Here at #FCome we also believe that written words can change the world. Many readers responded to our call concerning recommendation about feminist-friendly reading, providing unique, original and introspective reviews. You can find them below, or here (versione italiana), in the Italian version
“Women who read are dangerous”, says, provocatively, Stefan Bollmann
Be afraid of their deep perception. Have a good reading!
“Amalia” by Giorgia Garberoglio
A light and yet profound book; the narrative of 3 women who are bonded to each other not only by an obvious blood tie (grandmother, mother and daughter), but also by an apparently more invisible thread of shared and parallel experiences, secrets and emotions.
In this book, three generations of women observe and tell about each other while they read deep inside themselves and their personal stories. It is a book about both unspoken and yelled out things, strength and integrity, love and war, gathering together the pieces of an enormous jigsaw which maybe is nothing else than a huge “life canvas” awaiting to be painted by all.
Strongly recommended to every woman who knows that not everything is as it seems, and who feels to be part of a bigger picture. (Enrica Zamparini)
“Ten minutes long” by Chiara Gamberale
How many times every day we try to escape from the predefined tracks of our routine to do something that we have never done before? Well, this book narrates the singular experiment done by the protagonist named Chiara. During a particularly difficult moment of her life, her therapist proposes her to play a game: to dedicate at least 10 minutes of her day to a new experience, even a small one.
Probably not each one of us will be in the same situation as the protagonist does, nevertheless, I am as sure as her that each one of us knows the meaning of an ended love, of not knowing your place, of being without a work or without that professional routine that was providing a meaning to our life.
Doing something different each day works for Chiara due to several reasons. First of all because it moves her away from her obsession, obliging her to think to something else. “Games are for serious person”, you have to be disciplined in fantasy. This works because it keeps you in touch with whatever you do not know yet about your life and about yourself. The book starts quietly, then, each ten minutes, something great happens and the protagonist accepts it instinctively. This game is teaching her to consider her borders as something to be crossed. We, as women are made out of this. We are made up of borders meant to be crossed and of love, a borderless love. (Chiara Longo)
“Still mind, open heart” by Carolina Traverso
Ordinary life is made of frenetic personal and professional tasks, this may lead us to act in a mechanic way, without really realizing what we are doing, as if we were disconnected from it. What we risk is to lose occasions and moments of happiness.
Focusing on the present moment, without criticizing or judging it, but rather with the intention to live it, is the basic principle of the mindfulness. Carolina Traverso, psychologist and instructor of mindfulness, teaches us in a fresh simple and pragmatic way how to feed what lives inside of us, as it is, overcoming the coninuous judgements that our mind formulates. Stop dwelling on it, stop forcing ourselves to be different or stop expecting things to be different, may represent the first step toward our self-consciousness, our calm and our ability to let go what is not so important for us.
An exercise that may help us to live in “harmony with the world” bringing surprising advantages also to our learning, memorizing and focusing skills. (Laura Sprea)
“The Mennulara” by Simonetta Agnello Horby
This book narrates the story of a strong and smart woman. She spent all her life as a servant of a family that she actually ruled thanks to her sharp cunning and her hidden but vibrant appeal. The Mennulara, a countryside woman, deals on equal terms with mafia bosses and art experts. She is a discreet strategist but she is always led by love in her acts. As usually happens, her greatness emerges just after her death, after the opening of her testament that is too sharp to be interpreted by some spoiled scions and decaying noblemen. (Katia Bellantone)
“Nervous Conditions” by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Is a political, cultural and social examination of 1980s Zimbabwe whose opening line scandalized contemporary male writers: " I was not sorry when my brother died". Like Alice walker, Tsitsi was criticized for criticizing Black men - washing our dirty gender linen in public when she should be fighting the race battle. (Moira Faul)