Old Baggage by Lissa Evans (5 out of 5)

I think I picked this for the Literature Bandits. Or I suggested it after seeing it at Hawthorn in my first few weeks there. I honestly don’t remember. But within a few days of starting it, I was really digging it. I also had a hunch Nicole would love it and would not have a hard time running the book club there with this one. And she did dig it.

This is out in paperback. Not sure I ever saw the hardcover in Burr Ridge, actually. And you know me, I’m a hardcover girl. I liked the tonal of its cover and font in fitting with the theme was perfect. I think I read more feminist-friendly books in 2019 than in the past 20 years.

It’s 1928 and Matilda Simpkins is trying to figure out the best way to change the world next. Hers is a thrilling, event packed past- in the name of equality for women. During the Women’s Suffrage Movement, she was jailed five times for marching, singing, giving fiery speeches- anything in the name of women’s rights. But once you live through a time such as that, everything else pales in comparison. That’s where Matty is currently dwelling- middle age boredom. After a chance meeting with one of her former comrades, she decides to pass on the message in the form of a club for teenaged girls. What follows can only be described as entertaining, heartwarming, and a great deal of fun. I highly recommend this for book clubs, or for anyone who enjoys the everyday debate of equal rights. Good stuff!

~ by generationgbooks on December 24, 2019.

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