We like to wind down on Mondays with a feature we call “5 Books” wherein we make our writers, friends, and readers tell us five books they’d choose to give to various important people in their lives. Today, we’ll be asking writer Liza, who has been a part of the Persephone team since our early days on the introwebs.
1. Which book would you give to a potential significant other?
Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti. When I read it shortly after finishing college, I realized I’d always been a feminist but never used the term to describe myself. I’d ask a man to read it because it’s really important to me that a potential boyfriend have at least a basic understanding and respect for feminism. I also think it’s one of the more accessible intro books on the subject out there, so if he can’t get through it, he’s not the dude for me.
2. Which book would you give to a high school senior?
Probably A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, if for no reason other than that I read it when I was a senior in high school and it remained my favorite book for a long time after. I might also dig up a book on body image like Feed Me or Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, especially for a young woman. And Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus because it’s about riot grrrl. The movement was made up of high school and college age women, so maybe it would inspire this senior to take some sort of action. I guess that’s more of a summer reading list than a single book.
3. Which book would you give to your political representatives?
I’m not sure if there’s a single book out there I’d give. Maybe I should copy and paste passages from different ones and write in some notes of my own. I’d probably use cut out letters and glitter, so it would look like a scrapbook, but with political messages. Lisa Frank stickers would highlight the really important points, so if you see a rainbow unicorn, pay attention.
4. Which book would you give to a former teacher?
When I write and publish an amazing work of non-fiction, I promise I’ll send copies to all my journalism school professors. I might even sign them.
5. Which book would you give to your best friend?
Patti Smith’s Just Kids and Greg Graffin’s Anarchy Evolution. Simply because I recently read and loved both of them and want to pass them around to everyone I know. The only things they have in common with each other is that they’re both non-fiction books written by rock stars. (I didn’t realize how partial I am to non-fiction.)