The little book of feminist saints

Julia Pierpont

Book - 2018

"This inspiring ... collection honors one hundred exceptional women throughout history and around the world"--Back cover.

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Subjects
Genres
Biographies
Published
New York : Random House [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xi, 189 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
ISBN
9780399592744
0399592741
Main Author
Julia Pierpont (author)
Other Authors
Manjit Thapp (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Novelist Pierpont (Among the Ten Thousand Things, 2015) and illustrator Manjit Thapp, who has a devoted Instagram following, collaborate for this secular daily devotional of activists and writers, artists and adventurers who defied the roles their eras and circumstances assigned to them. From Sappho to Pussy Riot, the 99 "matron saints" (some of whom are part of a pair or group) are organized chronologically by their given feast days. Opposite Pierpont's descriptions, which pull illustrative quotes and often-prescient details from saints' stories, rather than fully portray them, Thapp's full-color portraits stare at readers, saint-style, with clear eyes and a cutting gaze in common. Seventeenth-century Mexican nun Juana Inés de la Cruz, whose thousands of books were confiscated when her writing became too provocative, is the matron saint of intellectuals; assassinated Pakistani Peoples Party leader Benazir Bhutto is the matron saint of democracy; and Maya Angelou, who overcame trauma-triggered mutism as a child and published her first book at age 41, is the matron saint of storytellers. A gloriously diverse, edifying, and curiosity-inspiring collection. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Novelist Pierpont (Among Ten Thousand Things) and illustrator Thapp collaborate to create a patchwork of biographical sketches on groundbreaking women, from well-known figures such as former first lady Michelle Obama and the Brontë sisters to lesser-known women such as WWII lieutenant Grace Hopper. The format plays off the Catholic saint-of-the-day book, meant to be read in intervals as a source of daily inspiration. Each entry aims to delineate one of the fascinating experiences and contributions of a women Pierpont and Thapp deem worthy of secular feminist sainthood. Pierpont plays around with style of the entries with varying degrees of success. The entry on Barbara Jordan, for example, is written entirely in the second-person, which is distracting and provides no real grounding of Jordan's accomplishments; the same is true for the entry on Ann and Cecile Richards, which is composed of quotes from the women themselves. There are moments when Pierpont strikes the perfect balance between style and content; the profiles of Helen Keller and Bea Arthur, for example, combine the right amount of introductory information with a written flair that renders these women as worthy idols. Thapp's colorful painted portraits of each subject enhance the book's appeal. (Mar.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and up-and-coming artist Manjit Thapp tell vibrant, inspiring, and surprising stories of strength and progress by pairing short, lyrical biographies of secular "saints" with stunning full-color portraits.Some may be obvious: Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) wrote the first algorithm for a machine and is considered the first computer programmer. Some less so: Kanno Sugako (1881-1911) was an anarcho-feminist Japanese journalist who fought against gender oppression. Featuring a woman from 8th century BC and women fighting for social justice in 2017, women who lived in midtown Manhattan and a woman who lives in rural Uganda, this will be a book to offer as a gift to the girls and women in your life, but also one you'll want for yourself--because it's beautiful, because it's smart and edifying, and because it's a companion of sorts, a daily inspiration and delight"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A collection of inspiring, illustrated profiles of one hundred groundbreaking women includes famous and lesser-known notables, from Marie Curie and Maya Angelou to Ada Lovelace and Malala Yousafzai.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A collection of inspiring, illustrated profiles of 100 groundbreaking women includes famous and lesser-known notables, from Marie Curie and Maya Angelou to Ada Lovelace and Malala Yousafzai.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

This beautifully illustrated collection honoring one hundred exceptional “feminist saints” throughout history is sure to inspire women and men alike.“A new set of role models and heroes—‘matron saints’—for the feminist future.”—The New York Times Book Review“The women in this book . . . blazed trails where none existed before.”—The Guardian In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant, and surprising biographies with stunning full-color portraits of secular female “saints”: champions of strength and progress. These women broke ground, broke ceilings, and broke molds—including   Maya Angelou • Jane Austen • Ruby Bridges • Rachel Carson • Shirley Chisholm • Marie Curie & Irène Joliot Curie • Isadora Duncan • Amelia Earhart • Artemisia Gentileschi • Grace Hopper • Dolores Huerta • Frida Kahlo • Billie Jean King • Audre Lorde • Wilma Mankiller • Toni Morrison • Michelle Obama • Sandra Day O’Connor • Sally Ride • Eleanor Roosevelt • Margaret Sanger • Sappho • Nina Simone • Gloria Steinem • Kanno Sugako • Harriet Tubman • Mae West • Virginia Woolf • Malala Yousafzai   Open to any page and find daily inspiration and lasting delight.  Praise for The Little Book of Feminist Saints“A whistle-stop tour of inspiring women . . . [The artwork] deserves to be framed in every woman’s living room.”—Diva   “Short, snappy and inspiring [with] glorious visuals.”—Psychologies  “This beautifully illustrated collection offers daily inspiration and humorous anecdotes to remind you why we worship these women so.”—Hello Giggles“An enticing collection . . . Pierpont’s pithy write-ups are accompanied by Thapp’s funky, wonderfully expressive color illustrations, making for an engaging picture-book experience for adults. . . . Bold and sassy . . . required reading for any seeking to broaden their historical knowledge.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Small enough to tuck into a bag, this delightful book offers instant inspiration.”—BookPage

Review by Publisher Summary 5

This beautifully illustrated collection honoring one hundred exceptional “feminist saints” throughout history is sure to inspire women and men alike.

“A new set of role models and heroes—‘matron saints’—for the feminist future.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The women in this book . . . blazed trails where none existed before.”—The Guardian

In this luminous volume, New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant, and surprising biographies with stunning full-color portraits of secular female “saints”: champions of strength and progress. These women broke ground, broke ceilings, and broke molds—including
 
Maya Angelou • Jane Austen • Ruby Bridges • Rachel Carson • Shirley Chisholm • Marie Curie & Irène Joliot Curie • Isadora Duncan • Amelia Earhart • Artemisia Gentileschi • Grace Hopper • Dolores Huerta • Frida Kahlo • Billie Jean King • Audre Lorde • Wilma Mankiller • Toni Morrison • Michelle Obama • Sandra Day O’Connor • Sally Ride • Eleanor Roosevelt • Margaret Sanger • Sappho • Nina Simone • Gloria Steinem • Kanno Sugako • Harriet Tubman • Mae West • Virginia Woolf • Malala Yousafzai
 
Open to any page and find daily inspiration and lasting delight.
 
Praise for The Little Book of Feminist Saints

“A whistle-stop tour of inspiring women . . . [The artwork] deserves to be framed in every woman’s living room.”Diva
 
“Short, snappy and inspiring [with] glorious visuals.”Psychologies
 
“This beautifully illustrated collection offers daily inspiration and humorous anecdotes to remind you why we worship these women so.”Hello Giggles

“An enticing collection . . . Pierpont’s pithy write-ups are accompanied by Thapp’s funky, wonderfully expressive color illustrations, making for an engaging picture-book experience for adults. . . . Bold and sassy . . . required reading for any seeking to broaden their historical knowledge.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Small enough to tuck into a bag, this delightful book offers instant inspiration.”BookPage