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Let’s talk about Malala Yousafzai’s book club

If you're the girl who's interested in current world issues and *always* has a book in hand, then you're going to be *very* interested in Malala Yousafzai's book club! 

Just like us, she suddenly found herself with a lot of free time on her hands, being in lockdown with her family. A very influential advocate for women's education, Malala released a monthly book club earlier this month for girls just like us.


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The book collections are curated by five notable people: Malala herself, Stephen Curry, Sir Richard Branson, New York Times staff writer Susan Orlean and late lecturer Joseph Campbell. 

Malala has publicly spoken out about her book club, stating that a lot of people have been lonely this year and that book clubs can help people open up about their emotions in safe communities and conversations. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Malala says: "I believe reading together is a great way to connect with and learn about people. I've certainly done that with my own friends, but Literati allows us to do it on a much bigger scale with thousands of readers I might not otherwise meet. I want my Literati book club to be a bright spot in what has been a lonely, stressful year for so many of us." 

The book club, aptly named "Fearless" on Literati, features books exclusively written by female authors. For November's book choice, Malala handpicked the book The Dancing Girls of Lahore by Louise Brown, a novel that follows the lives of dancers in the Diamond District of Pakistan and explores Mughal culture and the life around it. 


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Malala shared her thoughts on this novel with Teen Vogue, saying: "The most important thing, though, is that this book is about women fighting to overcome a system set against them. It's a system built on traditions and culture that may be unfamiliar to a lot of readers, but I know many of them will relate to the hypocrisy of patriarchy and the resilience that women and girls must develop to survive." 

We can't *wait* to sign up. Go girl power!

Let us know what your favorite book from Malala's book club is and tag @girlslifemag on social media! 


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by Elina Graham and ZiQing Kuang | 10/28/2020