Book: Bookish Broads: Women Who Wrote Themselves into History (2021)
Author: Lauren Marino (Goodreads Author), Alexandra Kilburn (Illustrations)
Publication Info: 2021, Harry N. Abrams
Genres: Literary, Nonfiction, Women’s History, Biography, Graphic Nonfiction
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Summary: A boldly illustrated celebration of literary history’s most revolutionary, talented women writers
Women have written some of our most extraordinary literary works while living in societies and cultures that tried to silence them. These women dared to put pen to paper to express the multifaceted female experience. In Bookish Broads, Lauren Marino celebrates fierce, trailblazing female writers, reworking the literary canon that has long failed to recognize the immense contributions of women. Featuring more than 50 brilliant bookish broads, Marino cleverly illuminates the lives of the greats as well as the literary talents history has wrongfully overlooked. Each intimate portrait delves into one woman’s works and is accompanied by vibrant illustrations depicting each literary legend in her element and time.
My Summary: This book is a short (less than 200 pages) graphic nonfiction about a little over 50 women authors who have made significant contributions to literature. The profiles are essentially condensed overviews of the authors’ lives and contexts of the work’s success and significance. Profiles include visually appealing illustrations of the author and additional relevant details, such as locations or symbols. The variety of authors include those across genres, eras, countries of origin, race, and style of contribution. Good potential gift or just a foundation for learning about a variety of women authors.
Review: There are a lot of books & lists already in publication which list influential authors in all sorts of categories and modes. When I see books like these, I always check them out because I like the subject matter. This book is a short overview for a variety of authors, most of whom you’d probably be able to name quickly (as well as a few basic facts). However, I learned about new authors and also learned details I hadn’t known before. I loved the illustrations, particularly those of Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, and Mary Wollstonecraft. The profiles are a few pages long each, so you are not bogged down with too much detail. Additionally, the layout and design are easy on the eyes. There is a good variety of authors represented, including from different themes/genres, race/countries of origin, and levels of literary significance.
Ultimately, I would suggest this book for 1) potential gift to a literature lover, 2) a primer/foundational text for learning about a variety of authors, and/or 3) an entertaining graphic nonfiction.
Currently, this book has 3.93 average on Goodreads. I give it a 3.5 stars.