The Little Book of Feminist Saints

The Little Book of Feminist Saints

This inspiring, beautifully illustrated collection honors one hundred exceptional women throughout history and around the world.A Stylist Must-read Book of 2018In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant, and surprising biographies with stunning full-color portraits of secular female "saints" champi...

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  • Lorilin

    This is a short and concise book that highlights important women over the years. There is a crazy range of personalities in here, from all different countries, religions, areas of expertise, and time periods.

    Featured women are artists like Yayoi Kusama (who used art as a way to process her hallucinations), actresses like Bea Arthur (who embraced her deep voice and tall stature to portray tough, no-nonsense women), explorers like Amelia Earhart (whose strong independence helped her become the fir

    This is a short and concise book that highlights important women over the years. There is a crazy range of personalities in here, from all different countries, religions, areas of expertise, and time periods.

    Featured women are artists like Yayoi Kusama (who used art as a way to process her hallucinations), actresses like Bea Arthur (who embraced her deep voice and tall stature to portray tough, no-nonsense women), explorers like Amelia Earhart (whose strong independence helped her become the first woman to make a transatlantic flight), activists like Dolores Huerta (who helped found the United Farm Workers union with Cesar Chavez), journalists like Nellie Bly (who posed as an insane person so she could expose the horrible conditions of mental institutions), and writers like Maya Angelou (who used words as a way to cope with rape and other traumatic experiences in her life).

    The write-ups on each woman are short but personal. These aren't one-page obituary-like essays that report birth, death, and major career milestones. Instead, author Julia Pierpont shares one or two specific stories about each woman, little vignettes that actually get at the humanity, the real core, of the woman featured. It's an interesting format, and the book is educational, yes, but also extremely genuine and revealing. Ultimately, I ended up absolutely loving this one.

    ARC provided through Amazon Vine.

  • Amber

    Very beautiful illustrations and I really liked the diversity of women present in this little book. The tidbits about these women's lives also made them feel more dynamic and memorable, rather than just a straight list of facts & accomplishments. With the descriptions of the women you felt you could see a bit of their personalities. Of course, it's also a helpful guide to what these women have accomplished and how they are important figures to the feminist movement. However, I liked not bein

    Very beautiful illustrations and I really liked the diversity of women present in this little book. The tidbits about these women's lives also made them feel more dynamic and memorable, rather than just a straight list of facts & accomplishments. With the descriptions of the women you felt you could see a bit of their personalities. Of course, it's also a helpful guide to what these women have accomplished and how they are important figures to the feminist movement. However, I liked not being bombarded with a bunch of random facts and preferred the more personal style.

    There were many women in this book that I had not heard of and am happy I know of now. There were also women who I had heard of but learned something new about. As mentioned, I really liked the representation. We have women of all ages, backgrounds and orientations in one little book. This is a great book for a quick read or something to peruse on some down time. This book might help you at a trivia night, realize that women are badass, or make you feel inspired.

    Thanks to this book I found out that Jane Austen is now my bae. She is a sassy author who preferred her writing more than people. A girl of my heart. It's also a book I could find myself reading again and one I would recommend to someone who admires strong independent women.

  • da AL

    Outwardly charming & lovely, this seemingly sweet little book sinks deep into the heart with the seriousness of how so many sung & unsung heroines exist...

  • Rebecca

    Like

    , this is a celebration of women’s achievements, especially those that have been overlooked. Each “matron saint,” presented in chronological order by birthday, gets a two-page spread, with a full-color portrait on the left (by Manjitt Thapp, a young British artist) and a very short biographical essay on the right that highlights the saint’s background and her contribution towards greater opportunities for women. The first two subjects give you a sense of the range covered:

    Like

    , this is a celebration of women’s achievements, especially those that have been overlooked. Each “matron saint,” presented in chronological order by birthday, gets a two-page spread, with a full-color portrait on the left (by Manjitt Thapp, a young British artist) and a very short biographical essay on the right that highlights the saint’s background and her contribution towards greater opportunities for women. The first two subjects give you a sense of the range covered: Artemisia Gentileschi and Michelle Obama. There are about 90 profiles here, and while I recognized most of the figures, a number of the mathematical/scientific pioneers and civil rights activists were new to me. A perfect coffee table book to gift to the women in your life this year. Out on March 6th.

  • Krystal

    This captivating book brought a diverse collection of both renowned and lesser known feminist trailblazers to life with vivid illustrations and meaningful details about why they should be remembered!

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

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    Wow! This has been a fantastic month for feminist reads for me. I read about five times more than normal and all of them, with one glaring exception, have been excellent. THE LITTLE BOOK OF FEMINIST SAINTS is a fun little book packing a surprising amount of feminists and strong/progressive women. Each woman gets her own mini section, with an abbreviated bio presented vignette-style, and, of course, a stylized portrait.

