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Feminist Book Club is the premier online hub for intersectional readers and anyone who wants to infuse their bookshelves with social justice. We encourage resistance through reading with our blog, podcast, events, and our signature monthly subscription box.

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Feminist Book Club is the premier online hub for intersectional readers and anyone who wants to infuse their bookshelves with social justice. We encourage resistance through reading with our blog, podcast, events, and our signature monthly subscription box.

    Feminist Books to Keep Us Company

    Feminist Books to Keep Us Company

    We believe good books help us feel a little less alone, whether that’s a book that reassures us that we’re not the only ones falling for logical fallacies or it’s a picturesque audiobook experience that complements the landscape around us. Join Renee for a review of The Age of Magical Overthinking by Amanda Montell then stick around to hear Jordy discuss the books she listened to, the bookstores she visited, and the books she purchased on her cross-country roadtrip.
     
    Renee’s Reading Corner: The Age of Magical Overthinking (1:48)
    Renee is a huge fan of Amanda Montell’s work and relates to it on a deep level. In this review of Montell’s latest book, The Age of Magical Overthinking, Renee shares what this book does really really well and where it falls short.
     
    Cross Country Bookish Endeavors (7:30)
    Jordy sits down to discuss her experience driving cross-country from San Francisco, California to Lyme, Connecticut. Along the way she shares about the bookstores she stopped at, the books she picked up, and the audiobooks that kept her company on the journey. 
     
    Books/Resources Mentioned:
    The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality by Amanda Montell
    That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly Lemming
    American Mermaid by Julia Langbein
    Siren Queen by Nghi Vo
    Witches: The Transformative Power of Women Working Together by Sam George-Allen
    Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend by Emma R. Alban
    The Secrets of Hartwood Hall by Katie Lumsden
    Something Wilder by Christina Lauren
    Red String Theory by Lauren Kung Jessen 
    Butcher & Blackbird by Brynn Weaver
    Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang
    The Mayor of Maxwell Street by Avery Cunningham
    Relit: 16 Latinx Remixes of Classic Stories edited by Sandra Proudman
    I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast is Me by Jamison Shea
    Book Passage (San Francisco, CA)
    City Light Books (San Francisco, CA)
    Sundance Books and Music (Reno, NV)
    King’s English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT)
    Reading in Public (West Des Moines, IO)
    Brain Lair Books (South Bend, IN)
    RJ Julia Booksellers (Madison, CT)




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    Today’s episode is sponsored by Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution by Cat Bohannan and Moral Code by Lois and Russ Melbourne. Thank you to our sponsors for supporting independent feminist media.
     
    Get our weekly round-up of blog and podcast content delivered directly to your inbox every Friday here.
     
    Check out our online community here! 
     
    This episode was edited and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.
     
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose

    Learn more about Feminist Book Club on our website, sign up for our emails, shop our Bookshop.org recommendations, and follow us on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Pinterest.

    • 40 min
    How to Read Outside Your Comfort Zone

    How to Read Outside Your Comfort Zone

    We’re big fans of getting uncomfortable with your reading life, whether that be reading about a topic that has been misunderstood for most of history or reading translated literature in a whole new format. In this episode, our contributors share two ways to get a little outside your comfort zone when it comes to reading.
     
    Reframing and Reclaiming: Using Horror to Come into Power (1:47)
    Mariquita talks with V. Castro about her latest book, Immortal Pleasures, which reframes the life of La Malinche, the Nahua woman who translated for Cortes. Their discussion covers the role of horror in holding a mirror to the atrocities carried out against indigenous people and people of color, reclaiming the stories of women that heretofore had only been told by their abusers, and how telling our own stories can give us power.
    CW include rape, sexual content, and sexual violence
     
    Manga Mania (18:17)
    Jordy, Rah, and Mhairie sit down to discuss their varying degrees of love and experience when it comes to all things manga and anime. In this discussion, they delve into a brief history of manga - including an overview of the genres, how they each got into manga, and a bookish discussion on the first volume of the Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama.
     
