November Book Picnic Recommendations

On the first Wednesday of every month, GWL team members share what we’ve read recently at our Book Picnic. In the current climate, our Book Picnic takes place remotely, giving all of us some valuable social interaction and providing us with many excellent book suggestions…

  • Tough Women Adventure Stories: Stories of Grit, Courage and Determination by Jenny Tough

    Recommended by Gaby, who felt it was a really nice mix of stories, this book celebrates fearless, compassionate, curious, and intelligent female adventurers. Showcasing toughness in forms both physical and mental, it features inspiring stories told by mountain climbers, endurance swimmers, arctic explorers, and more.

  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

    Highly recommended by Pauline, this is a powerful retelling of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective. While classic myths tend to focus on the conquests of men, this refreshing take highlights the often overlooked women whose lives were affected by the war, be they mortals, queens, or goddesses. Pauline feels that it is Haynes’ best book, and calls it “brilliant”.

  • The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 4th Edition by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

    Recommended by Jo, this book focuses on recovery from child sexual abuse. Featuring writing exercises and personal narratives, it explains the effects of abuse and how recovery can be achieved. Jo describes it as “very harrowing” to read, but felt that the book brings a lot of hope as it “releases shame and guilt, and gives the reader confidence that they are okay. They are victims but they are also survivors”.

  • A History of Women in 100 Objects by Professor Maggie Andrews and Dr. Janis Lomas

    Recommended by Julia, this fascinating book documents the role of women in society through the lens of 100 inanimate objects in history. Some objects were used to oppress women, some were created by women, and all played integral parts in the lives of women. Julia felt that it was a “great book to read a little bit from, from time to time”, and really enjoyed learning something new in a historical context.

  • Love: Great Short Stories by Women chosen by Victoria Hislop

    Recommended by Anna, who says that she “absolutely love[s] it”, no pun intended, this book features a diverse and entertaining collection of short stories. All written by female authors, the stories represent love in all its forms: romantic, platonic, maternal, happy, and heartbreaking.


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