I was inspired by Sandra Beckwith’s post on the Build Book Buzz blog, suggesting holiday gifts for writers. It got me thinking about books I’ve loved and love to give to friends. So in that spirit, here are a few I’d like to recommend. In the interest of full disclosure, most are by writers I know. All are by writers I admire.
For the Nasty Woman in your life – Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s America by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding
For the daughter who lives and loves basketball – Home Sweet Hardwood: A Title IX Trailblazer Breaks Through Barriers for Basketball by Pat McKinzie
For the friend looking for the courage to leave an abusive relationship – Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away from Emotional Abuse by Kathleen Pooler
For the woman who needs a good laugh – I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
For the friend who dreams of running away – Tales from Tavanti: An American Woman’s Mid-Life Adventure in Italy by Rebecca Bricker
For you, when you need a quiet, inspiring read – The Unteachable Ten: Wisdom and Visions for All Students of Life by Delle Chatman
(If Delle’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s the friend who’s responsible for my writing career.)
Yes, it’s an eclectic group of essays, memoir, inspiration and humor by talented women who deserve your attention. There’s something to love in each and every one, so I hope you’ll click on the links and support them.
Next week I’ll have a few more suggestions, just in time for last-minute shopping.
And remember: if you have a friend or family member who’s a writer, the very best gift you can give them is to buy their books!