Fall Book Roundup: A List for Inquisitive Women


Last week, we got you all set up with the killer lineup of fall TV showsstarring and created by ladies; this week, we’ve got you covered with the abundance of recent and soon-to-be released books out this fall so you can bust out that favorite sweater, make all of the soups, and get in between the pages with some brilliant women on a wide range of topics. 

P.S. You might notice that October 4 is a big day for book releases, and not in the least because that’s the day Nasty Galaxy also drops! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of fun stuff in the coming weeks in preparation for the launch of this beauty, so stay tuned; in the meantime, check out the book trailer, make sure you’ve pre-ordered your *signed* copy, and find out when Sophia will be coming through a city near you!

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, September 6

Margot Lee Shetterly details the little-known story of the African-American women who played in integral part in the U.S. landing on the moon. These four math whizzes—Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden—had been relegated to teaching in the South’s segregated public schools up until WWII, when the labor shortage thrust them into NASA. The film has been adapted into a major motion picture starring, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner, which will come out next year. 

The Art of Waiting by Belle Boggs, September 6

Stemming from a deeply moving essay that went viral in 2012, Boggs presents an array of complex stories of women and the culture of fertility/infertility. She draws on pop-culture depictions, famous women writers on the subject throughout history, and what childless-ness means in our society. Published by indie-press powerhouse Graywolf Press, Boggs’ lyrical, empathetic writing will provide resonant insight for an issue that confronts us whether we seek to have children or not.

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil, September 6

In this day and age of nearly instantaneous access to almost any information you seek, we’ve come to rely on data and statistics as impartial assets that inform our opinions and decisions. But is there a bias behind the algorithms that now determine many aspects of our lives, such as loans, credit, insurance, etc.? O’Neil, a former quantitative analyst on Wall Street, examines how “Big Data” is propping up the well-off and pulling the rug from underneath the downtrodden, and exalts the need for regulation and oversight behind data collection and presentation. 

Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach, September 13

Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and cornerstone of the U.S. women’s soccer program for the last decade and half, tells the story of how she got to where she is. The recently retired star scored 184 international goals—the most by any man or woman—and has been a prominent advocate for LGBTQ rights and other social-justice issues. 

Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett, September 13

Journalist Jessica Bennett takes a much-needed whack at sexism in the workplace in this recounting of the women who would come together every month to discuss the gendered discriminations they encountered. Backed up with harrowing research, statistics, and historical context, Bennett’s book lays out the headache-inducing reality of patriarchy in the workplace in a manner that is inclusive, engaging, funny and empowering.

Pussy: A Reclamation by Regena Thomashauser, September 20

By and large, the word “pussy” still makes most people uncomfortable. But why is that? Feminist scholar and founder of the School of Womanly Arts Regena Thomashauser takes a deep dive into the linguistic history of the word and how we can go about destigmatizing and reclaiming it in order to better tend to our “spiritual, intellectual and emotional health.”

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney, October 4

Grace Bonney, founder of the influential design blog Design*Sponge, collected advice and insight from more than 100 women across a diverse range of ages, cultural backgrounds and professions. Accompanied by photos of them in their homes and workspaces, prominent artists, entrepreneurs and creatives talk candidly about their everyday lives and provide a sense of community and encouragement for the next generation of makers.

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings by Sarah Cooper, October 4

Writer, comedian and former corporate-world working stiff Sarah Cooper dishes on everything you need to know in order to succeed in an office environment with minimal actual knowledge. Based on her viral illustration10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, Cooper’s hilarious suggestions are meant to be tongue-in-cheek (I think), but the usefulness of constantly asking “Will this scale?” and drawing venn diagrams for EVERYTHING seems pretty legit, actually.

I’ll Tell You In Person by Chloe Caldwell, October 4

Caldwell’s terrific novella WOMEN won fervent praise from Lena Dunham, Cheryl Strayed and Elle McPherson, and was passed around in-the-know reading circles like a secret handshake when it came out in 2014. Back now with her second collection of essays, Caldwell continues with candid discussion of womanhood and what it’s like passing from your twenties into your thirties. Plus, it’s published a badass feminist literary press, Emily Books.