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World Book Day

One thing that lockdown hasn’t taken away from us this year so far is World Book Day, which will take place on March 4th. While literature-lovers may not be able to physically attend the events that they would have in a pre-pandemic world to celebrate this day, World Book Day will continue to distribute their £1 book tokens to schools and nurseries, and will be valid to use when bookshops open back up.  

In a time where the only kind of escapism we can participate in safely is through the words of a gripping novel or hard-hitting story, we think that World Book Day ought to be celebrated in style this year.  

Here are some of the books that we can’t wait to get our hands on in 2021. 

Some Body to Love by Alexandra Heminsley

This vivid and vulnerable memoir from Heminsley opens our eyes to a world of emotional struggle, deep-rooted friendship, and the importance of acceptance in a world that is so rejecting of the unoriginal. Heminsley describes the difficulty of preparing to raise a new-born baby while adjusting to the news that her husband wishes to transition. In a time where communication has never been more important, this book can teach us a lot about how acceptance and understanding are the pillars of personal growth.  

White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind by Koa Beck

A timely and insightful exploration of how the concept of feminism contains nuances of discrimination and exclusion of its own, and the importance of breaking these barriers down to leave behind what is fundamentally important; the equality of men and women.  

 Beck illuminates the layers of race and non-binary discrimination throughout the history of feminism, and highlights how feminism has failed those who fall outside of the bracket of being a white, privileged woman. This book is an acknowledgement of how far we have come, but a severe warning of where we will be if feminism does not instigate inclusion.  

 

Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion

Joan Didion scholars all over the world will be desperate to get their hands on this new collection of twelve early pieces from the infamous author and journalist, Joan Didion. From her account of a Gamblers Anonymous meeting to a passage on Martha Stewart, each piece in this collection is perfectly precise and utterly Didion-esque 

But You’re Still So Young: How Thirtysomethings Are Redefining Adulthood by Kayleen Schaefer

Ever heard that thirty is the new twenty? We have, and so has Kayleen Schaefer. In a world where women are prosperous business owners, multi-talented artists and well-respected spokespeople, isn’t it time to update the archaic timeline that dictates that a woman will peak at twenty-five? This concise and cleverly structured analysis of the female existence challenges our preconceptions about milestones, goals, and a woman’s purpose. It brings us to the economic and social roots of the problem that places so much pressure on a woman to thrive before she is thirty, and introduces us to a world where our thirties can take drastically different forms, but where each form is justified and dignified in its own right.  

Black is the Body by Emily Bernard

Across twelve unique and deeply personal, interconnected accounts, Emily Bernard shares the stories from her life that allow her to talk about race, honesty, family and interactions, and much more. 

 She analyzes the contrasts and nuances, the disturbing moments of her past and confronts the realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man. She recounts gaining a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, and of many more moments that have defined her life and presented her with more reason to ponder the body she is in. An eye-opening account of a life far removed from many others around the world, but an important one to hear and comprehend.  

Another Life by Jodie Chapman

Two star-crossed lovers intrinsically bound by a terrible choice, binding them to one another for a lifetime. Scattered with mistakes, promises, and heartfelt moments of tenderness, this story is a classic tale of love and tragedy likened to Atonement, lovers Anna and Nick are characters that will quickly find a place in all of our hearts.  

The Hard Crowd by Rachel Kushner

In nineteen quick-witted and razor sharp essays, Kushner has compiled a selection of her work over the past two decades that address the most demanding political, creative, and social issues of our time; the same issues that form the foundations of her fictional work.  

From cultural criticism to artistic journalism, Kushner takes us on a journey around the world through Palestinian refugee camps to downtown San Francisco, and everywhere in-between

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