Having gained fame as a respected actress, most notably playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, Emma Watson has used her fame and voice to speak out for the cause that matters most to her. In the process, she has become an ambassador for the UN and a household name for ardent feminism. In an attempt to connect with fans that share her passion, Watson started her own book club on Goodreads at the beginning of the year. So far, the club has engaged with six novels chosen by Watson herself.
These six novels demonstrate not only Watson’s sophisticated reading life but also give insight into what stories have led to her current view of the world. For those readers who love Emma Watson and wish to further engage with feminism in an honest and open way, these six novels are must reads.
1. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem recounts her travels and how it shaped who she is and what she knows. In a moving tale of how travel greatly impacted her, Steinem illustrates how living with your eyes open can influence not only your beliefs, but your passion and hope for life. Steinem’s life and activism unveils what it means to be and think like a feminist.
2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Discover the critically acclaimed novel of hardship and empowerment. It the story of Celie whose childhood was plagued by abuse and disappointment and whose faith and strength allow her to rise above it. A prime example of the importance of the relationships between women.
3. All About Love by Bell Hooks
Bell Hooks explores what the meaning of love is in her own search for it and in her criticism of society’s inability to teach it. She provides a new definition and way to understand what love genuinely means and a way for society to move forward and find redemption in the most powerful of human emotions.
4. How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Get ready to laugh, love, and yearn to identify with the “fairer” sex. In this personal memoir, Moran re-examines feminism in an entirely necessary way with her witty words and modern day observations.
5. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Maggie Nelson’s memoir is filled with tales of romance and experiences of all the possibilities of love while recognizing what it is not. Nelson also speaks about what it’s like to love and live with a new kind of family unit that continues to be difficult to define for society.
6. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Satrapi illustrates her memoir in interesting comic strips. Satrapi came of age in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution and her life became entwined with the history of her country and what it means to be a woman of courage. Satrapi’s story also illustrates keen insights that we can all identify with, regardless of cultural differences.
We cannot understand modern day feminism or grasp why it continues to be necessary in our world without continuing to examine it. Emma Watson understands that the more we read and the more stories we hear, the better we will understand each other, as well as ourselves.
Are there any feminist books that you deem necessary for the modern feminist to read?
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