Art & Literature


We are starting off the new year with these female powerhouses. Add one of these smart, influential women to your 2021 book stack.

“My name is pronounced ‘comma-la,’ like the punctuation mark. It means ‘lotus flower’ which is a symbol of significance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, its flower rising above the surface while its roots are planted firmly in the river bottom.”
—The Truths We Hold, Kamala Harris. @kamalaharris @penguinpress

“I am a singer, an entertainer, and a businesswoman. But if I had to choose just one thing to be, I would choose to be a songwriter. I could happily just sit in my house forever, enjoy life, and write songs.”
—Songteller, Dolly Parton. @dollyparton @chroniclebooks

“On this part of my journey, I’m at last quieting the noise of our world—removing all the external distractions and opinions and judgements and tuning in to my own voice. I’m recognizing my own power and owning it.”
—More Myself, Alicia Keys. @aliciakeys @flatiron_books

“I am a mother and a grandmother, a friend and a teacher, a wife and a sister. Every (photo) on those walls, every role I’ve played, has taught me so much about what family means. I’ve learned—and am still learning—about the bonds that make up a family.
—Where The Light Enters, Jill Biden. @drbiden @flatiron_books

“It’s hard to remake decisions and even harder to rethink non-decisions. Sometimes you don’t really decide, you just move forward, and that is what I did—moved forward blindly and mindlessly into a new and unknown life.”
—Personal History, Katherine Graham. @vintagebooks.