Our 2018 reading list for the smart girl

Finish up your current reads over the holidays and get ready to pencil in these dates.

Your ultimate 2018 reading list is here, and we were too excited to not share this reading list. From financial worries to the new activist wave, there is something for everyone. So get out your pens and calendars and start highlighting these dates.

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins. Jerkins is one of the smartest young writers of her generation, and this is an insightful, revelatory collection of personal essays about a variety of today’s important issues. So fantastic. (Jan. 30)

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith: The author of White Teeth and Swing Timereturns with with brilliant essays on a range of subjects (which are just the thing to hold us over until her new historical novel, due in 2019). (Feb. 6)

What Are We Doing Here: Essays by Marilynne Robinson. New essays by the Pulitzer Prize winner on theological, political, and contemporary themes, based around the modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. (Feb. 20)

Look Alive Out There: Essays by Sloane Crosley. Crosley, author of I Was Told There’d Be Cakeis full of pithy one-liners and sharp insights, and her essays are a delight to read, whether it’s on the subject of obnoxious neighbors, fertility, or playing herself on Gossip Girl. (April 3)

The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein. This is the compelling biography of Sandra Pankhurst. Sarah was raised as a little boy in a violent home. Now however, she is a woman who helps people deal with the debris of their lives. (April 10)

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay is a provocative collection of essays that address the harassment, aggression, and violence that women face daily. Contributors include Ally Sheedy, Gabrielle Union, and Amy Jo Burns. (May 1)

The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life by Richard Russo: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s first collection of personal essays on a broad range of subjects, from a commencement speech, to Mark Twain, to a friend’s gender affirmation surgery. (May 8)

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