The Essential Feminist Reading List Curated By NYC's Women-Only Social Club
Audrey Gelman's blush-toned, women-only workspace, The Wing, is anchored by a sprawling bookshelf bursting with familiar female iconography. Writer and librarian-in-residence R.H. Lossin curated the collection, which is now available to club members. Whether you're looking to hunker down by a fire and expand your thinking or searching for a thoughtful gift that transcends the material, these books will fit the bill. Lossin explained the process of creating her collection to Girls at Library:
"I just started making a list of books by and about women, starting with my own bookshelf and moving on to books I had been meaning to read, and then books about topics that I thought were important and biographies of amazing women. I went through the women's studies section at the Strand as well as their poetry and fiction and really cleaned up in the literary biography section. I also included some books that were important to me when I was young such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Anne of Green Gables. I really disliked Little Women, but I included that as well as a biography of Louisa May Alcott, who was this badass woman who actually supported herself and her mother with her writing. I tried to make sure that I was attending to different time periods and genres—I have my strengths and weaknesses, so earlier than the 19th century and history (embarrassingly) was hard for me."