Title: SHREWD: A Wry and Closely Observed Look at the Lives of Women & Girls
Author: Elizabeth Renzetti
Page Count: 304 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: House of Anasi
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Why are there so few women in politics? Why is public space, whether it’s the street or social media, still so inhospitable to women? What does Carrie Fisher have to do with Mary Wollstonecraft? And why is a wedding ceremony Satan’s playground?
These are some of the questions that bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Renzetti examines in her new collection of essays. Drawing upon Renzetti’s decades of reporting on feminist issues, Shrewed is a book about feminism’s crossroads. From Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign to the quest for equal pay, from the lessons we can learn from old ladies to the future of feminism in a turbulent world, Renzetti takes a pointed, witty look at how far we’ve come — and how far we have to go.
If Nellie McClung and Erma Bombeck had an IVF baby, this book would be the result. If they’d lived at the same time. And in the same country. And if IVF had been invented. Well, you get the point.
Shrewd is a funny, witty collection of short stories every woman needs to read. A sort of lightness came over me as I reflected on the stories from all the powerful women she interviewed. This is a book that all women need to read! We need to lift each other up and form connections by sharing our experiences and this is where we can start. I was nodding along to every page and feeding my confidence.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be shoving it at anyone who will listen to me. Grab a copy because every woman should know that she is not alone in this world. My ask of Renzetti is that she write a Shrewd 2.0 with more written on the experiences of women in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and South America. Basically, we need more!
**Thank you House of Anasi for sending me a copy of the book, it was exactly what I needed at this time in my life.**