I know. I’m a total sucker for exactly this kind of book – cool stories about smart women, fun facts, charming and engaging illustrations.
You might say I’ve been glowing and gushing about a lot of books lately, and you’d be right. This one is really, really good. Really. There are a few women I knew already and many I didn’t, but all of their stories are compelling and just plain fun to read. I read the whole thing in two days, but I could easily see reading one biography a day, or just going back and rereading the book several times to look for little details I missed.
It might be especially wonderful to me–I do love me some women’s history–but the format is one that would appeal to all kinds of people from teens to old ladies with open minds. It’s the way it’s told that really made it come alive. And although some people might be uncomfortable with its discussion of controversial topics, others might find that to be a great selling point. We all know there are nice books about super amazing women out there, but somehow they don’t all sing, do they? Too much dense text on the page? Boring pictures? Not much zing?
I don’t know what it is, but this one has exactly the right combination of all the things I want to read, maybe more than once.
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu