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Non-Fiction for Strong Young Women

By kileyturner
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A list of feminist books for tweens and teens. The books are eclectic – some are issues-based and some are inspiring. Every one of them is designed to help girls and young women be powerful in their lives.
In Your Face

In Your Face

The Culture of Beauty and You
edition:Paperback

"In our factory, we make lipstick; in our advertising, we sell hope."
- Charles Revson, founder of Revlon Cosmetics

More money is spent on beauty products in the United States annually than on education: over $6 billion on makeup alone.

From bedtime fairytales and blockbuster movies to magazine advertisements and reality TV, we absorb the lesson early -- being beautiful is the answer to our dreams. For pre-teens and teens, the pursuit of fitting in and measuring up feels like an essential su …

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"Scribbling Women"

"Scribbling Women"

True Tales from Astonishing Lives
edition:Hardcover

In 1855, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote to his publisher, complaining about the irritating fad of “scribbling women.” Whether they were written by professionals, by women who simply wanted to connect with others, or by those who wanted to leave a record of their lives, those “scribbles” are fascinating, informative, and instructive.

Margaret Catchpole was a transported prisoner whose eleven letters provide the earliest record of white settlement in Australia. Writing hundreds of years later, A …

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My Crazy Life

My Crazy Life

How I Survived My Family
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

There's always the light. It's definitely hard to see when you're going through stuff. I thought I was really alone, but now I've heard so many people talking about all the hard things in their lives, and then they discovered the light. So just keep fighting.
- Samantha

It's difficult to estimate the number of kids who grow up in dysfunctional families, but we can say with certainty that the numbers are not small.

So what is life really like for these kids? What does it mean to grow up in a f …

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Certain Things About My Mother

Certain Things About My Mother

Daughters Speak
edited by Susan Musgrave
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

A third anthology of honest voices that resonates with teens.

These stories are deeply personal, poignant accounts of the relationship between mothers and daughters during the contributors' teen years.

Hiromi Goto is conflicted about accepting her mother's reassurance of love. To right things, Goto declares, "Tomorrow I'll have to be extra bitchy so she'll know she's not my friend."

When Sue Goyette's mother takes a job, her daughter becomes the surrogate mother by default. The initial feeli …

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I Died on a Hot June Day

I Died on a Hot June Day

edition:eBook
also available: eBook
tagged : literary, violence

On February 14, 2013 author Sheree Fitch took part in One Billion Rising, a worldwide dance to end violence against women and girls. The event brought back memories of a hot June day when, at the age of fifteen, she lied to her parents about her plans for the day and it led to the most terrifying incident of her life. In I Died on a Hot June Day, Fitch recounts her harrowing experience and the circumstances building up to it. In the end she also shows that it’s possible to run from the dark an …

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I Used to Think I'd Make a Good Boy

I Used to Think I'd Make a Good Boy

edition:eBook
also available: eBook eBook

Growing up in Summerside PEI wasn’t easy for author Carol Little. In fact, it was hell. Constant bullying over her boyish looks and the fact that she wasn’t ‘girly’ enough made her teen years almost unbearable. Once she started to question her sexuality, realizing she liked girls more than boys, life was near impossible. Straightforward and unflinchingly honest, I Used to Think I’d Make a Good Boy takes readers back to Little’s childhood and adolescence, a time when she was trying to …

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Lipstick and Bangs

Lipstick and Bangs

edition:eBook
also available: eBook eBook

Colleen McKie brings readers back to her high school days in the early 90s with Lipstick and Bangs. It was a time of change in which she began to diverge from the interests of her lifelong friends to become an alt rock music girl with a bookish affinity for Stephen King. Lipstick and Bangs is the true story of navigating identity at an age when everything is weighed against the pressures of friendships and boys. In the crush or be crushed world of teen dating, can she be true to herself when she …

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Letters Lived

Letters Lived

Radical Reflections, Revolutionary Paths
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Letters Lived: Radical reflections revolutionary paths features a diverse group of international and cross-generational social justice activists who share the incredible journeys they have taken since their teen years—and what they wish they could have known back then.How do we learn to trust and love ourselves, as well as navigate our bodies, families, identities and communities? These candid, powerful and relatable letters engage the personal and the political as we grow: whether combating s …

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