It’s that time of the year again: when those of us with holiday obligations try once again to come up with gifts for friends and family. As a bibliophile, I love nothing more than introducing someone to a book that I have loved and making a gift of it to them. I always hope that the recipient will love the book as much as I have, and sometimes envy that they will be experiencing the book for the first time. But matching people to books can be difficult, especially if the subjects that interest them are outside of your own favored genre or subject matter.
This year, those who love feminist literature and nonfiction had a lot of choices. For the feminist book-lover in your life, consider choosing one of these selections in fields that range from history to graphic novels. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a good place to start.
The Customer Is Always Wrong by Mimi Pond
A portrait of the artist as a young woman, Pond’s graphic novel recounts her life as a struggling artist in 1970s Oakland. Like many working-class creatives, Pond kept herself in food and lodging by waiting tables while she worked at her art. Her life as a self-aware server is a rich banquet of experiences that included the ridiculous, the sublime, and was colored in many shades of the human experience.
A great book that demonstrates what it means to wait tables and to want something more.