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The Female Persuasion by Meg WolitzerI never could have anticipated this book, and now I can't imagine a world without it, especially for this moment in American history. The Female Persuasion follows the ambitious but shy Greer Kadetsky, her boyfriend, her best friend, and the feminist icon who launches her into the world. Through these vivid, complex, and lovable characters, Wolitzer explores both the principle and reality of feminism as well as the desire to become our fullest selves and the twists and turns that journey can take.

My heart raced reading this book, and I never wanted it to end. The Female Persuasion is powerful, generous, smart, and deeply kind; I can’t wait for the world to meet it.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer ($28.00*, Riverhead Books), recommended by Underground Books, Carrollton, GA.