An essay collection chock-full of big names and big personalities, Nasty Women tells the stories and trials of women in this post-election world.
On Friday, October 13th I attended the Chicago book launch for Nasty Women and the nasty women who read and spoke on the panel were nothing short of inspiring. There's something about being surrounded by people who so clearly care about other people that has a profound affect on my motivation to do great things in the world.
The book, which I tore into on my Uber ride home that night, maintained the momentum from that night. Though each essay addresses the world post-Trump, each has something different to offer. There were so many good pieces out of the 23 in the book, so I'm just going to address a few standout authors. Sarah Hollenbeck, co-owner of Women and Children First, a local feminist bookstore in her piece "As Long As It's Healthy" addresses disabilities under Trump's regime. She read this piece at the book launch and there were MANY tears in the room. She is a lovely writer and the essay is incredibly moving and will give you a bit of perspective, which, let's be honest, a lot of people need right now.
"Advice to Grace in Ghana" by Jill Filipovic was fascinating and a bit hard to read, as was "Nasty Native Women" by Mary Kathryn Nagle. Both gave some shocking statistics about often-forgotten communities that are hit hard by Western politics. "Country Crock" by Samanatha Irby offered a spot of humor on the situation, and Cheryl Strayed offered a short but emotional response from November 10, 2016.
Overall, this essay collection is worth a read if you're looking to participate, learn, or even just commiserate on our tragic political state.
PUBLICATION DETAILS: 256 pp., Picador, October 3, 2017. 978-1250155504. Non-Fiction -> Essay Collection-> Activism