Monday, May 15, 2017

Book Review: "Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I read this short novella during the last Dewey's Readathon.  I figured it would be a perfect little thing to read before I got too tired, as I've been really loving feminist pieces this year.

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
63 pages
Source:  Library


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