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This week on The Social Chapter, we’re combining three of our favourite things—strong women, celebrities, and great books! That’s right: this week, we’ve picked out some of the best summer reading from celebrities like Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Obama, and Margaret Atwood that will get you laughing, crying, or something in between. Hilarious memoirs to powerful picture books comprise only some of this list of books with star-studded authors.
Without further ado, check out this week’s recommendations. Happy reading!
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
McClelland & Stewart, Expected September 2019
If you’re a fan of The Handmaid’s Tale, you may already know all about this one. The sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown. With the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead driving the latest instalment, we’re on the edge of our seats to see where it all goes. From the (Canadian!) novelist, poet, inventor, and teacher Margaret Atwood, you already know this is going to top all the bestseller lists.
BUY IT: Indigo | $25
The Squickerwonkers by Evangeline Lilly
Quiet Cocoon, May 2019
You know her from Lost, Ant-Man, and The Hobbit, but Evangeline Lilly is taking a step out of the acting world with a new children’s book, The Squickerwonkers Act 1: The Demise of Selma the Spoiled. With a darker story and illustrations, it’s a spookier tale that still has some very valuable lessons for an entitled generation. It’s sophisticated, smart, and a throwback to the old days where fairy tales were moral-heavy – we love it, and the kids will, too!
BUY IT: Amazon | $15
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Crown, November 2018
If you haven’t read this one yet, stop what you’re doing right now and go pick up a copy. The memoir of the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama explores her roots and talks about where she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House. It’s iconic, it’s compelling, and, SPOILER ALERT: all of our hosts loved it. So, what are you waiting for?
“This is the memoir we were hoping for. She is candid; recalling her innermost fears and anxieties and doubts about her husband’s career in politics from the earliest days to his last days in the White House. In the end, it left me missing her first family for a return to decency, professionalism, and sacrifice all in the name of love of country.”
BUY IT: Amazon | $21
Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner
Greystone Books, September 2018
Written by Andrea Warner, the life of musical legend Buffy Sainte-Marie is laid out on the page for you to revel at in this biography. From her struggles with sexism and misogyny in the music industry, to the abuse she faced growing up as an adopted Indigenous child, this is an unflinching look at a remarkable life that will leave you awestruck. Oh, and did we mention she’s the first and only Native American artist to win an Academy Award? This is a super-important book about a super-important woman.
BUY IT: Indigo | $31
She Persisted Around The World by Chelsea Clinton
Philomel Books, March 2018
Here at The Social, we love to celebrate the strong women who have changed the world, and that’s exactly what Chelsea Clinton set out to do here. Part of her series of picture books that highlight incredible women who overcame adversity to achieve greatness, She Persisted Around The World features the stories of women like Malala Yousafzai, J.K. Rowling, Viola Desmond, Oprah Winfrey, Harriet Tubman and more. We love how it’s accessible for all ages, yet still a great way to celebrate some of the women who have shaped history.
BUY IT: Indigo | $20
This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare by Gabourey Sidibe
HarperAvenue, May 2017
Hilarious and heartfelt are just a couple of adjectives that describe the memoir of Academy Award-nominated actress and author Gabourey Sidibe, This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare. Tackling everything from her struggle with eating disorders to the downside of money, she kept us laughing with every turn of the page. Never mind our recommendation—Barack Obama himself left the first review on the back of the book, saying “You are the bomb, girl!”. And if it’s good enough for Barack Obama…
BUY IT: Amazon | $18
How To Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh
Doubleday Canada, March 2017
You’re already a boss, but are you a bawse? A bawse, according to author, YouTuber, entrepreneur and filmmaker Lilly Singh, is someone who exudes confidence, hustles relentlessly, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because he or she has fought through it all and made it out the other side. This book is all about the power of positivity, but it doesn’t contain cute quotes, tips, or tricks. Instead, it sets out to make your work ethic sweat, your mind expand, your fear dissolve and your obstacles crumble. This is the kind of book you read five times, and then backwards. Can you tell we love it?
BUY IT: Amazon | $29