#IReadIndie Celebrates International Women's Day

The independent publishing community celebrates women's voices from across the globe this international women's day. What are you reading?

Feminist Press

King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes
Translated by Stephanie Benson

With humor, rage, and confessional detail, Virginie Despentes—in her own words “more King Kong than Kate Moss”—delivers a highly charged account of women’s lives today. She explodes common attitudes about sex and gender, and shows how modern beauty myths are ripe for rebelling against. Using her own experiences of rape, prostitution, and working in the porn industry as a jumping-off point, she makes the bold, stinging point that when it comes to sex today, everyone's getting screwed.

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The Madame Curie Complex by Julie Des Jardins

Why are the fields of science and technology still considered to be predominantly male professions? The Madame Curie Complex moves beyond the most common explanations—limited access to professional training, lack of resources, exclusion from social networks of men—to give historical context and unexpected revelations about women's contributions to the sciences. Exploring the lives of Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, Rachel Carson, and the women of the Manhattan Project, Julie Des Jardins considers their personal and professional stories in relation to their male counterparts—Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi—to demonstrate how the gendered culture of science molds the methods, structure, and experience of the work.

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August by Romina Paula
Translated by Jennifer Croft

Traveling home to rural Patagonia, a young woman grapples with herself as she makes the journey to scatter the ashes of her friend Andrea. Twenty-one-year-old Emilia might still be living, but she’s jaded by her studies and discontent with her boyfriend, and apathetic toward the idea of moving on. Despite the admiration she receives for having relocated to Buenos Aires, in reality, cosmopolitanism and a career seem like empty scams. Instead, she finds her life pathetic. Both a reverse coming-of-age story and a tangled homecoming tale, this frank confession to a deceased confidante. A keen portrait of a young generation stagnating in an increasingly globalized Argentina, August considers the banality of life against the sudden changes that accompany death.

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King Kong Theory
11.17 15.95

Virginie Despentes
A manifesto for women who can't, or won't, obey the rules.

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The Madame Curie Complex
14.36 17.95

Julie Des Jardins
The Hidden History of Women in Science

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August
13.56 16.95

Romina Paula
A young woman parses through the five years since her best friend's suicide in this self-deprecating examination of grief and loss.

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Workman Publishing

Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker

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Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves.

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The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel, by Elizabeth J. Church

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Follow the journey of a driven young woman whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era in Elizabeth J. Church’s debut novel. Told through the eyes of Meridian Wallace, The Atomic Weight of Love takes us from the World War II years in Chicago through to the 1970s in Los Alamos, New Mexico, blending an intriguing piece of American history and science with feminism and a passionate love story.

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Radioactive: How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World by Winifred Conkling

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Radioactive tells the fascinating, little-known story of how two brilliant female physicists working in a male-dominated field made groundbreaking discoveries that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. A nonfiction narrative that reads with the suspense of a thriller, Radioactive sheds light on Irene Curie and Lise Meitner, who are still largely ignored despite their crucial contributions to cutting-edge research.

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Milkweed Editions

Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa

As the young daughter of an affluent Parsee family in Lahore, Lenny is keenly observant of the city’s astonishing diversity—Muslims and Hindus, Christians and Sikhs, coexisting together. But as Lahore descends into sectarian violence, Lenny’s innocence is lost, and with it the fragile unity of a nation.

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adventures in the anthropocene

Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made by Gaia Vince

From the first solo female winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books:

Watching scientists declare the dawn of a new era—the Anthropocene, or Age of Man—from her seat as an editor at Nature, Gaia Vince couldn’t help but wonder if the greatest cause of this dramatic planetary change—humans’ singular ability to adapt and innovate—might also hold the key to our survival. And so she left her professional life in London and set out to travel the world in search of ordinary people making extraordinary changes. Part science journal, part travelogue, Adventures in the Anthropocene recounts Vince’s journey, and introduces an essential new perspective on the future of life on Earth.

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Sea Summit by Yi Lu, translated by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

The sea is an impossible force in this collection: it is both a majestic presence that predates man, and something to carry with us wherever we go. These brilliantly translated poems, presented in both Chinese and English, introduce an important contemporary Chinese poet to American readers.

