Book of the Day - Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, Hunger
Yesterday we posted a “Get to Know Katie” post on Facebook that involved me holding three books, all by Roxane Gay. So, for today’s Book of the Day, you actually get THREE Books of the Day! Let’s start out with Bad Feminist, shall we?
Bad Feminist was published in 2014 and easily became one of my favorite books. I like this book because it is relatable and honest about the complexities of labeling yourself as any one thing. In the introduction she writes that, “I embrace the label of bad feminist because I am human...I am just trying- trying to support what I believe in, trying to do some good in this world, trying to make some noise with my writing while also being myself: a woman who loves pink and likes to get freaky and sometimes dances her ass off to music she knows, she knows, is terrible for women…” She writes about a broad range of topics ranging from The Hunger Games to reproductive rights, from race in the media to The Bachelor, and even Paula Deen. Throughout the book, Gay’s essays are thoughtful, funny, serious, alarming, and agreeable.
Next up, Difficult Women. I was so excited when I saw Gay was publishing another book in early 2017. To me, this book was a challenge to read because it is at times very haunting and dark. Each chapter is a short story depicting the lives of various, fictional women and their past and present relationships with other humans. Be ready to take breaks in between each story as it is a lot to process and mull over.
Last but not least is Hunger, published in June 2017. Although I am not even 40 pages in, I can say that Gay’s writing continues to be honest, vivid, and vulnerable. She writes with a passionate and candid force.
Well, there you have it. Three books written by the same author. If anyone has read her first book, An Untamed State, let me know what you think- I’d love to borrow it from you.