Late one night, I was online and came across a link to a Huffington Post piece someone had tweeted about. I followed the link and it took me to this amazing compilation of articles written by, about, and for women in 2012. It’s an eclectic list, covering a broad range of topics (although weight issues and body image seem to be an overly recurring theme). I had read some, heard about others, and a few were introduced for the first time. It struck me while checking out these pieces how many had direct connections to books. Some of them are written by published authors, and others are the basis for upcoming books.
Many are compelling, most well done (some very well done) and worth your time. I really enjoyed Emily Rapp’s piece, as well as the clever review of Tiny Beautiful Things by Anna Holmes, and Jessica Valenti’s piece about women’s desire to be liked. She also links to an upcoming book by Facebook senior exec Sheryl Sandberg, someone I’m so happy to see writing a book for women in the workplace – I talked about how great it would be for her to write a book years ago. And as a mom of daughters, I thought Jennifer Weiner’s piece addressed some important cultural issues about body image that are worth further exploration.
After you’ve taken a look, do you think there there articles here that you feel you’d like to see broadened to book length? I often look to articles for book inspiration, and this list makes me glad to do so. I read some of these articles into the night, and there were a couple that had a real emotional impact.
Good writing is infectious and makes you want to find more of it. These articles exemplify that. I love reading about women’s issues, our struggles, and our hopes for a better world. It makes me want to work harder to find important books that will change lives and inspire. Enjoy these pieces and let us know which ones affected you.