What are the best feminist books?

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    #1Women Who Run With the Wolves

    Women Who Run With the Wolves
    In Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., shows how woman's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archaeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconscious. 
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    James Richardson
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I'm wouldn't call myself a feminist but this was a fascinating read. My girlfriend wants to get in touch with herself and I thought this would help us bond and I could share in her journey. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and now she wants to read it too!"
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    #2Feminism Is for Everybody

    Feminism Is for Everybody
    Feminism Is for Everybody by Bell Hooks is a short, accessible primer that explores the nature of feminism and its positive promise to eliminate sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. 
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    Timothy Medina
    Written on January 1, 2017
    "Decided to give this a try just to try and understand feminism a little better. Such a waste of money. This book is horrible. It is extremely dry and boring. I can't manage to read this for more than 10 minutes without falling asleep. The author is guilty of the same prejudices of which she accuses "the other side" . This type of trash is why feminists have a bad reputation in the first place. Unless you need some kindling for a fire, avoid this one."
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    #3Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

    Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
    In Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Audre Lorde writes fifteen essays and speeches that take on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. 
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    Olivia Santos
    Written on April 10, 2017
    "There is so much discussion of feminist issues today and I have always felt disconnected from a lot of the discussion. Reading Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches opened my mind to some new thought processes on a lot of these issues. I feel I know how I could help take action to make change. "
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    #4The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.
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    Xu Ding
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "This story is very inspirational and moving. The troubles faced by this young woman and the fact that she overcame them shows that all women can achieve anything they want."
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    #5We Should All Be Feminists

    We Should All Be Feminists
    We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a personal, eloquently-argued essay that addresses the question of what feminism means today with humor and levity.
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    Ashley Hansen
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "This book breaks down the stereo typing of the term feminist. It is more common sense, yet thought provoking while being funny, sassy and not hostile. Her Nigerian background and life experience may seem remote to most of us Americans, but as you read it, you see how similar things are happening here in the US as well and those events do affect us in our lives. You will be giggling some while you read this book, but at the same time your eyes will be opened. If you have a negative image of feminist, like I did, you should red this book. It's not about burning your bras. "
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    #6I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words. This memoir is a modern classic that will touch hearts and change minds.

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    Zachary Stanley
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I've been wanting to read this book for years, finally got it and read it. Overall a solid book. Plenty of similes and metaphors, actually way too many similes and metaphors. I wasn't astounded by this book there were only a few gripping parts in the novel, but I was impressed by Maya Angelou's eloquence. Angelou simply is put smooth. She could say something rude, vulgaric, inappropriate or pretentious, but she presents it in a disarming way. Her style is extremely eloquent. The book itself(telling of her life) isn't necessarily captivating it's her style that is. If you're looking for a riveting tale filled with adventure this isn't your book."
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    #7A Room of One's Own

    A Room of One's Own

    In A Room of One's Own, author Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister equal in talent, and genius, but her legacy is radically different. She never writes a word and dies by her own hand.

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    Ashley McDonald
    Written on June 8, 2017
    "I love the whole concept behind this book, and it definitely falls into the category I was looking for, as far as fiction goes. It is female-empowering, and very unique. I'm glad I found this! It's very entertaining and thought-provoking."
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    #8The Second Sex

    The Second Sex

    The Second Sex by French author Simone de Beauvoir is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of a woman, and a revolutionary exploration of inequality and otherness. The French book was originally published in 1949.

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    Michelle Howard
    Written on May 3, 2017
    "This is a good hit, although a limited return. With as many feminist books out there - fiction and nonfiction - I would have been happier with a list of books curated by someone . However, this individual title does satisfy my needs to find a feminist book to read, and I would be interested in learning more and possibly reading this title."
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    #9The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. Set in a totalitarian theocracy that has overthrown the United States government, the novel explores themes of women in such as individualism and independence.

