Coined by renowned (fictional) woman role model, Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day is February 13th, and a day of “Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” Leslie Knope gifts her best lady friends with personalized, thoughtful gifts. We at Bookstr would like to propose that you celebrate the holiday with—surprise—books!
The Girls by Emma Cline
Right on the nose! Give this to all ya girls! Then, let them read it and realize that it’s actually based on the girls in Charles Manson’s cult and the Tate-LaBianca killings. They won’t be able to put it down.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
This was my guilty pleasure read of the early 2000’s, but it’s a story of imperfect, beautiful female friendship. In other words, it’s the ideal Galentine’s Day guilty pleasure read.
Quite possibly the best way to honor all the most important women.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Give this to your most brilliant friend. She’ll start reading now, and finish the fourth book in the Neopolitan Quartet on the beach next to you in the summer.
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and The Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister
While Galentine’s Day isn’t about bashing relationships, or your friends in relationships, this book is a fascinating look at the history of women living outside of heterosexual marriage.
How to Win at Feminism: The Definitive Guide to Having It All—And Then Some! by Beth Newell, Sarah Pappalardo, Anna Drezen
If you aren’t checking out the website Reductress, deemed the “feminist Onion,” on a daily basis, you’re missing out. This is a display-worthy two-hundred twenty page treasure trove of their best advice.
How to be a Financial Grownup by Bobbi Rebell
Financial stability—the gift that keeps on giving.
Anna Howard Shaw: The Work of Woman Suffrage (Women in American History) by Trisha Franzen
Image by Allie Fraley
When in doubt, celebrate Anna Howard Shaw Day over Valentine’s, or Galentine’s Day.
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