March 2, 2021

Top Reads for Women’s History Month


Celebrate Women’s History Month with some of our favorite titles about women, by women.


A Woman Like Her: The Story Behind the Honor Killing of a Social Media Star
by Sanam Maher

A New York Times Notable Book of 2020

The murder of a Pakistani social media star exposes a culture divided between accelerating modernity and imposed traditional values.

“An exemplary work of investigative journalism … delves into the story of a woman as misunderstood in death as in life.” —The New York Times



Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power
by Sady Doyle

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

“Smart, funny, and fearless.” —The Boston Globe

“Cutting and composed … a study of the ways women throughout history have been depicted as monsters in order to cement their roles in a patriarchal society … [A] superinformed, non-nonsense, and sometimes even funny take on female monstrosity.” —Booklist


Witches: The Transformative Power of Women Working Together
by Sam George-Allen

A celebration of the revolutionary potential of women working with other women.

“Engaging… An uplifting celebration of women’s power through communion.” —Kirkus


A Mind Spread Out On the Ground
by Alicia Elliott

A bold and profound meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America from an award-winning Haudenosaunee writer.

“Elliott’s intelligence and inquisitive reflection are humbling; her book should be required reading.”  —Booklist



Why I’m Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto
by Jessa Crispin

“The point of Why I Am Not a Feminist isn’t really that Crispin is not a feminist; it’s that she has no interest in being a part of a club that has opened its doors and lost sight of its politics … Crispin’s argument is bracing, and a rare counterbalance; where feminism is concerned, broad acceptability is almost always framed as an unquestioned good.” —The New Yorker



The Journal I Did Not Keep

by Lore Segal

The definitive collection from one of America’s finest writers.

“For almost six decades Segal has quietly produced some of the best fiction and essays in American literature, as this generous sampler attests.” —The New York Times



Amelia Stymacks is the former director of digital marketing at Melville House.