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March is Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a special edition of our usual book recommendation series. The titles below make up a collection of our team’s favorite female-penned books by authors whose minds have inspired us here at redpepper. These women and their ideas have pushed our team to grow, influencing the way we live, lead, and create along the way.
Join us in celebrating female creativity by picking up a copy of your own—and don’t forget to remind a woman in your life of the power her story can hold.
“Burn through everything that fuels the human heart and sears it red, burn through everything that covers the outside with hard muscle and tough sinew. Cut down deep and grab what beats beneath, and it is love that will survive after everything else has perished.”
Chloe Gong’s story and skill as a writer is inspiring. Even though I am not a writer, I appreciate her talent to bring to life these diverse and vibrant pieces of fiction.
“Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose; the level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection.”
“However complicated you think it is, everything is always more complicated than that.”
“The Power” is a wild, thought-provoking ride through gender norms, gangster fights, mutant powers, and nuclear apocalypse. Young women across the world begin to mysteriously exhibit a new “power,” a kind of electricity they can summon through their palms. Suddenly, women are more lethal than men. And this changes everything.
“A goal that isn’t too important makes you live in the moment, and still gives you a driving force. This driving force is a way to get around the fact that we will all die and there is no real point to life.”
“Romantic love is capacious. And I mean that not in the mystical sense – it cannot contain anything or everything and it is never without conditions – but rather it is capacious in the daily way that any expression of love might also express trust, doubt, regret, resignation, humor, self-congratulation, or sacrifice. Love can contain all of this, but love stories rarely do.”
“Sometimes speaking the truth feels like we are being unkind, especially when sharing difficult information or feedback. But in reality, dancing around the truth is unkind. When we avoid stating the truth—when we are vague or ambiguous under the guise of being kind—it is often because we are trying to lessen the discomfort for ourselves, not for the other person.”
“What I knew from working in professional environments—from recruiting new lawyers for Sidley & Austin to hiring staff at the White House—is that sameness breeds more sameness, until you make a thoughtful effort to counteract it.”
“There is no permanent truth you can corner in a poem that will satisfy you forever. Don’t identify too strongly with your work. Stay fluid behind those black and white words. They are not you. They are a great moment going through you. A moment you were awake enough to write down and capture.”