We’ll be the first to admit that our summer of beach reads might not’ve been the most educational of literature. But if the seasonal shift has you itching for something with a little more depth than Bridget Jones (don’t get us wrong, we love the lady), turn to Emma Watson’s newest book club pick: Half the Sky.

Ever since Emma started her Goodreads book club Our Shared Shelf back in January, she’s curated a monthly selection of books that all focus on feminist topics. Last month she picked Carrie Brownstein’s memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, and before that she went with Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.


For the September/October pick, she writes, “I’ve chosen a book that tackles inequality and women’s rights head-on: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide[…], Half the Sky depicts, in eye-opening detail, the various cultures and customs that suppress women and gives a voice to those individuals who need to be heard the most. Traversing through Africa and Asia, Kristof and WuDunn [the book’s authors] introduce us to some incredibly strong women and describe their stories of suffering and survival.”

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are both Pulitzer Prize winners and acclaimed journalists. The book has also been turned into a PBS documentary focusing on the same issues. If you decide to join the club, be sure to check the Goodreads page for interviews, discussions and more.

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