From poetry and fiction to essays and memoir, 2014 was a stellar year for chroniclers of the rich tapestry of female experience. These award-winning books touch specifically on issues of gender inequality, identity politics, social injustice, sexual awakening and coming of age, and all resonate with a strong authorial voice.
Here’s our list of some of the best reads of the year:
- Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates (Simon & Schuster UK)
- Love Enough by Dionne Brand (Knopf Canada)
- Gender Failure by Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon (Arsenal Pulp Press)
- Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (Random House)
- One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery by Karyn L. Freedman (Freehand Books)
- For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu (Harper Collins)
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial)
- Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann (Harper Collins Canada)
- The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter (Doubleday Canada)
- The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt (Hodder & Stoughton)
- On Loving Women by Diane Obomsawin (Drawn and Quarterly)
- All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Knopf Canada)
- Dress, Memory by Lorelei Vashti (Allen & Unwin)
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (Virago
Bonus pick: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, by Eimear McBride (Simon & Schuster Canada), Winner of the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
Don’t hesitate to let us know if we’ve left out any of your favourites: tweet us @RoomMagazine or comment below.
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