Monday, May 15, 2017
Book Review: "Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
So maybe I was more tired than I thought, or maybe I've put Adichie on a pedestal, but I was kind of disappointed. It is all fine and good with it's original premise: this is really a letter that Adichie had written to a friend who had asked advice on how to raise her baby daughter as a feminist. And, it does that. And, as you would write to your friend - it is pretty simply written.
I think I was just hoping for more.
If you are just starting out in reading feminist writings, this would be an excellent place to start. If you're looking for a gift for a new mom (especially a mother of girls, though I do believe this would be beneficial to boy-moms too), this might be lovely. But if you've been around the feminist literature block once or twice (and I'm saying this a kind of a newbie myself), you won't find anything new here. But it won't take long to read, so you might as well! It certainly won't hurt :)
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Alfred A. Knopf, 2017