We: A Manifesto is a piece of work by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel. The two friends have worked together on this project in hopes to give women a push towards freeing themselves from, well, themselves.
This new release begins:
“Imagine a sisterhood – across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best…”
It promotes itself as “inspiring, empowering, provocative”, and attempts to be more than just a self-help book. It discusses spirituality, politics, meaning and purpose in life, with practical and psychological tools to use daily.
For those of us who are more than a little cynical when it comes to self-help books in general, it is said to be rather more straight-talking than most. I for one look forward to being challenged!
All that changed this week with the news that there’s a brand new full length novel coming from John Green this October, his first for five years! Turtles All the Way Down will be out on October 10th of this year and although there’s not yet a cover reveal, it is available for pre-order now. Read More
It has kickstarted (oh! I see where they got the name from now!) many excellent projects you may have heard of, and a few you may not have. We have gathered a handful of the best literature-based projects out now, or made possible, thanks to Kickstarter. Just click on the heading of each campaign to take you to the corresponding Kickstarter page, or find the Amazon links below each book.
A 20 book collection for the bookshelf
In June, Penguin Vintage launched a new range of short books, celebrating their extensive backlist and the Penguin Vintage Minis are absolutely gorgeous! The twenty new titles bring us some essential reading from the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Everything is covered, from birth to death and everything in between.
“A feminist reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale, which follows both of the central female characters from the original story: the princess and her stepmother.”
This feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale brings us what could be described as a mix of the magical realism of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, and female-led, powerful beauty of Disney’s Frozen.
The Bad Mood and the Stick will be Lemony Snicket’s thirteenth published book after A Series of Unfortunate Events and other works. Read More
You may well have waited in anticipation for many of these upon their release, in which case we can trigger some happy memories, if not then maybe some of them will offer reading suggestions for the future.
Here’s June’s 50 years of Literature flashback:
As we reported, the tale of Beren and Lúthien is very personal to Tolkien as he based the two lovers upon himself and his wife. Indeed, their grave bears the names Beren and Lúthien. Tolkien apparently first conceived the story shortly after returning home after the Battle of the Somme. In the Winter of 1916, Tolkien spent his time convalescing from the horrors he’d seen. Read More
Isabel Harris won the Book People’s first Bedtime Story competition, which challenged children aged between 5 and 11 to create a picture book on the theme of animals. The winning story was chosen from more than 1,000 entries and will be available to buy from June 1st, with all proceeds going to the charity Action for Children. Read More