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You know we love a good read here at The Social. We’ve covered more than 50 books for The Social Chapter and we always have amazing authors on the show. But how do you find the perfect summer read? There’s a lot to choose from and it can be a little overwhelming…until now.
This summer, we’ve been taking your reading game to the next level with The Social’s Summer Reading List. Every weekend, all summer long, we’ve been revealing a specially-curated book list that will keep you occupied through the BBQs, the bonfires, the picnics and family fights. From the best beach reads to Jess Allen’s top picks, we’ve been doing all the work for you.
This week is all about empowerment. Here are some of our favourite reads from some of the most inspiring and powerful women writers.
Love Lives Here by Amanda Jetté Knox
Penguin Random House, 2019
From the award-winning author Amanda Jetté Knox comes an inspirational story of acceptance, transition, frustration, and love. After two members of her family came out as transgender – one of whom was her spouse – Knox’s family underwent a challenging shift that, slowly, resulted in them becoming happier and more united. Told with remarkable candour and humour, and full of insight into the challenges faced by trans people, Love Lives Here is so important that you just can’t miss it.
Feminasty by Erin Gibson
Grand Central Publishing, 2018
Erin Gibson has a singular goal – to create a Utopian future where women are recognized as humans. In Feminasty – titled after her nickname on the hit podcast Throwing Shade – she has written a collection of make-you-laugh-until-you-cry essays that expose the hidden rules that make life as a woman unnecessarily hard and deconstructs them in a way that’s bold, provocative and hilarious. Keeping us laughing from page one, Erin breaks down the organized chaos of old fashioned sexism, intentional and otherwise, that systemically keeps women down. A must read if there ever was one!
BUY IT: Amazon | $14
Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
Simon & Shuster, 2018
One of the most important feminist voices of our time, Rebecca Traister, says that female rage is at the core of political radioactivity. From the Suffragettes to Viola Desmond, women have always been at the forefront of social change, and in Good and Mad, Traister explores the revolutionary power of women’s anger – and it’s as inspiring a read as they come. A glimpse into the galvanizing force of women’s collective anger that, when harnessed, can change history, Traister’s commentary makes sense of a cultural transformation that is potent and ongoing.
BUY IT: Amazon | $14
Girl Squads by Sam Maggs
Penguin Random House, 2018
Best-selling writer Sam Maggs brings her signature wit and warmth in Girl Squads, a tribute to the enduring power of female friendship throughout history. Spanning art, science, politics, activism and even sports, this is a fun and feisty tour of famous girl BFF’s who stuck together and changed the world. With fresh illustrations from Jenn Woodall, this book is a whole lot of fun from front to back, and left us with an even greater appreciation for the female friends in our lives.
BUY IT: Indigo | $22
Resilience – Navigating Life, Loss and the Road to Success by Lisa Lisson
ECW Press, 2017
Resilience is a story of triumph over tragedy, an inspirational life lesson to let people know they are not alone and to find fulfillment by embracing family and career. After her husband was paralyzed by a life-altering heart attack, Lisa’s world was turned upside down as she balanced taking care of her spouse, her executive job at Fed Ex Canada, and mothering her four children – all at the same time. Part leadership guide, part memoir of loss, Resilience is proof that that triumph over adversity is possible and a message to lead every day with purpose and gratitude – something we all need to keep in mind.
BUY IT: Amazon | $19
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
William Morrow Paperbacks, 2016
An absolutely phenomenal true story about the black female mathematicians whose calculations helped fuel America’s greatest achievements in space – including launching rockets and astronauts into orbit and, eventually, onto the moon. These women – some of the brightest minds of their generation – were initially relegated to teaching math in America’s segregated South, but when they were called into service in the aeronautics industry, they finally had a shot at a job worthy of their skills. This book chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, formed alliances, and shaped the country’s future – it’s such an important story, and it’s finally being told!
BUY IT: Amazon | $18
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Simon & Shuster, 2015
In this poignant, hilarious, and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman Shonda Rhimes, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder reveals how saying YES changed her life—and how it can change yours too. As fun to read as Rhimes’ TV is to watch, it’s poignant, intimate, and hilarious – a ton of fun from front to back. All the hosts loved this book so much – check out what Lainey had to say about it – “I loved how consistently Shonda Rhimes checked her own privilege. She acknowledged her position in life, which tells me she still has self-awareness, which can be really difficult in Hollywood.”
BUY IT: Indigo | $20
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Random House Canada, 2015
TV-star, writer, and comedian Minday Kaling turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud collection of essays in Why Not Me? Truly enjoyable from start to finish, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and enjoyment in her adult life – relatable, anyone? It’s the perfect read for the end of a busy day, and it has The Social Chapter‘s seal of approval.
BUY IT: Indigo | $22