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    Jason West
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "As a guy, I never would have picked this up on my own. My wife read it and asked me to read it too. All I can say is wow. I could not put this book down. There are so many things in this book that are actual parallels to things happening today. For a book that was first released in the 80's this is quite relevant today. Guys, forget your manly pride and give this a read. You'll be glad you did."
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    #10Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.

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    Hansika Jindal
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I know this is a classic book but I just could never get into it. I couldn't get into it when I was younger. Maybe now that I'm older I will give it a second chance."
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    #11Fear of Flying

    Fear of Flying
    Originally published in 1973, Fear of Flying is the ground-breaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free. This iconic novel still stands as a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.
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    Gregory Carlson
    Written on February 25, 2017
    "Any book from Erica Jong is going to make a list of best feminist books. Fear of Flying is probably one of her strongest titles as well. Anyone looking to feminist fiction would do well with this book."
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    #12Love My Rifle More than You

    Love My Rifle More than You

    Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army is a non-fiction book written by Kayla Williams and Michael E. Staub wherein she shares her experience as a female US Army in Iraq. 

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    Rebecca Stewart
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I was looking for a book to read on the side and I gave this book a shot. Its a good story about Kayla Williams and her time in the US Army. It goes into details about what females have to go through in the military such as sexual assault. Her story is quite riveting and I couldn't put this book down once I started it. "
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    #13Gulf Dreams

    Gulf Dreams

    Gulf Dreams, an autobiography and debut novel by Emma Perez, talks about a Chicana's thoughts and struggles on racism and sexism. The book was published in 1996 by 3rd Woman Press.

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    Patrick Stewart
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Gulf Dreams explores the issues of sexism and racism. It has received favorable reviews from critics and readers."
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    #14Broken Moon

    Broken Moon

    Broken Moon is a historical fiction and feminist novel for young adults written by Kim Antieau. It was originally published in 2007. It is about a sister's loving and courageous journey in the desert in search of her younger brother. 

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    Michael Richardson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I am always looking for new stuff pertaining to feminism and this book is the best. Broken Moon goes through a bunch of topics that are really good. It's a quick book and you will want to just continue reading it. I highly recommend it. "
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    #15Women Without Men

    Women Without Men

    Women Without Men is a classic Iranian feminist fiction novel written by Shahrnush Parsipur. This magical realism book is first published in 1978. 

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    #16The Women's Room

    The Women's Room

    The Women's Room is a classic feminist fiction book written by Marilyn French. This novel is about Mira Ward and a women's movement. It is first published in 1977 by Little Brown and Company. 

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    Patricia Greene
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Written in the 1970s, this could just as easily have been written today since we haven't really come that far in women's rights since then, like we might have thought we would at the time. A strong statement for any woman who questions her identity from time to time."
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    #17Juliet Takes a Breath

    Juliet Takes a Breath

    Gabby Rivera's Juliet Takes a Breath is a heartwarming novel about a girl named Juliet and her exploration of feminism and sexuality. The book was published on  January 27th 2016 by Riverdale Avenue Books.

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    Beverly Howard
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Ok read, a self-conscious at times, but still useful to understand prejudices while you read her story."
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    #18Women and Sexuality in China

    Women and Sexuality in China

    Women and Sexuality in China is a nonfiction book by Harriet Evans. It contains analyses of major Chinese governmental publications which deal with sexuality since 1950 and the Marriage Laws since. It was published in 1997 by Bloomsbury Academic.

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    Vishal Verma
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I would not read this, but could be helpful to some people"
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    #19Sexual Politics

    Sexual Politics

    Sexual Politics is a non-fiction feminist book written by Kate Millett. This political and philosophical book is first published in 1969 by University of Illinois Press. 

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    Austin Cunningham
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "A great introduction to feminism and sexual politics in today's world. Millett uses many examples that are quite relevant today, and presents them in an approachable way. I highly recommend this book for all that are interested in learning about sexual politics!"
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    #20Conquistadora

    Conquistadora

    Conquistadora is a young adult historical fiction novel written by Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago. It is about a Spanish girl who married a Puerto Rican plantation owner and the effect of the U.S. Civil War on their lives.

