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05 April 2017

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Should I add this to my TBR?
I should note that high on my TBR is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists.

Jessica,
I have not read the Adichie book so I don't know how that is.
How do you feel about Jessa Crispin in general? If you don't like her going in I don't think you're going to like this book, really. But I'm DYING to hear what you think, because I know how you and I differ broadly--yes, pun intended, I'm punchy this morning--on our books.

Hi Jessica,

Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists is excellent. Very short (52 4"x6" pages!) and to the point, she has basically written down the TED-like talk she gave at a yearly conference on Africa. It describes the patriarchal system under which she grew up in Nigeria and how it affected her and others - women and men - she knew. And she accomplishes it with grace and humor.

The follow-up, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, is equally good, equally short (ok, it's 62 pages, but still), and equally worthy of being moved to the top of your TBR.

Each took me about half an hour from start to finish, so there's not a big investment of time but some of what she says - and the way she says it - has stayed with me for a long time.

Thanks Lynne--Now I've got to go read those Adichie books. I'm a sucker for a good short book.

I just finished reading Adichie's novel "Americanah," and now I can't wait to see "We Should All Be Feminists."

Thanks, Lynne. I plan to read the two short Adichie books and the Crispin book. I'm curious to see where my needle will rest on the feminism meter afterward.

The actual talk is available online at Youtube if you prefer to watch rather than read, and a transcript is available with the recording here https://vialogue.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/ted-we-should-all-be-feminists-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-at-tedxeuston-transcript/ if your local library doesn't have the book.

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