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    • 4.8 • 72 Ratings

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.

    Never Have I Ever (Belonged)

    Never Have I Ever (Belonged)

    Niba and Adhya sit down to talk about Indian Americans in the media. Our guest, Adhya, a 16 year old, first-generation Indian American from the west coast is a lover of poetry, stories and her culture. Listen in as the two have a deep conversation about how they feel Indian culture is represented and where things could improve.
     
    Books Mentioned:
    The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali
    A Time To Dance by Padma Venkatraman 
     
    Other Resources mentioned: 
    Karma by Raja Kumari
    Ms Marvel (2014) 
     
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    This episode was edited by Phalin Oliver and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose
     
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    • 32 min
    Clean Air Review + February Unboxing

    Clean Air Review + February Unboxing

    Mariquita discusses Clean Air, the new post apocalyptic eco-thriller by Sarah Blake in which the climate catastrophe wasn’t one of rising sea waters or drought, but of a toxic overgrowth of pollen. Oh, and there’s a serial killer on the loose. Then Renee shares everything in our February Women in Sports Box.
    Books Mentioned:
    Clean Air by Sarah Blake
    Naamah by Sarah Blake
     
    Also mentioned:
    Get your February box here!
    Interview with Quan Barry



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    This episode was edited by Lucy Pabst and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose
     
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    • 13 min
    Hyper Specific Genres We Love

    Hyper Specific Genres We Love

    Renee and Natalia are back with a conversation about some of the books they love that fall into super niche genres. For example, Natalia has an entire bookshelf dedicated to books about bananas and Renee will never say no to a thriller with an unlikeable 20-something woman protagonist who works in a startup. Tune in to hear all the weird things they’re both into.  
    Books Mentioned: 
    Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
    How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang
    Diamond Head by Cecily Wong (interview here)
    Siren Queen by Nghi Vo
    Black Sun & Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse (interview here)
    The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang 
    Lobizona & Cazadora by Romina Garber (interview here)
    Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
    She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
    Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
    Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoka Matsuda
    Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
    Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
    Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
    We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper
    She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
    My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams
    Self-Care by Leigh Stein
    The Assistants by Camille Perri
    The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
    Smile and Look Pretty by Amanda Pellegrino
    A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin (interview here)
    Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life by Sutton Foster
    The Power of Knitting by Loretta Napoleoni (review here)
    Bananas, Beaches and Bases by Cynthia Enloe
    Skin: A Natural History by Nina G. Jablonski
    The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask



    Also mentioned:
    Nina’s love letter to Silvia Moreno-Garcia
    Emma and Renee discuss The Poppy War
    Natalia and Renee’s best books of 2021
    Layne Fargo’s podcast Unlikeable Female Characters



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    This episode was edited by Phalin Oliver and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose
     
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    • 33 min
    Books that fit ‘That Girl’ Aesthetic + The Appeal: A Review

    Books that fit ‘That Girl’ Aesthetic + The Appeal: A Review

    Niba gets into books that fit the ‘that girl’ aesthetic. According to Refinery 29, “‘that girl’ isn’t just healthy, she’s professionally successful and looks her best at every moment. She wakes up every morning at 5.30am so she can seize the day and her nails are always uniform, manicured and eternally chip-free.”
    Being “that girl” means to become someone that looks beautiful and healthy and finds it easy going through her daily life. Oftentimes, “that girl” online is a fake and filtered view at someone’s life, watered down to look minimalistic and aesthetic. Other times, “that girl” is someone who has their shit together and is confident in who they are. Either way, “that girl” is someone many aspire to become. Unfortunately, this aspiration can lead to many feeling bad about themselves rather than actually wanting to improve their life. This is no fault of those people, but rather the comparison that people make when looking at themselves and their screens. With the continued rise of social media, the comparisons people are making between themselves and their screens are increasing to a worrying degree.
    In the second segment  Mariquita auditions for a role with the Fairway Players to uncover just who did what and why in The Appeal, an epistolary mystery by Janice Hallett. The Appeal has all the classic elements of a good mystery: duplicity, intrigue, and a dog named Woof. Plus, it’s very diverting!
     
    Books Mentioned: 
    How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat
    Bombshell by Rowan Maness
    The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, & Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
    BLOOM: A Journey to Self-Love by Brittany Travesté
    Beyond Beautiful: A Practical Guide to Being Happy, Confident, and You in a Looks-Obsessed World by Anuschka Rees 
     
    The Appeal by Janice Hallett



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    Beyond the Box: Our weekly round-up of blog and podcast content delivered directly to your inbox every Friday
    This episode was edited by Phalin Oliver and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose
     
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    • 20 min
    The Best Books of 2021 (In Our Opinion)

    The Best Books of 2021 (In Our Opinion)

    Renee and Natalia get together to record their first episode together so it’s fitting that it’s the last one of the year.  Each gives their top five books of the year along with their reasoning and, honestly? You’re probably going to end up adding *something* to your TBR at the end of the episode. Thanks for joining us in 2021, and we can’t wait to see you next year.
     
    Books Mentioned: 
    Renee’s Top Five
    Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley Do Better by Rachel Ricketts (interview here) Also mentioned: Mindfulness Won’t Cure Racism by Tayler Simon The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris Renee’s Honorable Mentions
    You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper  
    Natalia’s Top Five
    Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins (interview here) Disasterology: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis by Samantha Montano (interview here) Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin Fifty Words for Rain by Ashe Lemmie Natalia’s Honorable Mentions
    The Actual Star by Monica Byrne The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne  The Power of Knitting: Stitching Together our Lives in a Fractured World by Loretta Napoleoni (Book Review)


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    This episode was edited by Phalin Oliver and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.
    Original music by @iam.onyxrose

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    • 40 min
    In Celebration of Latinx Short Stories

    In Celebration of Latinx Short Stories

    Mariquita loves big, old Russian novels, but who has the time? And, frankly, haven’t we all already read those? (I still love them!) The answer is obviously incredibly rich, beautifully surreal short stories written by Latinx women. Stories that feature strong, flawed, fully-realized characters. Mariquita talks about three collections that she’s really enjoyed, and urges you to check them out, too.
     
    Books/Resources Mentioned: 
    Her Body and Other Stories by Carmen Maria Machado, In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Eat the Mouth that Feeds You by Carribean Fragoza
     
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    Beyond the Box: Our weekly round-up of blog and podcast content delivered directly to your inbox every Friday
    This episode was edited by Phalin Oliver 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, Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, Pinterest.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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