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10 Books Emma Watson Should Review In Her Feminist Book Club

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1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Why? Lightyears before its time, Harper Lee's epic is challenging gender roles all over the place. Plus there's a little bit of Scout inside all of us just waiting to come out.

2. Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham

Why? Lena's collection of essays highlight the struggles not just of being a women, but of being anyone trying to navigate the modern world. Highlights include experiences of summer camp and interesting insights into the making of Girls.

3. Wild Swans by Jung Chang

Why? Wild Swans is a fascinating true story of three generations of women's lives growing up in China. Not only is this historically fascination, but it is totally inspiring. Jung's mothers struggles and experiences with her career and family are as incredible as they are shocking. A unique opportunity to hear largely unheard voices.

4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Why? Quite simply an autobiography we've waited long enough for. Poehler discusses divorce, love and life in a way that makes the reader feel as though they’re discussing these topics with Amy over a pizza and some wine. Yes Please is a fascinating insight into the life of a female comic, and the challenges that come with the territory.

5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Why? The Help is the story of a group of black house maids in Mississippi sharing their stories for the first time. The consequences are earth-shattering, meaning life will never quite be the same for the house maids or their employers. This novel is a celebration of women and demonstrates their power to change the world.

6. How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran

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Why? Caitlin Moran has it all. She’s wonderfully intelligent, insightful and hilarious. How to be a woman will have you choking on your tea in laughter. Caitlin discusses what makes women women, what society expects of women and what women expect from themselves. This book oozes feminist thought and is packed full of ridiculously funny anecdotes from Caitlin’s childhood and work life. Make no mistake, How To Be A Woman is not just a feminist rant.

7. Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag

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Look past its bizarre title and you’ll see that Fried Green Tomatoes is a heart-warming tale of female companionship and the struggles of breaking out of the shackles of the life you’re expected to live. What ensues is a story of heartbreak, love and the unpredictability of life. A novel with a host of strong female characters.

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Why? Popularised now in film form, The Hunger Games series had humble beginnings as the story of Katniss Everdeen, a poor peasant girl who was handy with a bow and arrow. The resulting popularity of heroine Katniss speaks volumes for the changes in what society wants to read and see on their film screens. Katniss is the strong powerful woman we all wish we could be.

9. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Why? In her hilarious memoir Tina Fey proves once again why she is so well-love and part of the American comedy establishment. Following a largely chronological pattern, Tina tells the reader about her childhood, her first steps into comedy and the crazy life of an entertainer on a prime-time Saturday Night TV Show.

10. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Why? Set in the 1930’s in Georgia, United States, The Color Purple is a story of oppression, struggle and the journey to liberty. It tells the story of Celie and her eventual break away from her husband and the oppression and expectations that have held her down all of her life. An inspiring read.

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