Strong Stories from Strong Voices In honor of International Women's Day, we're sharing some of our favorite new books of, by, and about women—and for all readers!
In November 2018, the greatest number of women in American history entered Congress. Inspiring, controversial, talented, and rebellious. Now, award-winning New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer gives you a behind-the-scenes look at this diverse group of trailblazers' first year in the 116th Congress in her new book, The Firsts. In committee rooms, offices, and conversations on the run through the halls of the Capitol, she probed the question: Would Washington, with its hidebound traditions, change the changemakers, or would this Congress, which looked a little more like today’s America, truly be the start of something new?
The Firsts is for every woman, every voter, everyone who still has the dream!
Deeply personal and stunningly moving, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s #ownvoices novel, The Mountains Sing, has become one of this year’s most anticipated books, with Book Riot, the New York Times, Washington Post, Amazon, and many more picking it as a must-read.
Set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War, this multigenerational story is vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam. The Mountains Singbrings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.
"For a girl who worked in rice fields, sold things on streets or at markets outside school hours, The Mountains Sing is a dream come true," Quế Mai wrote.
Coming in less than two weeks, The Mountains Sing will be available March 17 wherever books and e-books are sold. Start reading now.
These three books illuminate the indomitable strength of women and girls—both fictional and real—in the face of daunting challenges.
A People's History of Heaven:Longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Mathangi Subramanian's novel tells a story of a graffiti artist, a transgender Christian, a blind dancer, and the queer daughter of a hijabi union leader who come together to wage war on the bulldozers that would bury their homes in a slum called Heaven in Bangalore, India.
"This is a book to give your little sister, your mother, your best friend, yourself, so together you can celebrate the strength of women and girls, the tenacity it takes to survive in a world that would rather have you disappear.” —Nylon
Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights: In this memoir, you'll meet Dovey Johnson Roundtree—the groundbreaking civil rights attorney, soldier, and minister—the unforgettable trailblazer we should all know more about, a woman who “proved . . . a single individual can turn the tides of history,” as Michelle Obama said.
“Part moving memoir, part inspiration to resist, Mighty Justice is a must-read.” —Ms. magazine
Ordinary Girls: Jaquira Díaz writes a fierce and eloquent memoir of her challenging girlhood and triumphant coming of age in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach. She maps a way out of despair toward love and hope to become her version of the girl she always wanted to be.
“I kept thinking about how this book might be the first time a queer Latina, a queer Afro-Latina, sees herself in a book, and how that would have been important to me growing up,” Jaquira said of her debut, one of last year's hottest books.
Our Hear Our Voices collection of paperback books shares unforgettable stories from and about underrepresented voices. From beloved and bestselling authors like Julia Alvarez, Tayari Jones, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and undeniable debut talents like Jaquira Díaz, Lisa Ko, and Mesha Maren, these stunning books will make you think, feel, and talk talk talk in your book club discussions!
And, of course, we have more fabulous books by and about women coming soon, including National Medal of Arts winner Julia Alvarez's first novel for adults in almost 15 years,Afterlife, andthe wonderful and wonderfully talented Jill McCorkle's new one, Hieroglyphics.
Read more about these two books, along with a stunning debut memoir about family and climate and home, Miracle Country by Kendra Atleework. Plus a delightful new book from bestselling author Heather Lende about her experiences running for and winning a seat on the Haines, Alaska, town council, Of Bears and Ballots. And the knockout YA novel everyone is talking about—Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry.
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