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Emma Watson is an English actress, model and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
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A Memoir of (My) Body
by Roxane Gay (Jun 11, 2018)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase...
Emma Watson
Sep 09, 2017
While parts of the book are difficult to read, it highlights the very real damage done by sexual violence and puts you in the mind and body of someone that has to move through the world in a different way. A small insight or perspective I feel grateful for now having and understanding a little bit better.     source
Bad Feminist
by Roxane Gay (Aug 04, 2014)
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Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pinkall shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and Im not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the jou...
Emma Watson
Sep 09, 2017
I am also re-reading essays from Gay’s ‘Bad Feminist’. We put such high expectations on ourselves as feminists, on other feminists, and the movement as a whole. It feels like such a relief to take ownership of words like “nasty woman” and “bad feminist”. They don’t have so much power this way and maybe they remind us not to hold ourselves and others to unreasonably high standards - we are all human after all and at different moments of our learning journeys. We need to feel free to be on those journeys and make mistakes. I hope if you get time you’ll enjoy what she has to say about this too.     source
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood (Apr 24, 2017)
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Before The Testaments, there was The Handmaids Tale: an instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction (New York Times).The Handmaids Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was...
Emma Watson
Apr 17, 2017
Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid’s Tale over 30 years ago now, but it is a book that has never stopped fascinating readers because it articulates so vividly what it feels like for a woman to lose power over her own body.     source
The Constant Princess
by Philippa Gregory (Sep 05, 2006)
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Splendid and sumptuous historical novel from the internationally bestselling author, Philippa Gregory, telling of the early life of Katherine of Aragon.We think of Katherine of Aragon as the barren wife of a notorious king; but behind this legacy lies a fascinating story.Katherine of Aragon is born Catalina, the Spanish Infanta, to parents who are ...
Emma Watson
Mar 08, 2017
There's another book that I read when I was very young – The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory, about Catherine of Aragon – and I know it sounds silly, but I thought, "I've got to be just like her." She was the first wife of Henry VIII and she survived, having been cruelly divorced. I remember being really inspired by that.     source
Women Who Run with the Wolves
Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
by Clarissa Pinkola Estés (Nov 26, 1996)
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Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller shows how women's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psych...
Emma Watson
Feb 27, 2017
Estes' ideas are both ancient and completely new. She points to storytelling, our ancient narratives, as a way for women to reconnect to the Wild Woman all women have within themselves, but have lost     source
The Vagina Monologues
20th Anniversary Edition
by Eve Ensler (Jan 08, 2018)
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A landmark in women's empowerment--as relevant as ever in the age of #MeToo--that honors female sexuality in all its complexityIt's been more than twenty years since Eve Ensler's international sensation The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, the radical, global grassroots movement to end violence against women and girls. This special edition fe...
Emma Watson
Dec 15, 2016
This book isn't strictly just a book - it's a play that became a political movement that became a world-wide phenomenon. Just say the title The Vagina Monologues and, even now, twenty years after Eve Ensler first performed her ground-breaking show, the words feel radical. I'm very excited about spending the months of January and February reading and discussing a book/play that has literally changed lives.     source
Mom & Me & Mom
by Maya Angelou (Apr 01, 2013)
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For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presencea presence absent during much of Angelous early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their Ca...
Emma Watson
Oct 31, 2016
@oursharedshelf's Nov & Dec book is #Mom&Me&Mom by Maya Angelou     source
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The Complete Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi (Oct 29, 2007)
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Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed graphic memoir.Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; ...
Emma Watson
May 16, 2016
Satrapi's deceptively simple, almost whimsical drawings belie the seriousness and rich complexity of her story--but it’s also very funny too.      source
Half the Sky
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
by Nicholas D. Kristof (May 31, 2010)
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#1 National BestsellerFrom two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our eras most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the ext...
Emma Watson
Apr 16, 2016
Most importantly, the book spotlights how these women were able to stand up and transform their lives and, through their inspiring examples, we learn that the key to enabling change and economic growth is in unleashing women’s potential. Kristof and WuDunn dare us, as readers, to join the cause and Half the Sky shows us how, by doing even a very small amount, we each have the power to change other women’s lives.      source
How to Be a Woman
by Caitlin Moran (Jul 16, 2012)
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Caitlin Moran puts a new face on feminism, cutting to the heart of womens issues today with her irreverent, transcendent, and hilarious How to Be a Woman. Half memoir, half polemic, and entirely necessary, (Elle UK), Morans debut was an instant runaway bestseller in England as well as an Amazon UK Top Ten book of the year; still riding high on best...
