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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (Hardback)

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From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend. I have some suggestions for how to raise Chizalum. But remember that you might do all the things I suggest, and she will still turn out to be different from what you hoped, because sometimes life just does its thing. What matters is that you try. In We Should All be Feminists, her eloquently argued and much admired essay of 2014, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie proposed that if we want a fairer world we need to raise our sons and daughters differently. Here, in this remarkable new book, Adichie replies by letter to a friend's request for help on how to bring up her newborn baby girl as a feminist. With its fifteen pieces of practical advice it goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century.

Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismLiterary essays Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 07/03/2017 ISBN-13: 9780008241032  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE's work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker and Granta. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize; Americanah, which won the NBCC Award and was a New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year; the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck; and the essay We Should All Be Feminists. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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a short but powerful book. Written as the email ti was sent it uncovers the truth behind feminism but doing so in a gentle manner whilst using such powerful text. Everyone should read this.

- 07/06/2017
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Dear Ijeawele started life as a series of letters to a friend of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, after she was asked for advice on how to raise their new baby girl as a feminist. "When a couple of years ago a friend of mine from childhood, who’d grown into a brilliant, strong, kind woman, asked me to tell her how to raise her baby girl a feminist, my first thought was that I did not know. It felt like too huge a task." Adichie writes with wit and gentleness but with a commanding voice that draws attention, as with her fiction novels. While this book is only small, it covers a wide range of topics including instilling a love of reading, toy choice, conversations about sexuality, competition and changing oneself in order to promote your child’s feminist learnings. This small book packs a punch, and is an essential for any feminist starter kit, along with Adichie’s previous feminist essay We Should All Be Feminists (and there is certainly a relevant overlap in content between the two). These two books are great primers for any person interested in finding out more about feminism and why we need it, leading readers into more adventurous in depth works by writers such as Audre Lorde, Angela C Davies and bell hooks. I think it would also make a great present to any new mothers, as was its original use. What to read next: Nasty Women, an essay collection by 404 Ink I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay Thank you kindly to the team at 4th Estate and Harper Collins for sharing this important book with me.

- 01/05/2017
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It may be small, but this book packs a punch. Adichie cuts straight to the heart of gender inequality, identifying the immense social influences acting on children and offering affirmative solutions within the microcosm of family life. Lightly yet fiercely written, this is a powerful meditation on the intergenerational effects of both prejudice and resistance.

Marion, Promotions Team


Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 15/03/2017


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