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    Gary Daniels
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This book had a good premise, but the story telling was sub-par. A lot of what came up in the book felt unresolved, and the character development was lacking."
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    #21The Sacred Night

    The Sacred Night

    The Sacred Night is a thrilling gender-bending novel for young adults written by Tahar Ben Jelloun and translated by Alan Sheridan. It was released in May 2000.It has elements from Arabic fairy tales and of historical Islam society.

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    Arthur Andrews
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I'm going to say that the novel The Sacred Night is a really good book for feminists. This entire book is an allegorical rebellion against gender roles. I think this is a great out of left field pick for a feminist book. I was also really entertained when I read it. "
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    #22She Had Some Horses

    She Had Some Horses
    She Had Some Horses is a collection of poetry written by Joy Harjo, first published in 1982. The poems included in the collection speaks of womanhood—the joys of motherhood, oppression, and survival.
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    Bruce Davidson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "She Had Some Horses by Joy Harjo is a wonderful collection of poetry. Some of my favorites are from this book."
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    #23Selling Sex Overseas: Chinese Women and the Realities of Prostitution and Global Sex Trafficking

    Selling Sex Overseas: Chinese Women and the Realities of Prostitution and Global Sex Trafficking
    Selling Sex Overseas: Chinese Women and the Realities of Prostitution and Global Sex Trafficking is a nonfiction book by James Farrer. It contains a discussion on modern dating and culture in modern day China. It was published in 2002.
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    Craig Weber
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Sometimes one can read a non-fiction book and wish that it was fiction. This is one of those books. The information provided on the sex trade, both within China, and women trafficked from China has opened my eyes to an issue that I never really understood. If nothing else, by reading this book you will understand who the human traffickers of Asian women are, and at least have a basic understanding of the economy which drives the trade. "
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    #24South Riding

    South Riding

    South Riding is a historical classic fiction written by Winifred Holtby with Shirley Williams for the Preface, and Marion Shaw for the Introduction. First published in 1936 by Virago Modern Classics, this book is republished in 2011.

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    Emma Torres
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I think this book sounds like a good feminist book. It promotes strong, smart and ambitious women. I think it could also touch on the struggles of women and what all they are often asked to give up."
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    #25Rage Against the Veil

    Rage Against the Veil

    Rage Against the Veil: The Courageous Life and Death of an Islamic Dissident is a non-fiction biography book written by Parvin Darabi. This feminist-themed book is published in 1999. 

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    Jeremy Beck
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Islamic world is an extremely interesting and powerful realm to explore for feminists. With such topics making the news quite often, a book about such struggles is sure to catch the attention of readers. Rage Against The Veil does exactly that, with a theme of empowerment that many feminists would be sure to enjoy."
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    #26The Latin Deli

    The Latin Deli

    The Latin Deli: Telling the Lives of Barrio Women is a book by Puerto Rican author Judith Ortiz Cofer originally published in May 1995. It is a colorful and lyrical narration of the lives of Puerto Rican women in America.

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    Eugene Freeman
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "A moving, emotional book that is eye opening and very readable. A beautiful tapestry of the lives and doings of very human people that inspires and engages. I didn't want it to end."
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    #27Second Class Citizen

    Second Class Citizen

    Second Class Citizen is a novel by Buchi Emecheta. Originally published in 1974, it portrays the lives of contemporary Nigerians by telling the story of a Nigerian woman who migrated to England with her children.
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    Susan Weaver
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book was a real eye opener for me. It was sad and sorrowful and somewhat uncomfortable for me to read. However I felt that I learned a lot from the book about how people can overcome obstacles that they face in their life. "
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    #28The Trouble with Islam Today

    The Trouble with Islam Today

    The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith is a non-fiction religious book written by Irshad Manji. This feminist memoir is first published in 2003. 

