Kickass Women: Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu
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Articles / December 14, 2019

This month I give you not one Kickass Woman but rather twenty-nine, as profiled in the graphic non-fiction book Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World ( A | BN | K | AB | Au ). I loved this book so much that I couldn’t resist sharing it with you all. The panels are simple and classical in style (mostly rectangles), which allows for the focus to be on the information presented. The art is clever and colorful and the text is packed with information but also with humor and good storytelling. Here are a few of the kickass women included: Nzinga, Queen of Ndongo and Matamba (today part of Angola). Nzinga lived from 1583-1663, and was sent by her father to negotiate with the Portuguese when she was only sixteen. Upon her father’s death, and following the slightly mysterious deaths of her brother and his son, Nzinga declared herself Queen, then declared herself to be a man who would never marry, then occupied herself with fighting the Portuguese until her death at the age of eighty. Clementine Delait, owner of the Cafe of the Bearded Lady. Delait (1865 – 1939) had facial hair which she shaved every day….

Whatcha Reading? December 2019 Edition, Part One
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Articles / December 14, 2019

It’s our first Whatcha Reading of December and that means there is only one more Whatcha Reading post left in 2019. Can you believe it? A whole year of books has flown by! Let’s recap what we’ve been reading! Catherine: I am reading Anna Chronistic and the Scarab of Destiny by Ankaret Wells, ( A | BN | K | AB ) which feels like the thing you would get if you crossed To Say Nothing of The Dog with Amelia Peabody. Time travel adventure with an eccentric and opinionated lady narrator who is a highly successful courtesan in 19th century Paris (though in fact she is more interested in women and has a bit of a thing with Helen of Troy) and would really rather not be dragged off on quests to sort out the timeline, because Paris is fun. The plot takes a while to get going, but one really doesn’t mind, because the narrative voice is delightful. Oh, and there are footnotes. I’m really enjoying this one. Before that, I danced through Headliners by Lucy Parker which is an absolute treat and a delight and I can’t wait for you all to read it and love it…