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Author and Journalist Mona Eltahawy's Essential Reading After 2017

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on December 11, 2017

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is based in Cairo and New York City.

She is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, released April 2015, and is a contributor to the New York Times opinion pages. Her commentaries have appeared in several other publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.


As 2017 comes to an end, what books could you suggest that people read to reflect on this year’s tumultuous events and why do you recommend them?

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Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. A wonderfully sharp, queer, and fierce short story collection.


Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward. Poetry has again and again saved my mind and heart this year and this collection was like a loving punch to my gut.

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Whatever Happened to Interracial Love by Kathleen Collins. An exquisite short story collection that centers on the lives and experiences of Black women in 1960s America.


Classical Poems by Arab Women: A Bilingual Anthology, edited by Abdullah Al-Udhari. An extraordinary collection of female poets from the 6th-12th century that fearlessly centers on desire.


Anything and everything by June Jordan whose words, “we are the ones we have been waiting for,” from Poem For South African Women are tattooed on my right forearm next to the goddess Sekhmet.

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