A new little series featuring quicky reviews of what I’ve been reading lately. Books of all sizes considered.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Five words: Smart. Practical. Succinct. Elegant. Empowering.
Plus a few more: This (literally) tiny volume—an essay adapted from Adichie’s TEDx talk of the same name—is adorable, but that’s not the reason to read it. Nigerian-born writer Adichie tackles 21st century issues of feminism and equality in an essay that reminds us of how far we’ve come and how far we’ve got to go. Potentially depressing but ultimately uplifting, Adichie’s focus on reassessing the way we raise our children was especially poignant for me.
Here’s a tiny taste: “Gender matters everywhere in the world. And I would like today to ask that we should begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently.” “What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender? What if we focus on interest instead of gender?”
For bookshelf or borrowing?: This is the kind of book that belongs on a bookshelf. Or maybe on a bathroom shelf. You know, smart reading for lingering guests. You could read this in one sitting at the bookstore, but you’re going to want to want to return to it and even in a small space, it won’t crowd you out.
Your turn: Have you read it? What did you think? Read another amazing book lately? Spill.