20 Books by Women Writers About Race, Politics, Gender, Feminism, and Self-Awareness | Shopping Guide

Knowledge about the female universe was based, over the years, on a male perspective of a patriarchal society, which idealized or naturalized the image of women, according to experts.

This scenario has changed and numerous writers have been gaining notoriety in publishing houses and in academia itself. “Although we still have room to evolve, we already see books that deal with real women. In non-fiction, we have stories of women entrepreneurs, who are references in their segment”, analyzes Thereza Castro, editorial supervisor of Skeelo, an e-book application .

“With fiction, the protagonists are strong and have difficulties, but they seek independence and freedom, in all segments of life, in their relationship with the body, in relationships, in the job market, and also in motherhood, a theme that is in high”, he adds.

The g1 lists below 20 works that are featured on the bestseller lists, were written by women and address topics such as racism, history, politics, self-knowledge and female protagonism.

“Feminism is a word that has been distorted in its meaning and I think it is essential for any woman to understand more about the subject. I’m sure that many will discover themselves as feminists, even if they don’t want to”, points out Fernanda Saboya, director general of Melhoramentos.

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‘This is how it ends’ – Colleen Hoover

One of The New York Times’ bestsellers addresses sensitive topics such as domestic violence and psychological abuse. American author Colleen Hoover revealed to her readers that the work is one of the most personal accounts of her career.

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‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’ – Taylor Jenkins Reid

American writer Taylor Jenkins Reid does not leave the bestseller list. The book fits into the “chick lit” genre, publications written by women and aimed at women.

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‘Beautiful world, where are you’ – Sally Rooney

Elected by the newspaper “The Guardian” as the literary phenomenon of the decade, Irish novelist Sally Ronney is one of the voices of contemporary literature. “Beautiful world, where are you” tells the story of 4 young people dealing with the uncertainties of personal life, love and friendship.

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‘A great friend’ – Elena Ferrante

The book “A amiga genial” is the first of four novels in the Neapolitan series by Italian writer Elena Ferrante, a pseudonym created for a person few know the name and face.

The story takes place in Italy, in the post-war period, and narrates the relationship of two childhood friends until they were 16 years old. In it, subjects such as love, friendship and self-knowledge are constantly intertwined.

The novel has since been adapted into a series of the same name.

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‘A Pediatrician’ – Andréa Del Fuego

In the novel “A Pediatra”, the Brazilian writer Andréa Del Fuego tells the story of a doctor who doesn’t like children or mothers. Her approach is simply technical, that is, there is no passion for the craft or for the humanized relationships created in that environment.

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‘Brazil: a biography’ – Lilia M.Schwarcz and Heloisa M. Starling

The Brazilian historians Lilia M. Schwarcz and Heloisa M. Starling gather documents and reports to build a biography about the history of Brazil. Daily life, political life, the main cultural expressions, manifestations and economic cycles are among the topics covered.

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‘Politics is for everyone’ – Gabriela Prioli

In her first book, the Brazilian lawyer and writer explains how politics works and how it is possible to question it with rational and proper arguments.

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‘I Can’t Take It No Longer: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation’ – Anne Helen Petersen

In her book, American author Anne Helen Petersen makes a historical analysis of the main events that led millennials to become the burnout generation. Burnout syndrome became, in January 2022, an occupational disease, according to the new classification of the World Health Organization (WHO).

In addition to history, the journalist’s work has her own report on the subject and what were the signs that led doctors to her diagnosis.

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‘Maybe you should talk to someone: a therapist, her therapist and the lives of all of us’ – Lori Gottlieb

The American therapist and writer Lori Gottlieb presents, over 448 pages, her experience in therapy and highlights the story of 4 patients who became unforgettable throughout their trajectory as a psychotherapist.

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‘The courage to be imperfect’ – Brené Brown

The American researcher Brené Brown, specializing in issues related to vulnerability, shame and empathy, is among the most attended speakers of TED Talks, a series of lectures, with influential names in several fields.

In her book “The courage to be imperfect”, the author shows that vulnerability cannot be understood as synonymous with weakness.

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‘Women who run with the wolves’ – Clarissa Pinkola Estés

The book “Women who run with the wolves”, by American writer Clarissa Pinkola Estés, was on the New York Times bestseller list for a year. In it, the psychoanalyst encourages women to rediscover their own nature, free and wild.

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‘Women, Race and Class’ – Angela Davis

The American university professor and Marxist philosopher Angela Davis was a member of the Black Panthers party and since her adolescence has campaigned for political and civil rights. She addresses the emergence of the abolitionist movement, suffrage and the struggle for women’s rights, from a racial perspective in the book “Mulheres, Raca e Classe”.

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‘For an Afro-Latin American Feminism’ – Lélia Gonzalez

The countless essays by Brazilian anthropologist and intellectual Lélia Gonzalez were compiled into a book that deals with racism, colonialism and sexism, from an Afro-Latin American perspective.

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‘The men who explain everything to me’ – Rebecca Solnit

The book highlights the different nuances of machismo, the different manifestations of violence against women and lists numerous problematic issues related to patriarchal culture.

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‘All About Love: New Perspectives’ – bell hooks

The disbelief in love and the view that it can only be felt in affectionate relationships are the basis of the book by American feminist professor and theorist bell hooks. She defends, over 280 pages, that love is much more than a feeling, arguing that it has a real meaning and a rooted construction.

The writer died at the end of last year and left more than 40 books published.

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‘Olhos D’Água’ – Conceição Evaristo

The linguist Conceição Evaristo is one of the great names of contemporary Brazilian literature. In her book “Olhos D’Água”, she portrays how harsh the reality of the world is, especially for black women.

“With an affective and poetic text, Conceição brings the role of black women and exposes brutal realities, gender and race discrimination”, analyzes Fernanda Saboya.

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‘Eviction Room’ – Carolina Maria de Jesus

The poet Carolina Maria de Jesus is today one of the most important writers in the country. Published in 1960, her book is, in fact, a diary in which she recounts the harsh and cruel daily life of a favela resident.

“It is an important voice for the necessary change in the representation of women and black women in literature”, observes Fernanda Saboya, from Melhoramentos.

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‘Small anti-racist manual’ – Djamila Ribeiro

The “Little Anti-Racist Manual”, by philosopher and writer Djamila Ribeiro, was the winner of the 2020 Jabuti Prize, in the Human Sciences category. In it, 11 lessons are presented to understand what racism is and how it is possible to fight it, with effective actions and measures.

“It reinforces the ideal of breaking with misogynistic and prejudiced discourses, embedded in societies through, basically, the education of new generations”, summarizes Alleid Ribeiro, professor.

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‘Everything is river’- Carla Madeira

The first book by Minas Gerais writer Carla Madeira tells the story of a love triangle, which escapes the clichés of real life. In addition to questioning feelings such as love, the work emphasizes the importance of sisterhood among women.

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‘The weight of the dead bird’ – Aline Bei

Inspired by a fact from her childhood, the book by São Paulo writer Aline Bei recounts the impacts of her first losses, as she follows a character from 8 to 52 years old. In addition, it narrates the main issues that permeate the female universe, such as sexuality, motherhood, abuse and emotional health.

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