The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things edited by: Anna Holmes
This review is based on an advanced electronic copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Fellow feminists, put this in your must have coffee table book of the year.
Let’s start with my disclaimer above. I haven’t seen a hard copy of this book, what I’m hoping for is better illustrations. Glossy coffee table book magic illustrations. The illustrations and pictures in the e-book left me a little flat. I’m hoping for something more beautiful, I need to get down to a bookstore and see.
Moving on to actual content this book is funny, sassy, and totally unapologetic. You’re getting far-left feminist entries, if you don’t hail from that camp or you lack a sense of humor about your politics, religion, etc. this book is definitely not for you. The entries are absolutist with a healthy bias towards women, people of color, the poor, and the LGBT community. Punches are not pulled. Since it’s written and edited by the fine people that run Jezebel.com taking a peek at their website is a pretty good litmus test on whether or not this book is for you.
My other small complaint is that while the book is comprehensive in the range of things that it covers, (entries range from abortion to Little House on the Prairie to Michelle Bachmann) at times it lacks depth in the entries. Not a single entry covered more than two pages and most are just a few sentences. I think that it would be useful to have more said about prominent feminists, civil rights leaders, and movements.
That being said, while this book is educational in a way, I think the intent is to be more entertaining and it achieves that very very well.