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Connect with KJ on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or her website. KJ's book recommendations: Loverboy by Sarina Bowen The Other Bennett Sister by Janice Hadlow Shop all our authors' books and book recommendations on our Bookshop.org page! -- Our February book of the month is THE BODY IS NOT AN APOLOGY by Sonya Renee Taylor. We donate 5% of all our s…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry (listen to our podcast episode with Quan here!) How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang Fairest: A Memoir by Meredith Talusan (listen to our podcast episode with Meredith …
 
“There are so many ways in our day that we can turn mundane things into beautiful things. Love is art, too. How do you turn relationships and connections into these beautiful, creative processes?” - Tiffanie DeBartolo Tiffanie DeBartolo's most recent novel is Sorrow. Her previous novels include God Shaped Hole (2002), How To Kill a Rock Star (2005)…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action by Jane Fonda Sorrow by Tiffanie DeBartolo Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer …
 
“Each individual lives a full life. Each individual has their stores of joys and their treasure troves of beauty to offer to the world. This is my team of superheroes in 2020. They are the reason I’m not afraid of looking at tomorrow. Because no matter what happens tomorrow, I still get to share this city and this world with these individuals.” - K…
 
“As a woman, there are things you see on a daily basis that you get numb to them. But what if you could put those ragey feelings somewhere? And this book is where I put it.” - Halley Sutton Halley Sutton is a writer and editor who lives in Los Angeles. She is a Pitch Wars mentor and holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University …
 
“We are presented an awful lot of the time that there’s one experience of the world that counts and all the others are lesser and trivial. When you fight against that it is, even obliquely, a feminist move.” - Tana French Tana French is the author of eight books, including In the Woods, The Likeness, and The Witch Elm. Her novels have sold over thr…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: The Searcher by Tana French Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria The Beauty in Br…
 
“What I’m always trying to do is make sure Indigenous people show up in narratives of the future.” - Rebecca Roanhorse Rebecca Roanhorse is the New York Times bestselling author of Trail of Lightning, Storm of Locusts, Star Wars: Resistance Reborn, and Race to the Sun. She has won the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards for her fiction, and was the reci…
 
“An American experience isn’t just a white experience. But so much media shows that only white people have a basic American experience while people of color have struggled, and that’s not all it is.” - Francina Simone Francina Simone believes in one thing: authenticity. She writes YA stories full of humor and hard life lessons with sprinkles of tru…
 
“When I encounter women who are antifeminist, it’s always disorienting to me. I don’t understand how you can be a successful, happy woman right now unless you are a feminist.” - Kara Lee Corthron Kara Lee Corthron is an author, playwright, and TV-writer based in Los Angeles. Her latest book is DAUGHTERS OF JUBILATION. She’s also the author of THE T…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: Smash It! by Francina Simone Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots by Morgan Jerkins (podcast episode here) Running by Natalia Sylvester (podcast episode here) The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davi…
 
"A lot of times, we define feminism as equality, but if we’re measuring that against power structures that only got to power through oppression, then it’s not good enough." - Natalia Sylvester Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester is an award-winning writer of novels, essays, and poetry, including two novels for adults, CHASING THE SUN and EVERYONE…
 
"What did my people have to do to survive in order for me to exist in the first place? That is what’s great about genealogy." - Morgan Jerkins Morgan Jerkins is the author of the New York Times bestseller, This Will Be My Undoing and her newest book Wandering In Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots. A visiting profess…
 
"We need to be mindful about this concept of books teaching you something, especially books from different cultures. You can never summarize a whole country, culture, or reality from just one point of view." - Bianca Herzog Bianca Liu Herzog is the creator of @mybookworldtour, the Instagram account dedicated to her journey in reading one womxn auth…
 
"That was the starting place for me - how had we gone from a place of quiet support for refugees to a place of deep anti-refugee sentiment?" - Jessica Goudeau Jessica Goudeau has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, among many other places, and is a former columnist for Catapult. She produced…
 
"Anxieties about the world are driving people to horror fiction because they can feel the fear that they would’ve been feeling anyways but they know that these things at least can’t become real." - Alexis Henderson Alexis Henderson is a speculative fiction writer with a penchant for dark fantasy, witchcraft, and cosmic horror. She grew up in one of…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo Luster by Raven Leilani The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reic…
 
"It’s important to me as a woman to make room for other women to be human, to express their wants in any form it takes." - Raven Leilani Raven Leilani's work has been published in Granta, The Yale Review, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and The Cut. She received her MFA from NYU, and was an Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence. Her debut novel, Lust…
 
"Domestic violence is the entrée into the world in which men’s violence controls women’s movement and bodies and lives." - Rachel Louise Snyder Rachel Louise Snyder is an American journalist, writer, and professor. She is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow and regular contributor to The New Yorker covering domestic violence, and her work has appeared in The …
 
"In a big way, Lobizona is a treatise on labels. It’s about having access two languages but still lacking the language to define yourself. It’s about coming from two worlds but belonging to neither." - Romina Garber Romina Garber is a New York Times and international bestselling author whose books include Lobizona & the ZODIAC series. Born in Bueno…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border by Rosayr…
 
"A lot of times women’s stories are automatically tagged as chick lit. But if you read the same kind of story about a man, it would be heralded as literature. There’s not really men’s fiction or dude lit." - Laura Hankin Laura Hankin has written for McSweeney’s and HuffPost, among other publications. The viral videos that she creates and stars in w…
 
"My identity is constantly evolving and shifting in part because the way that gender is structured in our society is fundamentally flawed. All of us to an extent are trying to navigate through that flawed system." - Meredith Talusan Meredith Talusan is an award-winning author and journalist who is the founding executive editor of them., Condé Nast'…
 
