“Neon Soul,” Alexandra Elle

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Young women are finally having their day. With Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur holding firmly to its bestseller position—both in hardcover and paperback—there’s been a renewed interest in poetry, particularly in young adults. As a bookseller and poetry buff, seeing young women coming into the store every day and heading for the poetry section has been gratifying and heartwarming, if I’m honest.

Many ask me for recommendations after finishing Milk and Honey. I have a few standbys (which will be discussed here at some point). Neon Soul, a new release from Alexandra Elle, just shot to the top of my recommendation list.

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A Brief Word

A few days after posting my review of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest release, an interview in which she expressed transphobic/trans-exclusionary views came to my attention. While this isn’t entirely surprising-it’s sadly not an uncommon view-the fact remains that it is extremely disappointing, and a reminder that we still have a long way to go.

Any iteration of feminism that delegitimizes the perspective of any woman will in no way be condoned here. If your feminism is not intersectional, I suggest you rethink it.

I admire Adichie’s writing, and her nonfiction works do serve their purposes. In my previous post, I mentioned that she explained her heteronormative hypothetical scenarios by saying that she only wrote that way because it’s the only scenario to which she can personally attest.

I sincerely hope that in the future she able to give the same respect to the trans experience.

“Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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I have struggled for the past few days to decide what to post about on International Women’s Day. It seems as apropos a day as any to be writing for my feminist book blog, and I have a backlog of books to discuss, but I couldn’t make up my mind.

Luckily, when I arrived at work yesterday morning—an opening shift at a bookstore on New Release Tuesday—the answer was waiting for me on the bestseller table. Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It ticked a lot of boxes. A book with “feminist” in the title, by a known feminist author, and one short enough to read in a day. I’m choosing to call it an International Women’s Day Eve miracle.

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