Feminism: It’s Complicated
by Roxane Gay
The first round-up of essays from academic and prolific pop culture commentator Gay, Bad Feminist is part memoir and part manifesto. Gay’s pointed conclusions about everything from Chris Brown to Girlfriends are more powerful than the subject matter might suggest.
(Harper Perennial, August)
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
by Elmear McBride
Already racking up prizes in McBride’s native Ireland, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is a stream-of-consciousness exploration of the relationship between an adolescent girl and her family, through the myriad issues they faced.
(Coffee House Press, September)
Women in Clothes
by Sheila Heti, Leanne Julavits, and Leanne Shapton
Less a book about fashion than about the way garments and the expectations we have about them shape women’s lives, Women in Clothes questions style decisions from a deeper place than Fashion Police.
(Blue Rider Press, September)
A Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore
New Yorker writer Lepore turns her well-honed researching skills on the history of the iconic superheroine and her creator, William Moulton Maston. Along the way, Lepore explores the often-fraught connections between pop culture figures like Wonder Woman and the feminist movement.