This week is National Library Week, so we at WYV are sharing some of our favorite books.
“My most recent read is Meaty by Samantha Irby. I’ve been following Samantha’s work for a while now. She describes her blog, Bitches Gotta Eat, as being about ‘tacos, dudes, diarrhea and jams.’ I’m here for that. I always end up reading it in awkward places where I shouldn’t be laughing, much less tearing up with laughter. Irby is a queer black woman with a chronic illness, so it never feels like rich, white whine. Much like her blog, Meaty is a series of absolutely hilarious essays that I can genuinely relate to. –Laurel
“I just read What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera. It’s a beautiful novel which takes place between the Sri Lankan Civil War and emigrating to America. It’s deeply human, heartbreaking, and layered. I highly recommend it! For a beautiful account of her work, read more here” –Ravneet
“It’s a mouthful, but Women As Winners: Transactional Analysis for Personal Growth by Dorothy Jongeward changed my life. It taught me a lot of techniques that I have integrated into my life and find myself using daily. — Monica
“I’m currently reading Fight Like A Girl by Laura Barcella. It’s about important figures within feminist activism. It’s a quick, easy read of 50 feminists that everyone should be familiar with.” –Beth
“Okay, so let’s be real, Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam is currently languishing on my nightstand waiting to be cracked open, but I am SO STOKED to get cracking on it. I’ve been staring at it in the bookstore for days now and finally treated myself and am just waiting for the weekend to immerse myself. The story centers on three queer Bangladeshi girls living (it up?) in Brooklyn who end up traveling back to their home country after some dark family secrets are spilled. Gotta love queer girls, intrigue and identity outside of the normative American narrative. I’ve read some of Islam’s nonfiction and articles and am really excited to see how she translates her voice to the fictional narrative.” –Ema
What’s next: Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein. Orenstein writes of the trials and tribulations that our post-princess girls must navigate in post-porn, modern rape-culture in middle school and through college. Orenstein examines what it means to be an adolescent girl in a world where there is “the perfect slut,” tons of young girls scorn virginity, and young women must navigate modern hook-up culture.