Maggie’s Must-reads

Five fantastic books

Maggie Ebel, Editor-In-Chief

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  1. Bad Feminist: Essays” — Roxane Gay

An honest and reflective collection of essays, describing what it means to be a feminist, and the infinite ways that a singular identity can manifest itself in a unique human being. From quick shorts about Scrabble Obsessions and the “Sweet Valley High” book series to in-depth explorations of the lingering presence of violence against women and the LGBTQIA+ community, and how “The Help” further instills the ever-present trope of the “Magical Negro” Gay leaves nothing out. Educational and fact-filled, while also entertaining and thought-provoking, “Bad Feminist Essays” has become my favorite book and my definition of a must-read.

  1. Festival of Insignificance” — Milan Kundera

A super short and instantly captivating read. Kundera is known for making sense out of nonsense, in that you don’t quite know what you’re reading, sentence by sentence. However, as you continue turning the pages and taking in the oddities, a story unfolds before your eyes. With six protagonists and seven parts, many claim that it lacks a clear motive or plot. That, however, is what he calls a celebration of the mundane or a “Festival of Insignificance.”

  1. “Loner” — Teddy Wayne

Another short read, detailing the life of a self-proclaimed loner, David Fetterman, and his first year at Harvard University. As he explores relationships for the first time, he becomes fixated on a girl, going to lengths greater than imaginable, for a few moments of attention. Detailing the concepts of toxic masculinity, unhealthy relationships, and the dangers of college campuses, Wayne has you rooting for the protagonist one moment, and questioning his every move the next. Named Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and Bookpage, “Loner” is almost guaranteed to satisfy.

  1. “Lean In” — Sheryl Sandberg

A book exploring the gender biases that exist within the workplace. While not the lightest read, it is certainly eye-opening, as it details the widespread ways in which sexism spreads in specific environments. Minor things such as body language pause in dialogue and even the way one sits may contribute to a disparity in power.

  1. “Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing” — Melissa Bank

The lightest and most warming book of them all, “The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing” has become my guiltiest pleasure. Detailing a girls growing up, a sweet story unfolds as she navigates relationships and the workplace while trying her hardest to avoid being labeled “crazy.” From a timid teen to a full-fledged feminist, watching the protagonist blossom is one of the most inspirational fictions I’ve ever read.

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