Thursday, February 25, 2016

We Shoudl All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I first became interested in this little book when I heard the story about every 16 year old in Sweden receiving a copy of it.  Naturally, if every 16 year old in Sweden has it, our teen department needs it!

This little book is a personal essay based on the TED Talk by the same name.  Adichie is a Nigerian author and Happy African Feminist Who Does Not Hate Men And Who Likes To Wear Lip Gloss.  She uses her essay to discuss what it means to be a feminist and why it is not a nasty word even though it is often treated as one.  She gives a glimpse into the world of a Nigerian woman, who may not be allowed to enter certain establishments alone and is taught that life is meaningless without a husband.  While the culture is different from our own, she ties it easily into our familiar territory and provides examples of American women she knows.

I know that around here we are usually reviewing exciting books with mystical foxes or talking lawn gnomes (Both very, very important things!) but if you are looking for something quick (48 pages) and thought provoking or if you want to be more Swedish, give this little book a shot. -RYQ

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