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review 2018-10-24 03:04
The Little Book of Feminist Saints
The Little Book of Feminist Saints - Manjitt Thapp,Julia Pierpont

This book is truly a treasure and an inspiration. The biographies are thoughtful, engaging and often surprising; the illustrations are simply stunning. I loved the form of a book of saints— I would especially like a leather-bound volume of this with a silk ribbon bookmark like my catholic school days—and even more, I loved having a grown-up picture book. There was a terrific balance between the well-known and lesser known women, with so many important, overlooked achievements. This is a book I read on my ipad in order to appreciate the illustrations, (and because I received a review copy from NetGalley -—Thank You!) but I wouldn't hesitate to buy a stack of these to give as gifts. Christmas is coming.

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review 2018-09-13 14:50
The Little Book of Feminist Saints - Manjitt Thapp,Julia Pierpont
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A nice book recognizing some amazing women throughout history. 

Each woman is declared a saint of a specific field (color, dreamers, the independent, programmers, etc.) as well as given a feast day. Women's birth years and places are given and a brief blurb, which tells about their lives, the impact they had, and some little known facts about them. 

Also, each woman has a beautiful portrait by Manjit Thapp. I loved the color and details used.

While this list is mostly white women, there are also many women of color as well as trans women and women who are differently abled. This list was compiled by having people nominate various women so there is a wide variety, but yes, the majority are still straight white women. 

The thing I really liked about this book was that there were so many women I had never heard of. There are plenty of women you would expect to see in a list of this sort (Gloria Steinem, Sandra Day O'Connor, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart), but it was also very interesting to learn about some women who are not as well known or taught about in school. 

At the end of the book is a page where you can add your own feminist saint, which was a very nice touch.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It had a unique set up and I really liked the illustrations and learning about women I have sadly never heard of. Thanks to this book, I now have a slightly better understanding of their lives and can go on to research them further. Great idea for a book.
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review 2018-09-12 04:14
The Geek Feminist Revolution
The Geek Feminist Revolution - Kameron Hurley

I really enjoyed this essay collection, especially the first section that aimed its focus on writers (and artists in general). It genuinely inspired me. The collection as a whole gives some great insight into many things but most especially focuses on feminist topics, privilege, the writing industry, geek culture, and Hurley herself. At times it was repetitive, as the essays can stand on their own and as a result they occasionally retreaded some basic groundwork. It's best read in chunks over time so the repetition feels less intrusive and the information can be digested. All in all I really liked this one, and I'm looking forward to more Kameron Hurley in my life.

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text 2018-07-16 17:01
The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley $2.99
The Geek Feminist Revolution - Kameron Hurley

A powerful collection of essays on feminism, geek culture, and a writer's journey, from one of the most important new voices in genre.

The Geek Feminist Revolution is a collection of essays by double Hugo Award-winning essayist and science fiction and fantasy novelist Kameron Hurley.

The book collects dozens of Hurley's essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including "We Have Always Fought," which won the 2014 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume.

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review 2018-03-07 01:39
The Little Book of Feminist Saints
The Little Book of Feminist Saints - Manjitt Thapp,Julia Pierpont

This is a fantastic book for anyone who wants to learn about some of history's fabulous women. The timing of this is perfect for Women's History Month. The only think "wrong" with this is there were so many great women to pick from. How do you narrow it down? 
There are some absences in this one. However, that is countered with women who the average person has heard of (Yayoi Kusama, Forugh Farrrokhzad, Maria Montessori, and The Mirabal Sisters anyone?). Then, of course, the NAMES (Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai ) that everyone has (*should*) have heard of.
I liked the portrait and the little details about each women. I think back at history and mourn what has been lost to time (deliberate actions and accidental), Sappho's poetry or Hypatia's writings.
This is an excellent starter for someone with an interest in learning something new that they otherwise would have never known. This is appropriate for kids and adults.

eARC courtesy of Random House and NetGalley.
Published on March 6, 2018

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