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    Wow! This has been a fantastic month for feminist reads for me. I read about five times more than normal and all of them, with one glaring exception, have been excellent. THE LITTLE BOOK OF FEMINIST SAINTS is a fun little book packing a surprising amount of feminists and strong/progressive women. Each woman gets her own mini section, with an abbreviated bio presented vignette-style, and, of course, a stylized portrait.

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF FEMINIST SAINTS is actually a very similar concept to this other book I

    just read called

    . Like LITTLE BOOK, DEAD FEMINIST also features a number of women, divided into sections, with mini bios and stylized art. The art style and presentation are different but there is a lot of overlap - Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, Rachel Carson, Shirley Chisholm, and Sappho to name a few.

    THE LITTLE BOOK OF FEMINIST SAINTS features many more women, however. Some of my favorites were Venus and Serena Williams, Anne Frank, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Michelle Obama, Oprah, and Hillary Clinton (obviously). I learned about a few new women, too, like the artist

    (her aesthetic is

    and now I'm dying to see one of her exhibits, because it is so insta-worthy) and the performer and French resistance agent,

    .

    This is a great book with some unexpected additions. Perfect for the modern feminist's coffee table.

    3.5 to 4 stars

  • Nat

    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for in terms of feminist collections. I mentioned before in my reviews for equally striking books (

     &

    ) how I’m not keen on Wikipedia-esque entries, instead, I prefer anecdotes that bring the women back to life through words. And oh, how Julia Pierpont delivered with 

    .

    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for in terms of feminist collections. I mentioned before in my reviews for equally striking books (

     &

    ) how I’m not keen on Wikipedia-esque entries, instead, I prefer anecdotes that bring the women back to life through words. And oh, how Julia Pierpont delivered with 

    .

    My most important thing with these collections is that I want to educated myself on something new in an engaging way, without feeling like I'm reading a textbook. And because

    focused on telling witty stories that captured the spirit of each woman, there wasn’t ever a case of reading the same repeated history lesson, especially with the more well-known personalities. I got enlightened on so many phenomenal sheroes over the course of the book, and I had the most fun doing so.

    This read also managed to pack many experiences into a short amount of pages. Ranging from leading ladies, philosophers, readers, dreamers, travelers, athletes, students, and rebels.

    Speaking of which, here were some of the noteworthy women I was very in tune with that I'd like to highlight:

    1. 

    : Matron Saint of Every Home.

    2. 

    : Matron Saint of Visionaries

    3. 

    : Matron Saint of Sisterhood

    4.

    : Matron Saint of Storytellers

    5.

    : Matron Saint of Future Generations

    6.

    : Matron Saint of Leading Ladies

    7.

    : Matron Saint of Diariest

    8.

    : Matron Saint of Color

    exceeded all my expectations, thanks to both the striking illustrations by 

    that set the tone for what to expect, and the accompanying anecdotes written to the strengths of our leading ladies.

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  • Alice Lippart

    Always great to read these types of books.

  • emma

    Okay. Let’s get the important stuff out of the way:

    READ THAT TITLE.

    LOOK AT THAT COVER.

    DO BOTH AGAIN!!! PREFERABLY REPEAT STEPS 1-3 UNTIL YOU’RE SURE - REALLY SURE - YOU HAVE APPRECIATED EACH TO BOTH YOUR FULL CAPACITY AND THE DEGREE TO WHICH THEY DESERVE APPRECIATION.

    When done, feel free to continue reading. Or don’t - we’ve already done what really matters here.

    Basically this book is teeny and gorgeous and smart and creative and unique and I love it so much. I read it right after the high of re

    Okay. Let’s get the important stuff out of the way:

    READ THAT TITLE.

    LOOK AT THAT COVER.

    DO BOTH AGAIN!!! PREFERABLY REPEAT STEPS 1-3 UNTIL YOU’RE SURE - REALLY SURE - YOU HAVE APPRECIATED EACH TO BOTH YOUR FULL CAPACITY AND THE DEGREE TO WHICH THEY DESERVE APPRECIATION.

    When done, feel free to continue reading. Or don’t - we’ve already done what really matters here.

    Basically this book is teeny and gorgeous and smart and creative and unique and I love it so much. I read it right after the high of reading Brazen, one of my favorite books of the year/another amazing feminist book about badass ladies in history, and it held up pretty well. It’s not AS good, but nothing is and it’s pretty close!!!

    Also please look at the cover again and then think about the title because I’m just sure you’re capable of further appreciation.

    Bottom line: This book is teeny and cute inside and out! And those are my aspirations right there. (Hoping ending on that note makes this review seem cute in addition to teeny.)

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    what? oh, sorry, i only read nonfiction anthologies of the stories of under-discussed badass women from history alongside beautiful art now.

    it's a rebrand for the ages.

    review to come?? who can say

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