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    Marilyn Hayes
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Manji deserves to be praised for saying many things which needs to be said."
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    #29Everything Good Will Come

    Everything Good Will Come
    Everything Good Will Come is an autobiographical novel written by Sefi Atta. Set against the backdrop of political furor in the 1970s, it tells the story of a girl who struggles to gain freedom from strict traditions.
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    Pamela Scott
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Very well-written, but nothing really happens. I had to really push to finish reading this and was ultimately disappointed. I've already forgotten what the book was about."
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    #30Loose Change

    Loose Change
    Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties is a feminist non-fiction biography book written by Sara Davidson. This memoir is first published in 1977. 
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    Lucy Liu
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A book that is focused on growing up in the sixties through the eyes of sorority sisters who grew into three different women. No censoring and unabashed, this novel tells it like it was. A bit boring but if you are into that era, you might enjoy it."
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    #31The Caged Virgin

    The Caged Virgin
    The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam is a non-fiction biography book written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. This feminist book is published in 2002. 
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    Elaine Sun
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "For me, this book was disappointing and unsatisfying. I was hoping for an informed and intelligent treatment of the problem of the status of women in Islam, which would be evidence based and factual, but this is nothing like what I wanted. "
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    #32Belonging

    Belonging

    Belonging: A Culture of Place is a non-fiction book for young adults written by bell hooks, whose real name is Gloria Jean Watkins. It was released in 2008. It is about the connection between land ownership and race.

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    Marilyn Collins
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This isn't a feminist book. It's based on race and land ownership. I think it's an okay book for a feminist to read overall but not specific to that."
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    #33Allah, Liberty and Love

    Allah, Liberty and Love

    Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom is a non-fiction Islamic feminist book written by Irshad Manji. It is first published in 2011 by Atria Books. 

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    Emma Newman
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Allah, Liberty and Love is a rare treasure of a book, one of the best feminist books written from an Islamic perspective. It is surprising, inspiring, and informative. Wonderful character development and plot."
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    #34Whiplash

    Whiplash
    Whiplash is a South African is a feminist novel written by Tracey Farren that follows the significant turning points or miracles in the life of a Cape Town prostitute, Tess, in a form of a letter addressed to her mother.
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    Hemant Kadam
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Unusual type of writing (subject matter) and format but its very interesting. Great references to this area of the city. "
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    #35The Wichita Divide

    The Wichita Divide

    The Wichita Divide: The Murder of Dr. George Tiller and the Battle over Abortion is a nonfiction book by Stephen Singular which recounts the events of Dr. George Tiller's murder and its implications on abortion and society. It was published in 2011.

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    Jose Harris
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Almost unbelievably, this book is based on a true story. It details the murder of Dr. George Tiller. It then goes on to explain how this event affected abortion and society. This book will definitely leave you thinking about how one man's life can leave a large impact on society."
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    #36About Abortion

    About Abortion

    About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America is a nonfiction feminist book by Carol Sanger which speaks of abortion as well as the history of laws and stigma against it. It was published in 2017 by Belknap Press.

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    Donna Payne
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The book offers an intelligent insight about the difficulties each individual faces with this decision. The book is written as a law book, however it has many varied points to absorb. This is a comprehensive and well written book for anyone who is facing these issues."
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    #37Sisterhood Is Powerful

    Sisterhood Is Powerful

    Sisterhood Is Powerful is a nonfiction feminist book edited by Robin Morgan which contains a collection of writings from the Women's Liberation Movement on the topic of abortion and feminism. It was published in 1970 by Vintage. 

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    Xiang Qiao
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "What a bunch of schlock. This book is heavy on rhetoric, and gives an extremely biased view of the history of feminism. If you're a hard-core feminist looking for a pick-me-up, read this book. If you want an honest account of the feminism movement, look elsewhere."
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    #38Shoot Like a Girl

    Shoot Like a Girl

    Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front is a non-fiction book written by Mary Jennings Hegar wherein she talks about her journey through her military career. 