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Sourcebooks

A Country Between: Making a Home Where Both Sides of Jerusalem Collide by Stephanie Saldañ

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“Beautifully written, ardent and wise.”—Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Secret Chord, People of the Book, and March

When American writer Stephanie Saldaña finds herself in an empty house at the beginning of Nablus Road, the dividing line between East and West Jerusalem, she is a new wife trying to navigate a fragile terrain, both within her marriage and throughout the country in which she has chosen to live. Pregnant with her first child, Stephanie struggles to protect her family, their faith, and herself from the cracks of Middle Eastern conflict that threaten to shatter the world around her. A Country Between captures the fragile ecosystem of the Middle East and the difficult first years of motherhood in the midst of a conflict-torn city.

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Barnes & Noble: https://goo.gl/Q2xkuW
Amazon: https://goo.gl/PlXXew

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Brave New Girl: How to Be Fearless by Lou Hamilton

Insightful, bold, and timeless, Brave New Girl shows women and girls that anything is possible, and motivates them to move past fear and into courage. Each page is an invitation to pause, reflect, and happily rise to the occasion. This inspirational gift book encourages girls and women to seize the day, be kind to themselves, and break down any imaginary barriers holding them hostage.

Indiebound: https://goo.gl/mt72VJ
Barnes & Noble: https://goo.gl/lJvy84
Amazon: https://goo.gl/6A0Vm6

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The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

“Fascinating and thoughtful.”—B.A. Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger and The Muralist

Albert Einstein’s first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Maric, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century. The Other Einstein offers a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow.

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Amazon: https://goo.gl/KQSbph


Grove Atlantic

The White City by Karolina Ramqvist
Translated by Saskia Vogel

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A celebrated bestseller in Sweden, The White City is an arresting story of betrayal and empowerment. Karin is something of an anti-heroine, a woman who was once at the top of an organized crime ring and is now a grieving widow, a reluctant single mother, and insolvent. She likely never spent much time thinking of herself in feminist terms, but when her livelihood and the safety of her daughter are threatened, she fearlessly fights for her independence and to regain control of her life. On a day that celebrates women, their boldness for change, The White City is a beautiful, compelling story of an imperfect woman finding her stride in her own bold, perfect way.

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Amazon: https://goo.gl/74FUQL

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

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The latest book from literary powerhouse Roxane Gay is a work of rare force and beauty—a collection of stories about hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, and are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay’s signature wit and piercing psychological depth make every story mesmerizingly unusual and unforgettable. "In a dark and modern way, this collection celebrates the post-traumatic enlightenment of women (Washington Post)."

Indiebound: https://goo.gl/v4m8sE
Barnes & Noble: https://goo.gl/z0iD8o
Amazon: https://goo.gl/FmmCzW

the core of the sun

The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo
Translated by Lola Rogers

From the queen of “Finnish weird,” comes a captivating and witty speculative satire of a Handmaid’s Tale–esque welfare state where women are either breeders or outcasts. In the Eusistocratic Republic of Finland, an alternative historical present in which public health and social stability are held above all else, The Core of the Sun follows a young woman whose search for her sister and whose growing addiction to illegal chili peppers leads her on an adventure into a world where love, sex, and free will are all controlled by the state. Johanna Sinisalo’s tautly told story of fight and flight is also a feisty, between-the-lines social polemic—a smart, inventive, and fiendishly engaging read.

Indiebound: https://goo.gl/nDbmNr
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Amazon: https://goo.gl/3uuCGe


ABRAMS Books

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The Career Code by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

In The Career Code, fashion and digital entrepreneurs Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr bring you the Everygirl’s guide for creating your own professional success, on every level, flawlessly. The book is filled with insightful, pragmatic “career codes” to follow, as well as all of the practical, how-to advice they’ve learned while building their company from zero employees in 2006, to the thriving, multibrand, multiplatform, multi-million dollar company it is today.

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A Mother is a Story: A Celebration of Motherhood by Samantha Hahn

Capturing Brooklyn-based artist Samantha Hahn’s modern sensibility, A Mother Is a Story: A Celebration of Motherhood is a stunning collection of hand-lettered quotes and ethereal illustrations. With quotes that range from witty and irreverent to touching and thoughtful, each page presents sentiments and snippets of wisdom that celebrate the spirit of motherhood. Contributions come from literary icons, political activists, lifestyle bloggers, fashion designers, and more. Rendered in Hahn’s signature watercolors, the book portrays the shared experience of motherhood in all its glorious, messy, sublime beauty.

IndieBound: http://bit.ly/2mVCHqY
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ABRAMS Books: http://bit.ly/2mVMqxy

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Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Like her classmates Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck, Ada has a boundless imagination and has always been curious. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions.

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Lucia Brown