10 Feminist Books to Read at Burlington Public Library

Here are the Top 10 Feminist Books to celebrate International Women's Day, March 8, 2018, courtesy of Burlington Public Library.

The picks were sent via BPL spokeswoman Lauren Arkell.

“Whether they draw on feminism explicitly or simply embody feminist values, these picks offer something for everyone--after all, as writer bell hooks famously taught us, feminism is for everybody. Because we understand people exist at the intersection of multiple identities, some of these books highlight different lived experiences of feminism and power; others grant us visions of feminism in practice we can refer to as we work together to build the world we need.”

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

I Am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism by Lee Maracle

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women of Color edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

Beloved by Toni Morrison

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit

The Color Purple by Alice Walker


And the Oscar goes to…

Out of Best Picture nominees roughly 55 screenplays were based on, inspired by, or adapted from published novels/novellas, short stories, plays, and in one case an epic poem (Braveheart, 1995).

Here’s a selection from BPL’s collection:

2013 - 12 Years a Slave, adapted from the 1853 slave narrative memoir by Solomon Northup

2008 - Slumdog Millionaire, based on the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup

2007 - No Country for Old Men, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy

2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, based the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

2001 - A Beautiful Mind, inspired by the bestselling novel by Sylvia Nasar

1996 - The English Patient, based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje

1994 - Forrest Gump, based on the novel by Winston Groom

1993 - Schindler’s List, based on the novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

1991 - The Silence of the Lambs, adapted from the 1988 novel by Thomas Harris

1985 - Out of Africa, based on the autobiographical book by Isak Dinesen

1975 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, based on the novel by Ken Kesey

1974 - The Godfather Part II and

1972 - The Godfather, based on the best-selling novel by Mario Puzo

1968 - Oliver! Based on the classic novel, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

1967 - In the Heat of the Night, based on the novel by John Ball

1964 - My Fair Lady, based on the 1913 stage play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

1963 - Tom Jones, adapted from Henry Fielding’s classic novel, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749)

1961 - West Side Story, inspired by William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet

1959 - Ben-Hur, adapted from Lew Wallace’s novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880)

1958 - Gigi, based on the 1944 novella by Colette

1957 - The Bridge on the River Kwai, based on the novel Le Pont de la Riviere Kwai by Pierre Boulle

1956 - Around the World in 80 Days, based on the classic novel by Jules Verne

1953 - From Here to Eternity, based on the novel by James Jones

1948 - Hamlet, based on the play by William Shakespeare

1945 - The Lost Weekend, based on the novel by Charles R. Jackson

1941 - How Green Was My Valley, based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn

1940 - Rebecca, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier

1939 - Gone with the Wind, based on the epic novel by Margaret Mitchell

1935 - Mutiny on the Bounty, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

1931 - Cimarron, based on the novel by Edna Ferber

1930 - All Quiet on the Western Front, based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque

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