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This week is National Library Week, so we at WYV are sharing some of our favorite books.

Meaty by Samantha Irby

Meaty by Samantha Irby

“My most recent read is Meaty by Samantha Irby. I’ve been following Samantha’s work for a while now.  She describes her blog, Bitches Gotta Eat, as being about ‘tacos, dudes, diarrhea and jams.’ I’m here for that. I always end up reading it in awkward places where I shouldn’t be laughing, much less tearing up with laughter. Irby is a queer black woman with a chronic illness, so it never feels like rich, white whine. Much like her blog, Meaty is a series of absolutely hilarious essays that I can genuinely relate to. –Laurel

What Lie Between Us: A Novel by Nayomi Munaweera

What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

“I just read What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera. It’s a beautiful novel which takes place between the Sri Lankan Civil War and emigrating to America. It’s deeply human, heartbreaking, and layered. I highly recommend it! For a beautiful account of her work, read more here” –Ravneet

Women As Winners by Dorothy Jongeward

Women As Winners by Dorothy Jongeward

“It’s a mouthful, but Women As Winners: Transactional Analysis for Personal Growth by Dorothy Jongeward changed my life.  It taught me a lot of techniques that I have integrated into my life and find myself using daily. — Monica

FIght Like A Girl by Laura Baracella

Fight Like A Girl by Laura Baracella

“I’m currently reading Fight Like A Girl by Laura Barcella.  It’s about important figures within feminist activism. It’s a quick, easy read of 50 feminists that everyone should be familiar with.”  –Beth

Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam

Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam

“Okay, so let’s be real, Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam is currently languishing on my nightstand waiting to be cracked open, but I am SO STOKED to get cracking on it. I’ve been staring at it in the bookstore for days now and finally treated myself and am just waiting for the weekend to immerse myself. The story centers on three queer Bangladeshi girls living (it up?) in Brooklyn who end up traveling back to their home country after some dark family secrets are spilled. Gotta love queer girls, intrigue and identity outside of the normative American narrative. I’ve read some of Islam’s nonfiction and articles and am really excited to see how she translates her voice to the fictional narrative.” –Ema

Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein

Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein

What’s next: Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein. Orenstein writes of the trials and tribulations that our post-princess girls must navigate in post-porn, modern rape-culture in middle school and through college. Orenstein examines what it means to be an adolescent girl in a world where there is “the perfect slut,” tons of young girls scorn virginity, and young women must navigate modern hook-up culture.


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Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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