"I spent much of my time in the lingerie department quietly grieving. I was so raw. And when my customers were raw with me, this was humanity in its most beautiful and intimate form." - Natalee Woods Natalee Woods is the author of the recent release Full Support: Lessons Learned in the Dressing Room (Chicago Review Press). She currently lives in Se…
 
"My books are all romance novels, they’re about falling in love, but I want that to be a story about two equals coming together rather than a woman being saved by a relationship." - Jasmine Guillory Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date, The Proposal, The Wedding Party, Royal Holiday, and Party of Two. Her wo…
 
"My goal for this world was to bring together the western medieval-style fantasies I loved growing up with bits of my own cultural influences. Growing up, I didn’t think that characters that looked like me could have the happy ending." - Lori M. Lee Lori M. Lee was born in the mountains of Laos, but grew up in the far less tropical climate of Wisco…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West (FBC interview here) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (FBC interview here) The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory (…
 
"Anything worth studying and aligning yourself with is going to be complicated and, hopefully, evolving all the time as culture and language evolve." - Amanda Montell Amanda Montell is a writer, linguist, and author of the critically acclaimed book Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language, published by HarperCollins in 2019 an…
 
"At the heart of any story about Black liberation is a story about Black joy, is about being able to move freely without fear of violence or prejudice." - Leah Johnson Leah Johnson is a writer, editor and eternal Midwesterner, currently moonlighting as a New Yorker. She is a graduate of the fiction writing MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College and …
 
"Equality is not exclusive to a group. Neither is it one particular group's responsibility to carry the torch for everyone else." - Catherine Adel West Catherine Adel West is an editor living and working in Chicago. She graduated with both her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Her work is publis…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb Braised Pork by An Yu Full Support: Lessons Learned in the Dressing Room by Natalee Woods (podcast interview forthcoming) This Spell Can't L…
 
"There were a lot of people in the Civil Rights movement who did things that were so important to move the country forward who were not in the South." - Lisa Braxton Lisa Braxton is an Emmy-nominated former television journalist, a former newspaper reporter, an essayist, short story writer and author of THE TALKING DRUM. She received honorable ment…
 
"Hope is not this delicate wishy-washy thing. Hope is ferocious. Hope can eclipse the darkest things that we experience." - Rocky Callen Rocky Callen, the daughter of an Ecuadorian immigrant, has long lived a life of service ever since she was a 13-year-old when she started to advocate for social rights at congress. She continued her advocacy work …
 
"Just because a state has an abortion restriction law that isn’t as strict as another state doesn’t mean that it’s not as damaging." - Nicole Maggi Nicole Maggi began writing poems about unicorns and rainbows at a very early age. She detoured into acting, earned a BFA from Emerson College, and moved to NYC where she performed in a lot of off-off-Br…
 
"The novel will be imbued with a new sense of thought after people watch the show and then they'll come to the book with a new perspective." - Abbe Wright Abbe Wright is the host of The Adaptables and the Read It Forward podcasts, and is Senior Editor of Read it Forward, an online book vertical that helps readers discover exciting new books and cla…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: BookRiot reading log - template here Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno (FBC interview here) Educated by Tara Westover The House of Deep Water by Jeni McFarland (FBC interview here) Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow Wha…
 
"There tends to be a feeling of who belongs in small towns and if you're an outlier in any way, the town will try to get you to conform." - Jeni McFarland Jeni McFarland holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston, where she was a fiction editor at Gulf Coast Magazine. She's an alum of Tin House, a 2016 Kimbilio Fellow, and has had short…
 
"For women, we spend a lot of time observing how other women are being received and we pay a lot of attention to how we are being received, in a way that men just don’t have to think about." - Andrea Bartz Andrea Bartz is a Brooklyn-based journalist and author of the forthcoming thriller THE HERD. Her debut, THE LOST NIGHT, is being developed for T…
 
"There are all these studies that show women lose their confidence at age 13 or 14. All this weird shit is happening and it changes your worldview." - Candace Bushnell Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling author of ten books, including Is There Still Sex in the City, Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Car…
 
"For too long our stories haven't been written and these women, who have accomplished so many things that we'll never know, were relegated to the shadows." - Samira Ahmed Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Internment and Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know. She was born in Bombay, India and grew up in the …
 
"I'm so in awe of women who go out everyday in quite a volatile climate since 9/11 and are still showing up and not surrendering or relinquishing their hijab." - Sahar Mustafah Sahar Mustafah is a daughter of Palestinian immigrants, a complex inheritance she explores in her work. Her prize-winning short story collection Code of the West (2017) is f…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: BookRiot reading log - template here We Were Feminists Once: From RiotGrrrls to CoverGirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler (FBC interview here) Village of Scoundrels by Margi Preus (FBC interview here) Patsy by …
 
"There is hope. It's important not to lose hope. As long as you're alive, there is something you can do." - Margi Preus Margi Preus is New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai, the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and several other books for young readers, including the Enchantment Lake Mystery Se…
 
"This is about Indians for Indians and it’s not try to teach about a culture or pander to anything. There are no lessons for white people in this book." - Erika T. Wurth Erika T. Wurth’s publications include two novels, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and You Who Enter Here, two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. A …
 
"Is it going to harm feminism as a whole if you continue consuming R. Kelly albums? No, but it’s also an opportunity to interrogate how women consumers don’t have many options and so we see ourselves through the pop culture products that are overwhelming created by white men." - Andi Zeisler Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media. Her writing…
 
"Even though this book is a comedy, there’s still social commentary in there." - Quan Barry Quan Barry is a poet and novelist. She’s the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Loose Strife, as well as the novel She Weeps Each Time You’re Born. Barry teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she directs the Institute for Creative …
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj (FBC interview here) A Pure Heart by Rajia Hassib (FBC interview here) We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel…
 
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