We all know that Valentine’s Day is February 14, but did you know that the day before Valentine’s Day is Galentine’s Day? Originating from a 2010 episode of NBC’s Parks & Recreation, Galentine’s Day has since transcended television and become a worldwide celebration of female companionship. So grab your gals and gather ‘round: We’ve compiled a list of five books that explore the bonds between women, all written by women!
Single Girl Problems by Andrea Bain
Being single isn’t a problem that needs to be solved and Andrea Bain wants you to know it in your heart of hearts. Through a range of anecdotes, interviews and research, Bain examines the stigmatization of female singlehood with remarkable wit and candidness. Plus, the dialogue doesn’t stop on the last page! Readers looking for more can move on to the Single Girl Problems Podcast, an extension of the book with some great guest features. We’re hosting a live recording of the podcast featuring authors Anne T. Donahue (see above) and Sonya Lalli on February 13!
Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue
Anne T. Donahue is probably best known for her pop culture commentary on Twitter and outlets like The Guardian and The Globe and Mail. To label her an online personality is arguably a misnomer given the crux of her debut book, a collection of essays that broadly traces Donahue’s journey towards the titular realization: Nobody Cares. This isn’t a self-help book, but if you’re looking for an equally hilarious and heartbreaking recollection of failure, growth and fulfillment, Nobody Cares positions Donahue as a kindred spirit. Perhaps that’s help enough.
Girl Squads by Sam Maggs
Because success is better together! Sam Maggs is the author of Wonder Women, and is also a Senior Writer at Insomniac Games – could she be penning the sequel to last year’s bestselling Spider-Man? Regardless, Girl Squads continues in the tradition of Maggs’ previous work by highlighting the incredible achievements of women across fields and disciplines. However, whereas Wonder Women focused on the unit of the individual, Girl Squads is dedicated to the stories of teams: athletes, warriors, scientists, musicians and more. The book is a major testament to the power of collective action.
I Did It Too by Deanna Rodger
Deanna Rodger is an acclaimed poet, performer and playwright from across the pond, where she holds the distinct honour of being the youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007) since the competition’s inception in 1994. She has even performed at Buckingham Palace and at the 2012 Olympics! Given her numerous accolades as a spoken word poet, it comes as a surprise that I Did It Too is Rodger’s first published book of poetry. But by collecting works from throughout Rodger’s 10-plus years as a poet, I Did It Too chronicles the making of a modern legend in London.
Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
This biting satire follows the exploits of four best friends who resolve to find and marry white husbands within a year in order to move up on the economic ladder in Singapore. Drawing its title from a Singaporean pejorative for women who exclusively date white men, the book attempts to deconstruct the stereotype by focusing on how the figure of the Sarong Party Girl is informed by contemporary gender and class dynamics. Seeing as the book has been optioned for a comedy series, we could be looking at another Singapore-inspired pop culture phenomenon akin to Crazy Rich Asians!
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