of it. They defy genre and societal conventions. They are so personal and yet the best course in feminism, art criticism, experimental narrative non-fiction. I'm so lucky @anniethack introduced me because they've changed everything. Ladies, start with BLUETS.
- •Elena FerranteHer Neapolitan Series is one of the most hyped in the publishing world and for good reason. The woman (whoever she is) writes with staggering clarity and deep emotional resonance about womanhood. Personally, I preferred her stand-alone DAYS OF ABANDONMENT, one of the most beautiful tales of grief and depression with an underlying dialogue with Anna Karenina.
- •Claudia RankinePoetry is difficult to recommend, but Rankine's work is impossible to deny. I didn't breathe for the entirety of CITIZEN. In this exploration of race, she considers the type of injustice perpetuated by an illusion of lawfulness and the place of the artist in that world. I learned and expanded the focus feminism. I was grateful.
- •Marguerite DurasLet a much older woman teach you about sensuality, vanity and uncompromising self-confidence and abundant vulnerability. THE LOVER is swift and brutal and mysterious and deeply erotic.
- •Renata AdlerIt is difficult to read Renata Adler. Her writing style is unconventional, at times stilted, grandiloquent, but unendingly incisive and wry. You read for moments of perfect clarity. My copy of SPEEDBOAT is probably the most dog-eared, scribbled in of the entire shelf. **This is also when I say that Joan Didion won't be on this list. For me, she and Adler occupy a similar space and obviously I made a choice.**
- •Roxane GayDuh
- •Nancy MitfordAs a woman, feminist I am constantly trying to reinforce my own sense of time. It's easy to forget we've only been voting for a hundred years, published for two hundred, but still witty and observant for as long as any man (I promise that's it for the motivational speeches). I've always felt that Nancy Mitford was a friend. I love LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE.
- •Merritt TierceMost of the women on this list have been publishing (or, let's be honest, dead) for many years, but Tierce's debut novel LOVE ME BACK is perfectly visceral and harsh when presenting the realities of being a woman. It was angry and I loved it.