     
    Books/Resources Mentioned:
    Immortal Pleasures by V. Castro
    The Haunting of Alejandra by V. Castro
    Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama
    Creepy Cat by Cotton Valent
    Ghostly Things by Ushio Shirotori
    My Cat is Such a Weirdo by Tamako Tamagoyama 
    Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
    Demon Slayer by Koyoharu Gotouge.
    InuYasha by Rumiko Takahashi
    Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
    Fruit Baskets by Natsuki Takaya
    Happy Marriage by Maki Enjōji
    How Manga Took Over American Bookshelves - from It’s Lit! on PBS
    A Brief History of Manga by Merri Kiwi
     
    Support this episode’s guest and hosts:
    Follow V. Castro: Instagram // TikTok // Website // Twitter
    Follow Mariquita: Instagram // Threads
    Follow Jordy: Instagram // TikTok 
    Follow Rah: Instagram // TikTok // The StoryGraph
    Follow Mhairie: Instagram
     
    Today’s episode is sponsored by Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution by Cat Bohannan and Moral Code by Lois and Russ Melbourne. Thank you to our sponsors for supporting independent feminist media.
     
    Get our weekly round-up of blog and podcast content delivered directly to your inbox every Friday here.
     
    Check out our online community here! 
     
    This episode was edited and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.
     
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose
     
    Learn more about Feminist Book Club on our website, sign up for our emails, shop our Bookshop.org recommendations, and follow us on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Pinterest.
     

    • 49 min
    Giddy Up, It's Time to Learn

    Giddy Up, It's Time to Learn

    If there’s one thing Feminist Book Club does well, it’s demonstrating how beautifully complex and multifaceted feminists are. In this episode, you’ll hear Ashley and Tayler’s thoughts on the juggernaut that is Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter (is it a country album?) and then you’ll learn a thing or two about how the government collects demographic data with our resident civil servant and data geek Natalia. 
     
    Giddy Up for Cowboy Carter (1:47)
    Ashley and Tayler kick us off with a discussion about Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter Act II. The conversation includes their favorite songs on the album, the online chatter around Beyoncé’s version of Jolene, and whether celebrities are or should be activists. Come for the pop culture, stay for the critiques.
     
    Data Collection is Feminist (24:17)
    Natalia talks about recent updates to how the government collects demographic data, what information is NOT collected and why any of this matters to you.
    Also mentioned: Are Middle Eastern People Really "White"? by Yasi Agah for Feminist Book Club



    Support this episode’s hosts:
    Follow Ashley: Instagram // Website
    Follow Tayler: Instagram // TikTok // Threads
    Follow Natalia: Instagram




    Today’s episode is sponsored by Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution by Cat Bohannan and Moral Code by Lois and Russ Melbourne. Thank you to our sponsors for supporting independent feminist media.
     
    Get our weekly round-up of blog and podcast content delivered directly to your inbox every Friday here.
     
    Check out our online community here! 
     
    This episode was edited and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.
     
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose
     
    Learn more about Feminist Book Club on our website, sign up for our emails, shop our Bookshop.org recommendations, and follow us on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Pinterest.

    • 37 min
    Feminist Institutions in Transition

    Feminist Institutions in Transition

    We're not saying Feminist Book Club is as culturally important to the Western world as The Golden Girls, but we're also not not saying that. In this episode, you’ll hear FBC founder Renee chat with Executive DIrector Sally about some of the struggles selecting our books of the month. Then you’ll hear Ashley review a little known Golden Girls spinoff called The Golden Palace.
     
    Trials and Tribulations of Selecting FBC Books of the Month (1:47)
    If you’re just a podcast listener, you may not realize Feminist Book Club is a real book club! We have a subscription service where you can join us and receive our non-fiction and fiction picks every month in the mail or via audiobooks. That may seem straightforward, but it recently dawned on Renee just how complicated the process is while she was training Sally to be our new Executive Director.
     
    The Golden Palace is a Golden Sitcom (23:37)
    Then Ashley talks about The Golden Palace, the spinoff to the sitcom The Golden Girls, and why the show cements itself as a comedic gold mine. Check out Ashley’s blog article about Designing Women here.



    Support this episode’s hosts:
    Follow Renee: Instagram // The StoryGraph
    Follow Sally: Instagram // The StoryGraph
    Follow Ashley: Instagram // Twitter // Website
     
    Today’s episode is sponsored by Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution by Cat Bohannan and Moral Code by Lois and Russ Melbourne. Thank you to our sponsors for supporting independent feminist media.
     
