The bad news is that it’s for a reading challenge that I was especially excited about.
I had committed to reading 8 books, at least 3 of which were non-fiction; instead, I read 5 (but included 3 non-fiction!):
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
- Woman Made of Sand by Joann Kobin
- Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
- Don’t Sing at the Table by Adriana Trigiani
That’s OK, even though we’ve turned the page on the calendar, I can still read books that relate to women’s studies … loosely defined by Eva as:
For nonfiction, this would include books on feminism, history books focused on women, biographies of women, memoirs (or travelogues) by women, essays by women and cultural books focused on women (body image, motherhood, etc.). … It’s trickier to say what is applicable as fiction. Obviously, any classic fiction written by a feminist is applicable. But where do we go from there? To speak generally, if the book takes a thoughtful look at the place of women in society, it will probably count. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to explain in your review why you chose this for the challenge and its connection to women’s studies.
I appreciate Eva’s encompassing definition of women’s studies, and hope to include more of these books in my reading for 2011. If you’re interested in broadening your reading with both fiction and non-fiction involving women’s studies, check out the numerous reading lists and reviews at the Women Unbound page.