I spent twelve years in Catholic school, and during that time, I read countless versions of the little book of saints. For those of you unfamiliar with them, they are basically books filled with mini bios of various saints – usually focused on “fun facts” (like that Saint Clare is the patron saint of television). Of all the ways I was made to study religion, that was the most fun. So when I saw that there was a Little Book of Feminist Saints, I knew right away I needed it.
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
(From Goodreads) In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant, and surprising biographies with stunning full-color portraits of secular female “saints” champions of strength and progress. These women broke ground, broke ceilings, and broke molds–including:
Maya Angelou – Jane Austen – Ruby Bridges – Rachel Carson – Shirley Chisholm – Marie Curie & Irene Joliot Curie – Isadora Duncan – Amelia Earhart – Artemisia Gentileschi – Grace Hopper – Dolores Huerta – Frida Kahlo – Billie Jean King – Audre Lorde – Wilma Mankiller – Toni Morrison – Michelle Obama – Sandra Day O’Connor – Sally Ride – Eleanor Roosevelt – Margaret Sanger – Sappho – Nina Simone – Gloria Steinem – Kanno Sugako – Harriet Tubman – Mae West – Virginia Woolf – Malala Yousafzai
This was such a fun little book! I thought the formatting was really clever – each “saint” has a feast day and is the “matron saint” of something. And the art is really beautiful. This is a book I want to own just so I can look at it every day. I was familiar with most of the women featured in this book, but I loved learning new things about them. I also really enjoyed learning about some amazing women I’d never heard of, like Junko Tabei, the first woman to not only scale Everest, but also climb the Seven Summits (the highest point on each continent). While her supportive husband was home with her kids, I might add. What a badass!
This book is full of inspirational and incredible women. At several points I found myself on the verge of happy tears seeing all these women get the recognition they deserve. I thought Pierpont did a great job of spotlighting each woman and sharing relevant facts without being overly lengthy or dry. Every bit of information in this book was interesting, which is exactly what I wanted. Just really well done!
★★★★☆ – I loved reading this book. I learned a lot and had so much fun reading it. I couldn’t keep the smile off my face. If you want to start reading about feminist women, this is the perfect book for you. But, really, if you like feminism and art, you need this. Trust me.
The Little Book of Feminist Saints will be available on March 6 – get your copy on Amazon now!
This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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