    Get our weekly round-up of blog and podcast content delivered directly to your inbox every Friday here.
     
    Check out our online community here! 
     
    This episode was edited and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.
     
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose

    Learn more about Feminist Book Club on our website, sign up for our emails, shop our Bookshop.org recommendations, and follow us on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Pinterest.

    • 29 min
    We Want to Feel a Part of Something Bigger

    We Want to Feel a Part of Something Bigger

    Today’s episode is all about feeling a part of something, whether that’s a family lineage or a community of gamers. We all want to feel like we belong to something more, and our contributors today take that feeling in two totally different (but somehow complementary?) directions.
     
    Intuition and Lineage with Chanel Cleeton (0:17)
    Ashley speaks with Chanel Cleeton, author of The House on Biscayne Bay. This conversation includes how Chanel wrote the main characters to grow with intuition, the unique world-building in this story, and the influence of her own family’s history on the book.
     
    Women in TTRPGs (11:44)
    Then listen in as Nox shares her experiences participating in tabletop role-playing games (aka TTRPGs) and how the new book The No-Girlfriend Rule by Christen Randall felt so familiar to her own experiences in this community.
     
     
    Books mentioned in this episode:
    The House on Biscayne Bay by Chanel Cleeton
    The No-Girlfriend Rule by Christen Randall
     
    Also mentioned:
    Girls Run These Worlds
    Hoards of Tales



    Support this episode’s guest and hosts:
    Follow Chanel Cleeton: Instagram 
    Follow Ashley: Instagram // Twitter // Website
    Follow Nox: Instagram // Twitter // TikTok




    Today’s episode is sponsored by Broadleaf Books. Pre-order your copy of We Refuse to Be Silent: Women’s Voices on Justice for Black Men, edited by Angela P. Dodson today!
     
    Get our weekly round-up of blog and podcast content delivered directly to your inbox every Friday here.
     
    Check out our online community here! 
     
    This episode was edited and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.
     
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose
     
    Learn more about Feminist Book Club on our website, sign up for our emails, shop our Bookshop.org recommendations, and follow us on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Pinterest.

    • 21 min
    A Couple of Books that Disappointed and Delighted Us

    A Couple of Books that Disappointed and Delighted Us

    Not every book is a slam dunk, but we’re going to discuss them anyways. However, when a book is good, it’s really good. In this two-part episode, you’ll hear Jordy, Mariquita, and Nox discuss a book that wasn’t quite their cup of tea as well as a glowing review from Renee of a recent release. 
     
    Do Your Worst by Rosie Danan mini book club discussion (01:56)
    First up, Jordy, Mariquita, and Nox sit down to discuss the romance (with a sprinkling of fantasy) book, Do Your Worst by Rosie Danan. This conversation dives into the believability of the romance between the two main characters, can our protagonist really smell a curse, and what’s with curse-breaking sex? 



    Review: Say Hello to My Little Friend by Jennine Capó Crucet (19:38)
    Then listen in as Renee shares her thoughts on a recently released book that’s not getting nearly the attention it deserves. Say Hello to My Little Friend is (hilariously and accurately) described as Moby Dick meets Scarface. Renee shares why she loved it, how it’s feminist, and a hyper-specific niche it fits into.
     
     
    Books mentioned in this episode:
    Do Your Worst by Rosie Danan
    The Roommate by Rosie Danan
    Raiders of the Lost Heart by Jo Segura 
    Say Hello to My Little Friend by Jennine Capó Crucet
    Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
    Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt




    Support this episode’s hosts:
    Follow Mariquita: Instagram 
    Follow Nox: Instagram // Twitter // TikTok
    Follow Jordy: Instagram // TikTok 
    Follow Renee: Instagram // The StoryGraph




    Today’s episode is sponsored by Broadleaf Books. Order your copy of Radiant Rebellion: Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy, and Raise a Little Hell by Karen Walrond today!
    Today’s episode is also sponsored by Blessed Water by Margot Douaihy. Get your copy today!
     
    Get our weekly round-up of blog and podcast content delivered directly to your inbox every Friday here.
     
    Check out our online community here! 
     
    This episode was edited and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.
     
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose
     
    Learn more about Feminist Book Club on our website, sign up for our emails, shop our Bookshop.org recommendations, and follow us on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Pinterest.
     

    • 28 min

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