The end of January brings with it four evocative new books by women — all of which take readers to dark, sinister places. Two are fiction; two are not. All four demand that readers take a long, hard look at the way society treats women.
The two fiction books to watch this week are both young adult novels. In The Hazel Wood, a young girl travels into a ruthless, terrifying land in an attempt to find her mother, who has been kidnapped by the eerie creatures of her grandmother's fairy tales. In S.T.A.G.S., English boarding school students take their preoccupation with elitism and popularity to disturbing levels in a game that bears strong resemblance to The Hunger Games.
But if you're looking for nonfiction this month, two phenomenal memoirs are hitting bookstores on Jan. 30:BRAVEby Rose McGowan and This Will Be My Undoingby Morgan Jerkins. In BRAVE, actress and activist McGowan shares the story of her own sexual assault and dives deep into the Hollywood culture that allows men like Harvey Weinstein to get away with sexual assault without reprimand. In This Will Be My Undoing, Jerkins also examines rape culture — among plenty of other issues — but through the lens of someone who has experience double subjugation as a black woman.
As January closes, make sure you have these four books on your shelves: