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.

  • Rebecca Foster

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    , 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

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    : Matron Saint of Storytellers

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    : 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.

  • Paula Bardell-Hedley

    Its publication date scheduled to coincide with International Women's Day,

    is a joyous celebration of one hundred women who achieved something of significance during their lives.

    A variety of female voices contri

    Its publication date scheduled to coincide with International Women's Day,

    is a joyous celebration of one hundred women who achieved something of significance during their lives.

    A variety of female voices contributed to the final selection of names included in the collection, from friends and editor of the author to employees of Random House. Pierpont says that when the list reached four-hundred it was, with difficulty, whittled down to a more compact but concise selection of “matron saints”, each with her own unique feast day. We are told that during this process, Katharine Hepburn received five independent nominations, and Marie Curie eight.

    Rather than produce a mundane roll-call of biographical facts, every individual in this “secular book of saints” is summed-up with a telling anecdote or pithy witticism, and each vignette is accompanied by a stunning full-colour portrait, courtesy of the British artist

    .

    Pierpont finds connections between a number of the women – sometimes fairly obscure, but often more direct - and she describes finding these as like stumbling upon a “great sisterhood.” She's aware countless noteworthy individuals are missing from the collection, but attempting to include every single suggestion was never an option. Therefore, at the back of the book she provides a section for you to add your own matron saint.

    The author is a New Yorker, so there is inevitably a strong US flavour to this volume, however, the selection is diverse in so much as the women's accomplishments cover multifarious disciplines, with names ranging from Maya Angelou, Rachel Carson and Billie Jean King to Sappho, Mae West and Jane Austen.

    This is a highly enjoyable romp through the lives of gutsy, gifted, awe-inspiring women whose lives have made - or continue to make – powerful impressions long after their passing. Every library, educational institution and young family should aspire to possess at least one copy.

  • emma

    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

  • l.

    It’s a cute idea but:

    - the art isn’t great. some figures are unrecognizable and there’s no real thought put into how they’re being portrayed. depictions of saints generally reflect something about them and their lives; these don’t.

    - some inclusions are... bhutto?? madonna?? hillary clinton??

    - the blurbs are not great tbh

    - it’s too white. an attempt was made but over half are still white and unnecessarily so. honestly I think at this point if you’re making a list, you need to see if you can repl

    It’s a cute idea but:

    - the art isn’t great. some figures are unrecognizable and there’s no real thought put into how they’re being portrayed. depictions of saints generally reflect something about them and their lives; these don’t.

    - some inclusions are... bhutto?? madonna?? hillary clinton??

    - the blurbs are not great tbh

    - it’s too white. an attempt was made but over half are still white and unnecessarily so. honestly I think at this point if you’re making a list, you need to see if you can replace all the whites with woc and if you can, do it. I made a list of women’s memoirs recently operating with that principle and think it’s a better list for it 🤷🏽‍♀️ (and yes white women were still included but there’s such a default to white women that we need to take extra steps to ensure a diverse selection ).

    - it also needed more re lesbians rep and more disabled women rep.

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