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  • Crime fiction,  Non-fiction

    Dear Michelle, We Got Him. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara and the Golden State Killer

    2018 saw the publication of Michelle McNamara‘s posthumous work I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: A Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer(*). The US screenwriter and true crime expert were working on a new take on what she called the Golden State Killer when she suddenly passed away at the age of 46 in her sleep in April 2016. Michelle’s passion project remained in the safe hands of her her husband, comedian Patton Oswald who trusted editors Paul Heynes and Billy Jensen with her extensive body of work. The book was published in February 2018. The 25th April 2018 the Sacramento Police announced the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo,…

  • Non-fiction

    Four Non-Fiction Backlist Books for Women’s Month

    March is Women’s Month and thought at Bodies in the Library we celebrate women writers all year long, this time I have decided to write about non-fiction backlists for various reasons. The first is that as I’m growing older I find myself yearning for more non-fiction written by women and about women. The books I have selected here are all have something in common: They will make you feel better. Reading them actually feels like sitting down with a good friend to talk about your problems. The second reason to choose these books is that they are all backlist books so you will be able to find them at your…

  • Author Interviews,  Features,  Non-fiction

    You Do You by Sarah Knight: Non-Self-Help Books that Change Your Life

    I first crossed paths with Sarah Knight when she was still working in New York City as part of the team behind Jessica Knoll’s debut novel Luckiest Girl Alive. Shortly after that, Knight went freelance and since then she has become the author of a series of non-self-help books that have changed my life (for real). Knight’s first book The Life-Changing Magic of Not-Giving a Fuck (2016) is a love letter to selfishness prioritizing your own well-being over social conventions and responsibilities. As a young woman earning responsibilities  – some of them willingly, some others not so much, I found the book really helpful and funny. Knight knows her audience…

  • Non-fiction

    Doing It: Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton

    I discovered online sexual educator and Youtuber Hannah Witton this year while discovering the huge amount of bookish and sexual content available on Youtube and decided to create a list of subscriptions to check every day. Her channel – with more than 300,000 subscribers – focuses on sex and relationships, and although I would be weary of anyone talking about such issues from a feminist perspective – I have had some terrible experiences watching other vlogger’s videos – Hannah does a good job by speaking openly, candidly and open-mindedly about sex. When I learnt that she had a book coming out this Spring called Doing It: Let’s Talk About Sex…

  • Non-fiction

    Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

    Last year I read Sarah Knight’s non-fiction debut The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck, and I loved every page of it. Knight book is a parody of self-help books, but it was also very useful as women sometimes give too many f*cks about others, and not enough about our free time and self-care. So, as soon as I knew Knight had another book coming out in December 2016 called Get Your Sh*t Together I knew I had to read it, and went on harassing the pertinent editor until she sent me the book. Thanks to Quercus Books for the review copy! Get Your Sh*t Together‘s subtitle is self-explanatory:…

  • Non-fiction

    Nasty Women: A Collection of Essays + Accounts on What It is to be a Woman in the 21st Century

    Nasty Women: A Collection of Essays + Accounts on What It is to be a Woman in the 21st Century by indie publisher 404Ink took the Internet by storm some months ago. The book contains essays by women writers on their lived experience as women in the 21st century. The project caught the attention of feminist all over Twitter, and it was even backed up by Margaret Atwood herself: ‘An essential window into many of the hazard-strewn worlds younger women are living in right now.’ – Margaret Atwood (Twitter)  I first encountered Nasty Women through their Kickstarter campaign in which 404Ink aimed to get the book published, paid the 20 authors…

  • Non-fiction

    Spinster. Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

    This semester I joined a feminist book club that takes place in my favourite city and is led by a fellow feminist PhD candidate at my same programme. The club is organised nation-wide, with different physical meetings all over Spain by the feminist organisation La Tribu (‘The Tribe’). Our first reading was Spinster. Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick, a non-fiction book, part memoir, about what it means to be single nowadays. The book has been translated into Spanish but I decided to go with the original for two reasons. One is that I read faster in English and I also enjoy the text more, the second…

  • Non-fiction

    My Life on The Road by Gloria Steinem

    As a feminist, I know there are certain books and certain authors that I should read in order to be as informed as I can about the previous struggles and the many successes of feminist. The reason to impose such a view on myself comes mainly from my love for books, rather than an external obligation. Imagine the internal conversations I had with myself when I realised that I had never read by Gloria Steinem, one of the key figures in feminism and activism in the 20th century. Imagine my reaction when my beloved Margaret Atwood – who I think can do no wrong – recommended Steinem’s autobiography My Life…

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight
    Non-fiction

    The Life-Changing Magic of Not-Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

    I think I learned about Sarah Knight‘s The Life-Chaning Magic of Not Giving a Fuck almost at the same time as I learned about Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Obviously, Knight’s is a parody of Kondo’s, and obviously I decided to completely forget about tidying up (major loss of time most of the times) and read about that magic of not giving a f*ck, at which someone had already told me I was quite a champion. But, before I continue, because I do give a f*ck about the lovely, amazing people who send me review copies even though I live in Spain, I would like to thank…

  • Medical Humanities,  Non-fiction

    The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

    I borrowed The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf from the school library last June, because I realised that it is one of those landmarks in feminist theory that I still had to read. During my degree, I had one of my now PhD supervisors talk about “The Third Shift” for women, and the idea stayed with me for a long time. Basically, Wolf establishes three working shifts for women: their job, domestic duties, and beauty routines/rituals. The three are compulsory for women in Western, affluent cultures, and they contribute to the sense of guilt and feeling dissatisfied with their (our!) lives. We never work enough, we never have a house…