Grrrl Power Liverpool recently took over Lush Life social accounts and our Lush Studio Soho for their recent #LLxGPL event and with that, it seemed only fair, that they take over our library too. Lots of amazing books came to light during the event, but here are the main four recommended by the Grrrls of Grrrl Power Liverpool...
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Two tales; mothers, transexuality, bereavement, love, tragedy and of course, kitchens set in contemporary Japan. Lena Dunham describes it as “a perfect jewel of a novel, delicious and comforting and pure.”
"For a very long time there was something I wanted to say in a novel. This novel is what resulted from that history of persistence.” - Banana Yoshimoto.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
‘Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen each other in years.’ This powerful story recalls Lucy’s life, from her troubled rural childhood and how she eventually ended up in a big city with a husband and children. The mother-daughter relationship explores what’s lost, what’s yet to be found and the resilience of a family damaged irrevocably.
The Bees by Laline Paull
Laline Paull is the author of a ‘debut dystopia set in a beehive, where one bee rebels against the totalitarian state.’
‘Flora 717 is a survivor. Born into the lowest class of the totalitarian hive society she is prepared to sacrifice everything for the queen, surviving internal massacres, religious purges and terrifying invasions by vicious wasps.’
If the ugly ducking met Cinderella and they were actually buzzing bees, you’d have The Bees.
I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
Donned ‘the most important book written about men and women this century’ by The Guardian, this novel heavily peppered with epistolary, is a tale of the pressures of societal convention, contemplations of art, sexuality and politics. ‘Blurring the lines between fiction, essay and memoir I Love Dick is widely considered to be the most important feminist novel of the past two decades,’