When you want nonfiction that’s a whole lot of fun to read, Quirk Books is the place to go. Here are mini-reviews for three of their recent titles:
Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends by David Stabler & Doogie Horner
Source: received from publisher
We loved reading Kid Presidents, and Doogie Horner’s illustrations really inspired C to draw more. So when I saw that he and Stabler had joined forces again for Kid Artists, I knew I needed to request a copy. These true tales from the childhoods of famous artists are just silly enough to hold a child’s interest, without sacrificing solid, factual information. I liked the variety of artists included, too – plenty of men and women, covering a huge range of artistic mediums.
Crafting with Feminism by Bonnie Burton
Source: received from publisher via NetGalley
Soooo I requested this book based on the cover alone, without reading the summary, thinking my Girl Scout/homeschooling mom friends and I could use this with our girls. And then I had a huge laugh about it, because I totally did not expect to see vagina tree ornaments or huggable uterus body pillows! Our kids are a little too young for some of the crafts in this book, but honestly, there’s something for girls of all ages in here. I’m envisioning a craft day where our girls make feminist hero finger puppets, or even tampon dolls, while we moms make drinking dames flasks. Does that sound like a winning play date or what?!
Wonder Women by Sam Maggs
Source: won a copy during ArmchairBEA
I want to give a copy of this book to every woman I know! Sam Maggs should keep writing nonfiction, because she is downright fun to read with her laidback, slightly irreverent, sassy tone. I was shocked (not sure why) by just how much women have been screwed over throughout history—men have taken so much credit for things they didn’t actually do! Also, representation matters, and Maggs hit this out of the park. Wonder Women covers amazing women across all ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
“Unfortunately, ‘making sense’ and ‘saying things that matter’ tend not to persuade bigots with power…”