The Argus Reads: Female Authors

Four books from badass ladies in honour of International Women’s Day

Compiled by Sam Mathers, News Editor

PC: Katie Zugic

  1. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

“This, without a doubt, is neoliberalism’s single most damaging legacy: the realization of its bleak vision has isolated us enough from one another that it became possible to convince us that we are not just incapable of self-preservation but fundamentally not worth saving.”  

Why You Should Read It: Naomi Klein tells the inconvenient truths of climate change in This Changes Everything, as she reveals the capitalist ideologies and inherent petroculture that fuel climate change and exposes the war between our current economic model and the future of the Earth. Klein underscores the importance of tackling climate change from a multi-disciplinary approach, addressing the biological, sociological, and economic intricacies of the problem, as well as outlining the individual’s role in preserving the future. A must read for those looking to piece together a big picture of the culture that fuels climate change.

  • Katie Zugic, Media Assistant

    PC: Brandy Bond

  1. Sula by Toni Morrison

“There in the center of that silence was not eternity but the death of time and a loneliness so profound the word itself had no meaning.”

Why You Should Read It: Sula is Morrison’s second novel that tells a story about motherhood, friendship and love. It focuses on the lives of two girls, Nel and Sula, who face adversity and distrust from outside of and within their own community. Set in a predominantly black town in Ohio, the story explores the relationship between various women in the segregated South. By portraying their fights and struggles the novel showcases the strength and power of its female characters.

  • Brandy Bond, Staff Writer

    PC: Savanah Tillberg

  1. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

Why You Should Read It: I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is an autobiography written by Malala Yousafzai, with the help of foreign correspondent, Christina Lamb. The book tells her story as young girl in Pakistan who becomes an outspoken and passionate teenager, actively fighting for women and girl’s rights to education. Her advocacy makes her a target for the Taliban, who eventually shoot her in the head on her way home from school. The book jumps back and forth from her former life in Pakistan, to her life after being targeted by the Taliban. Despite the danger following the attack, Malala continues to advocate for girl’s rights to education. This book is fascinating and eye-opening, and Malala’s humility and charisma shine through her words. I’d recommend this book to anyone willing to read it because Malala is an exemplary role model for everyone.

  • Savanah Tillberg, Arts and Culture Editor

    PC: Sam Mathers

  1. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

“Say there is no truth. Say there are only scraps that we feebly try to sew together.”

Why You Should Read It: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is like a love letter to Louisiana, and a stunning tribute to the power of female friendship. It tells the story of the Ya-Yas, a group of four women whose histories are deeply entwined. After one of their daughters becomes estranged from her mother, the Ya-Yas share their past – their divine secrets with her so that she might gain a better understanding of her mother. Spanning three generations, this book is filled with a vibrant cast of characters and is bursting with life. It is about the complicated nature of relationships and learning to accept the past. But at it’s heart, it is about the fierce love that is unique to sisterhood.

  • Sam Mathers, News Editor