9. The Multiplying Mysteries of Mount Ten by Krista Van Dolzer
I couldn’t help but shiver. I’d never been the superstitious sort, but I’d never been trapped at a math camp with a homicidal maniac. Suddenly, it felt like my sketchbook was on fire.
8.The Binding by Bridget Collins
“We don’t make books to sell, boy. Selling books is wrong . . . It’s the binding that matters. The craft of it, the dignity. Say a woman comes to me for a book. I make a book for her. For her, you understand? Not to be gawped at by strangers.”
7. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Patron and candidate. The mad ginger and the strange little girl with black eyes.
6. Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
Charlie’s father. The love of my life. Ian.
5. The National Team by Caitlin Murray
The culture of the team–its DNA, its fighting mentality–has outlasted every player, every coach, every World Cup, every Olympics, every collective bargaining agreement, every fight. Whether they can win another Women’s World Cup in 2019 or an Olympic gold medal in 2020 almost doesn’t matter. They’ll be back eventually, because they always are. That’s just the national team.
4. Becoming by Michelle Obama
I can hurt you and get away with it. It was an expression of hatred that had generally been kept out of police company, but still lived in the marrow of our supposedly enlightened society–alive and accepted enough that someone like Donald Trump could afford to be cavalier about it. Every woman I know recognized it. Every person who’s ever been made to feel ‘other’ recognized it. It was precisely what so many of us hoped our own children would never need to experience, and yet probably would. Dominance, even the threat of it, is a form of dehumanization. It’s the ugliest kind of power.
3. Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair by Alice Kuipers
I open Spell. And begin to write.
2. The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
The first rule of punk: be the real you.
1. The Divided Mind by John E. Sarno
In truth, American medicine has done enormous harm.