Steinem Sisters Collection Recommends Feminist Fiction

Posted on February 9, 2021

by Rebecca S

Last year was rough. We all know this to be true. But for many of us, books provided solace and security – an escape when the events of the world seemed too much to take. Books also offered us a way to understand that which is painful and to grow in our understanding of justice and equality. At our last Steinem Sisters Collection Talking Circle of 2020, we celebrated the books that lifted us up and helped us get through. We hope you will find one, or two, from this list of feminist book recommendations that will do the same for you.

The Steinem Sisters Collection is a feminist collection that explores the lives and achievements of women. As such all the works on this list, although some not explicitly feminist, deal with feminist ideas such as power, race, and gender.

Rebecca Recommends

Cover of The Mercies

The Mercies
By Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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Part folktale, part sinister thriller, this work of historical fiction is a witch hunt tale for our times.

Gina Recommends

Cover of  The Book of Longings

The Book of Longings
By Sue Monk Kidd

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Sue Monk Kidd delivers yet another winner in this fictional account of a teenage girl who meets and marries Jesus.

Nancy Recommends

Cover of The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars
By JoJo Moyes

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Here is a best-selling work of historical fiction about the packhorse librarians of Kentucky. Read it now, before the movie adaptation!

Mickey Recommends

Cover of The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half
By Brit Bennett

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A novel set in the 1950’s, this work tells the story of twin girls and the divergent paths they take in life. It also has a place on Barack Obama’s 2020 Book list.

Elaine Recommends

Cover of The Only Woman in the Room

The Only Woman in the Room
By Marie Benedict

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A work of historical fiction about the life of Hedy Lamar.

Susan Recommends

Cover of Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice
By Ann Leckie

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The only Sci-Fi novel on the list, this book has an especially interesting take on gender where the pronoun “she” is the default.

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