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  • 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…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes:

    Today I am very happy to be bringing one of my favourite American crime fiction writers to you on the She Writes Series: Tess Gerritsen. She is the author of the Rizzoli & Isles series, which many of you may know from the TV adaptation that sadly came to an end last year. I have developed quite some research about Gerritsen’s works, and she has been pivotal in my PhD, always being kind, nice and having time to answer my questions. Before becoming world-wide famous thanks to the Rizzoli & Isles series, Gerritsen was a doctor with a passion for reading romances. She started writing short fiction – for which…

  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: Sarah Hilary

    Continuing with Bristish crime writers, for today’s post I have had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Hilary. Sarah is the author of the Marnie Rome series, a favourite of mine, but she is also a good friend as we have met a few times over the past three years. It is always a pleasure to talk to her about women and crime fiction. Born in Chesire, Sarah Hilary has always been a fan of books. During her lifetime, she has pursued a first Class Honours Degree in the History of Ideas, as well as worked as a bookseller, and for the Royal Navy. Her writing career took off in 2008…

  • Crime fiction,  Domestic Noir

    Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

    When I first read that Paula Hawkins had a new novel coming out this year I freaked out. As you recall I loved The Girl on the Train, and I was immediately smitten with Hawkins on her first interview here as soon as she expressed her views on women and crime fiction. You can revisit the interview here. So, when I saw pictures of her new novel Into The Water to be published on the 2nd of May, I knew I had to get my hands on one. I also knew I would love it (spoiler alert: I was right!). Thanks to Paula and to Alison Barrow’s team for sending…

  • 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…

  • Best Books

    Books And Reviews Best Books of 2014

    The wonderful, challenging and surprising 2014 is coming to an end today, so following Books & Reviews’ tradition, here are the best books I’ve read this year. Can you guess which was my favourite? 10. East of Eden by John Steinbeck 9. Linda, as in The Linda Murder by Leif G.W Persson 8. Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary 7. The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan 6. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

  • Essays,  Random

    Banned Books and Women

    Banned Books weeks is happening right now and as I was browsing all your posts and Tweets, I realized that there is a close connection between banned books, feminism and women, and after Emma Watson’s speech (‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’) I realized it was high time I wrote about it. Because I cannot even imagine what it is to be banned from reading books, or getting an education or reading stories about women who transgressed social rules, defying what was expected of them and being banned by society. So, to start, let’s look at what banned books are. It certainly sounds like something from the past,…

  • General Fiction

    Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Classics (by women writers)

    Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! I had not planned to participate on today’s Top Ten Tuesday, mainly because I forgot to check the theme. But seeing all your wonderful posts about classic literature, I thought I could do a very special post: all classic – in the most traditional way of the word – works written by women, both British and American.…

  • Feminist Sundays

    Feminist Sundays: Feminist Blogs

    Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged. One of the most important issues in feminism is the need to celebrate and empower women artists and, in my case, women writers. Browsing the recently released books at a bookshop, we may notice that many of them are written by women and, actually, many women enter the best-selling charts. So, this…

  • Feminist Sundays,  General Fiction

    Feminist Sundays: Christine de Pizan

    Long ago I had this idea of writing a weekly post on Sundays about feminism, sexism, women’s representation or relevant women. These posts would come under the name “Feminist Sundays” and they would have a free format: from long, philosophical posts to simply facts about women and their works. And today I have decided to make this little dream come true. A post a week is not so difficult to schedule and it will help me lots to organise all the information – and my own ideas – that I get every week during my lessons. This will be a place for discussion and tolerance and feminism will be discussed,…