On October 12, I had the pleasure of finally meeting my favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty. It was a signing for her second published work, From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death hosted by distinguished D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose. The same humor and charisma that makes Doughty’s “Ask a Mortician” YouTube series so successful lends itself well to writing and book promotion, delighting her audience and readers. When I first covered Doughty in an interview and book review in 2014, I called her a death geek to highlight her relevance to our site. Now it’s increasingly clear that no stretch of the imagination is needed to show that the good death movement and feminist movement are intertwined. Continue reading From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty: Review and Signing Experience
If you are a feminist and haven’t been reading Adichie, it’s time to head to the library. Between her writings, TED Talks, and being featured in a Beyoncé song, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is steadily becoming a household name in the international feminist scene. After reading her novel Americanah for book club, I decided to check out some of her works that deal more directly with her ideas on feminism. Today I will review her most recent publication: the epistolary essay Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, originally written as a letter to her friend with advice on how to raise a feminist daughter. Continue reading Book Review: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Yesterday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day as well as the “Day without a Woman” protest arranged by the organizers of the Women’s March. March as a whole is also Women’s History Month. In honor of these events, I thought I would share with you lovely readers some of my favorite female activist authors. Some were authors first, some activists first, but all deserve to be celebrated. Continue reading Daily Geekette’s Favorite Activist Authors
We at The Daily Geekette were saddened to learn that the Arts lost another great contributor this year: Natalie Babbitt. Known best for her 1975 novel Tuck Everlasting, Ms. Babbit was an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children’s books. Continue reading In Memoriam: Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting Author (1932-2016)
British author, Louise Rennison, who published twelve books with Harper Collins, has passed away. Very few details about the author’s death have been made public. Harper Collins Executive Publisher for the Children’s Division released a statement earlier today, in which she shared, “Publishing Louise was a joy. She was beautiful to know and saw the funny in everything.”
Happy fifth night of Chanukah all! Tonight I’m going to talk about Jodi Picoult, an American author known for her deep, heart-wrenching novels like My Sister’s Keeper as well as writing for DC Comics’ Wonder Woman. Continue reading Night 5 of Chanukah: Favorite Jewish Authors Edition
So you want to throw a themed Halloween party this year, but you want something a little more sophisticated than Cops and Robbers or less cliché than Angels and Devils? Why not turn to literature for some inspiration? Here are some book-themed party ideas that you are welcome to borrow: Continue reading Literature-Themed Halloween Party Ideas
Beloved and award-winning British writer Tanith Lee, whose literary talent graced numerous genres from science fiction to fantasy and horror, passed-away on Sunday, May 24th. Lee was 67 years old.
Just hours before arriving at my school, prominent feminist author Roxane Gay shared the tweet “No matter what, I still worry before a reading, ‘What if no one comes?’” In truth, she had nothing to worry about. By the time she arrived, the auditorium was packed.
What would you do if a loved one with whom you’re accustomed to communicating on a regular basis suddenly seemed to drop-off the face of the Earth, with your last correspondence before she or he disappeared being only a banal, dismissive text message?
For Colleen Mitchell, it means leaving her comfortable life in Massachusetts to travel halfway across the country to the small, frozen, oil-mining town of Lawton, North Dakota in search of her son, and, in the process, teaming-up with Shay Capparelli, a tenacious single mother from California who’s, unfortunately, in the very same situation.
Welcome to The Missing Place, by Sophie Littlefield.