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    Dennis Torres
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book was a decent read, but not my style"
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    #39Maledicte

    Maledicte

    Maledicte is a book by Lane Robins that tells the story of Maledicte. He is a handsome ruler who can mesmerize anyone with his beauty, manners, and appeal. But behind his masculine figure is a woman named Miranda just waiting to take revenge.

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    Laura Coleman
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Skip it. This seems more science fiction/fantasy than feminist. "
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    #40So Far from God

    So Far from God

    Anna Castillo's So Far From God is a novel about a woman named Sophia, her four daughters and the life they face in New Mexico. The novel was published on June 17th, 2005 by W. W. Norton Company.

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    Jose Baker
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The feminist book is not So Far from God. Simply because it is fiction and the feminist movement itself is so powerfully intertwined with the real people, their struggles and their role in society that calling a fictional novel the best feminist book is a bit of a shame. Sure, for entertainment purposes some people might find it interesting but overall, feminism is about real individuals and at the very least, the book should be non-fiction. "
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    #41Bedelia

    Bedelia
    Bedelia is a mystery crime thriller fiction novel written by Vera Caspary. This mystery suspense feminist book is first published in 1945. 
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    Billy Perry
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is very pulp fiction, and is part of a series of more. These are femme fetale books and they'll do it for you if you're in to mystery and a bit of thrills. "
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    #42Resisting Citizenship

    Resisting Citizenship

    Resisting Citizenship: Feminist Essays on Politics, Community, and Democracy is a book filled of essays written by political scientist Martha Acklesberg. It was released in 2009 and is about democracy and activism.

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    Harold Day
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is more of a general political activism book, and not necessarily a feminist one. Sure it touches on the issue, but its not focused like one might like."
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    #43Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.

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    Bobby Anderson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I appreciate this novel for the simple fact that it has a strong female protagonist. It was quite ahead of its time. We are essentially Jane in this novel due to the usage of the first person point of view. We instantly gain a connection with her. Very riveting tales are told here."
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    #44Misfortune

    Misfortune

    Misfortune is a book by Wesley Stace that tells the story of a rich man who found a baby in misery and took it as his own. As time passed by, the beautiful daughter of Lord Geoffrey, but as she grows older, secrets will be told.

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    Laura Williamson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book was very interesting. It started off giving me the mushy side of the main character, Lord, getting an answer to his desire, a child. He found a baby girl on the streets and wanted to give her a good life, which he did. Shockingly, this baby girl was not really what he thought. This book was definitely a page turner. I would read it over again."
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    #45I Am Woman

    I Am Woman

    I Am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism is a nonfiction book about feminism written by Lee Maracle. This was originally published in 1988. This book highlights colonialism impacts on women.

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    Brandon Hill
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A very solid feminist book. It also touches on topics that liberal feminism seems to gloss over for a multitude of reasons. I'm glad it talks about colonialism, because there can't be liberation for just white western women. Either we're all liberated and have full agency, or none of us do. "
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    #46As I Descended

    As I Descended

    Robin Talley's As I Descended is a romance-thriller novel about couple Lily and Maria and their fight against their school's resident Golden Child. The book was published on September 6th, 2016 by HarperTeen.

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    Deng Shi
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "As I Descended should be classified as a teen book, more than a feminist book. It does involve a young, lesbian couple but I didn't really feel like it was promoting feminism rather than telling a good teen story."

Summary

Best What are the best feminist books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Women Who Run With the WolvesBooks 18 Paid
2Feminism Is for EverybodyBooks 14 Paid
3Sister Outsider: Essays and SpeechesBooks 13 Paid
4The Color PurpleBooks 11 Paid
5We Should All Be FeministsBooks 11 Paid
6I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Books 8 Paid
7A Room of One's OwnBooks 7 Paid
8The Second Sex Books 5 Paid
9The Handmaid's TaleBooks 3 Paid
10Jane EyreBooks 3 Paid
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