Emma Watson
Mar 21, 2016
I read it on a plane from London to New York and I laughed out loud and cried so much I think the whole of my cabin, airline staff included, thought I was losing my mind.     source
Rookie Yearbook Four
by Tavi Gevinson (Oct 19, 2015)
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"Stories and inspiring visuals for girls with old souls." --Entertainment Weekly is a website created by and for young women to make the best of the beauty, pain and awkwardness of being a teenager. When it becomes tough to appreciate such things, we have good plain fun and visual pleasure. When youre sick of having to be happy all th...
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini (Nov 24, 2008)
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After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved c...
Emma Watson
Nov 04, 2015
It's a wonderful book, I've also read this book. It's an amazing book.     source
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The Opposite of Loneliness
Essays and Stories
by Marina Keegan (Apr 07, 2014)
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An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the worlds attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.Marina Keegans star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at ...
by Cheryl Strayed (Oct 11, 2012)
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In her debut novel, Torch, bestselling author Cheryl Strayed weaves a searing and luminous tale of a family's grief after unexpected loss. "Work hard. Do good. Be incredible!" is the advice Teresa Rae Wood shares with the listeners of her local radio show, Modern Pioneers, and the advice she strives to live by every day. She has fled a bad marriage...
Tiny Beautiful Things
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
by Cheryl Strayed (Jul 09, 2012)
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Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you cant pay the billsand it can be great: youve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugarthe once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wildis th...
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From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed (Mar 19, 2012)
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An alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here.At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mothers death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only b...
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
A Memoir of Life in Death
by Jean-Dominique Bauby (Jun 22, 1998)
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Locked-in syndrome: paralysed from head to toe, the patient, his mind intact, is imprisoned inside his own body, unable to speak or move. In my case, blinking my left eyelid is my only means of communication.In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French Elle and the father of two young children, suffered a massive stroke and fou...
Love Letters to the Dead
A Novel
by Ava Dellaira (Sep 28, 2015)
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It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more -- though she never gives a single one of t...
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green (Apr 07, 2014)
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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and r...
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by Hermann Hesse (Oct 29, 2018)
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Herman Hesse's classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies--Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism--into a unique vision of...
Emma Watson
Nov 04, 2012
Q: What books have influenced your life? EW: I just read Siddhartha, which was recommended to me by a friend     source
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The Magus
by John Fowles (Jan 03, 2001)
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This daring literary thriller, rich with eroticism and suspense, is one of John Fowles's best-loved and bestselling novels and has contributed significantly to his international reputation as a writer of the first degree. At the center of The Magus is Nicholas Urfe, a young Englishman who accepts a teaching position on a remote Greek island, where ...
Emma Watson
Nov 04, 2012
Q: What books have influenced your life?` EW: Russell Crowe, who I am working with on a film, gave me John Fowle’s The Magus.     source
Just Kids
by Patti Smith (Nov 01, 2010)
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"Patti Smith has graced us with a poetic masterpiece, a rare and privileged invitation to unlatch a treasure chest never before breached." - Johnny DeppIt was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would e...
Emma Watson
Jun 13, 2011
The book was so honest and brave. I loved the way she sees the world. I really felt that life was more beautiful after I read it, and I felt more hopeful     source
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The Queen of the Tearling
A Novel (Queen of the Tearling, The)
by Erika Johansen (Apr 13, 2015)
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Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back...
Emma Watson
I didn't sleep for about a week because I couldn't put the bloody thing down.     source
Harry Potter Box Set
The Complete Collection
by J. K. Rowling (Nov 14, 2014)
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Emma Watson
I've read each one of these books 3 or 4 times each.     source
The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain (Jan 28, 2013)
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At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.In Quiet, Susan...
Emma Watson
Discusses how extroverts in our society are bigged up so much, and if you’re anything other than an extrovert you’re made to think there’s something wrong with you. That’s like the story of my life.     source
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl (May 31, 2006)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
Emma Watson
Loved it. Really loved it.     source
The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand (Apr 25, 2005)
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The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand's groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim.This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite...of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark p...
Emma Watson
I know, it's a cult. I'm not going to take it too far, but I did enjoy it.     source
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Jan 31, 2005)
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Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer's son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julian Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destro...
Emma Watson
Q: Besides the Harry Potter books, what's your all-time favorite book? EW: The Shadow of the Wind.     source