Book Reviews, Podcast Shownotes

Emma’s Favorite Books So Far of 2021 – part 2

Emma dives into some of her favorite reads so far in 2021 (part two!). Emma has read 116 books (and counting!) this year, so she’ll be talking about some of these by genre — this week’s segment are her favorite Poetry, Memoirs and Essays, and History reads and include a few backlist titles. Part 1 were her favorite Fantasy and Fiction Reads and next week will be a smattering of more shoutouts!

I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World, Kai Cheng Thom

Earth Keeper, N Scott Momaday

This Accident of Being Lost, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

In The Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir, Natasha Tretheway

Goodbye, Again, Jonny Sun

Know My Name, Chanel Miller

Heavy: An American Memoir, Kiese Laymon

We Too: Essays on Sex Work & Survival, (ed.) Natalie West

Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and Colorism, Nikki Khanna

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, Patrick Radden Keefe

The Dead Are Arising, Les Payne, Tamara Payne

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, C Riley Snorton

Chains of Babylon: The Rise of Asian America, Darly J. Maeda

Mentioned in this episode/shout outs to 

@bookdragon217 , @hilaryreadsbooks, @pilartyping, @antonique_reads !

Also mentioned:

Carryin’ On In the Lesbian and Gay South, John Howard

Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan’s #Metoo Movement, Shiori Ito


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This episode was edited by Phalin Oliver and produced by Renee Powers on the ancestral land of the Dakota people.

Original music by @iam.onyxrose

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Renee Powers founded Feminist Book Club in 2018 to provide a space for intersectional feminists to learn, grow, and connect. When not reading or running the biz, you can find her drinking coffee and trying unsuccessfully to teach her retired racing greyhound how to fetch. Favorite genres: feminist thrillers, contemporary literary fiction, short stories, and anything that might be described as "irreverent"

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