2018 has been an incredible year for women. A year that has showcased trials and moments of triumph, the publishing industry consisting of some of the best literary works. These works have traveled through the year with layers of personal essays, recipes, and book-to-movie adaption hits. Women now have the time and opportunity to show the skills that have always been with us, the ability to display empathy and the talent of honest story-telling. These women have used their platform to shout the realities that are facing our country and world. Let us take a look at this year’s most spectacular books published by women:
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay
This collection of personal accounts had an enormous impact for 2018’s year of women. The collection is a contains a multitude of accounts which focus on women, but also spotlight on male and trans representation. It shared and illustrated some of the most poignant experiences of sexual assault that people have experienced; leaving the readers with nothing to do but to fully listen.
Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
Hollywood’s classic southern bell whips up one of the most tasteful cookbooks that came out in 2018; written and created by one of the most prominent actresses in the Times Up movement. Witherspoon hits hard with her metaphorical meaning of sitting pretty with a teacup filled with the stiffest whiskey. Witherspoon presents to women everywhere that a woman is no dainty thing, but a force to be reckoned with.
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
While most everyone who reads this novel is taken aback by it’s raw account of police violence, and is inspired by it’s call to justice for people of all races, Starr’s contribution as a strong, female role model can sometimes be overlooked. It is no stretch to say that through Starr’s courage and dedication, the novel’s events are shaped to be stories of strength, rather than stories of defeat.
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
This exquisite novel tells the story of 3 women—one Polish, one German, and one American during their roles before, during, and after World War II. Their stories take them all across the world and through many trials and tribulations, including concentration camps and resistance movements. Yet through it all these women stay fierce and strong in their beliefs and humanity.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama never fails to shock, especially in her latest publication that presents a life that is unmatched. Countless obstacles like issues of race have plagued many and those left no room to spare for the former first lady. Obama’s unyielding story has become the mass representation that any girl, no matter the color of their skin, or the gender they are labeled, can rise in the ranks by the unmatched magic they offer to the world.