Review: My Rad Life by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

The Synopsis:

An inspiring, empowering journal that encourages its owners to think, create, reflect, and explore their own radness.

A companion to the New York Times bestsellers Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, this cool guided journal draws from a number of the “rad” women featured in both books, while also including a diverse range of new women, all of whom come to life via inspirational quotes and paper cut portraits. Blank pages invite doodling, lined pages encourage writing, and a collection of thought-provoking prompts encourage users to get to know themselves better by recording their thoughts and ideas on paper.

My Review:

This is a beautifully illustrated journal full of inspirational quotes from powerful women throughout generations. Some pages even have prompts to inspire you. My favorite is a section where you can write a list of a all your favorite books and it encourages you to draw them as well. There’s all kinds of prompts from lists, drawing a self-portrait, writing poems, looking back on memories, and writing future goals and how to achieve them! There’s plenty of historical ladies and ladies of today like Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Some of my favorites featured were Yoko Ono, J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson. There’s even a section in the back telling you a little about every lady in this amazing journal.

I think that any girl of any age would love this. I think it would be great for pre-teens and teenage girls to help them love themselves and others and it’s great for adult women that need a little inspiration in life or just love to do creative journaling.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Be sure to check out the book that inspired this journal, Rad American Women
And you can buy My Rad Life here on Amazon


About The Authors:

Photo: Meg Perotti Kate Schatz (pronounced ‘Shots’) is the New York Times-bestselling author of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, as well as My Rad Life: A Journal and Rid of Me: A Story. She is the co-founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups. She’s a writer, organizer, public speaker, educator, and left-handed vegetarian Bay Area-born-and-bred feminist activist mama.

Kate’s books have gotten love from BUST, Elle, Publisher’s Weekly, BuzzFeed, MTV, Ms., Teen Vogue, Kirkus Reviews, GOOD, The New York Times, AFROPUNK, among others. She and her collaborator Miriam Klein Stahl have appeared on Mashablemsnbc, and numerous public radio programs and podcasts, including Politically Reactive with Kamau Bell and Hari KondaboluKQED ForumMinnesota Public Radio, and KPCC’s Take Two. As a public speaker, Kate has appeared at over 100 public schools and libraries, and has given keynotes and talks for a wide range of organizations, speaking about everything from her books to contemporary feminism to electoral politics and political change.

Her book of fiction, Rid of Me: A Story, was published in 2006 as part of the acclaimed 33 1/3 series. Her work has been published in LENNY, Buzzfeed, Signature, Brightly, Oxford American, East Bay Express, Denver Quarterly, and Joyland, among others. Her short story “Folsom, Survivor”was included as a “Notable Short Story” in Best American Short Stories 2011, and her essay “What I Mean (or Dear White People)” appears in the anthology  Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times.

She is the former Chair of the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts, where she taught fiction, poetry, and journalism to 9th-12th graders for many years. She taught writing and literature at UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State, and Rhode Island College. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University, and a double BA in Women’s Studies/Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz. She lives with her family on the island of Alameda and is represented by the agent Charlotte Sheedy.


Image result for miriam klein stahlMiriam Klein Stahl is a Bay Area artist, educator and activist and the New York Times-bestselling illustrator of Rad American Women

A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide . In addition to her work in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, paper-cut and public art, she is also the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School where she’s taught since 1995. As an artist, she follows in a tradition of making socially relevant work, creating portraits of political activists, misfits, radicals and radical movements. As an educator, she has dedicated her teaching practice to address equity through the lens of the arts. Her work has been widely exhibited and reproduced internationally. She lives in Berkeley, California with her wife, artist Lena Wolff, daughter Hazel, and their dog Lenny.

Check out her Website !

I hope you enjoyed this review, if you have any questions or comments feel to comment below! I’d love to hear them! ❤
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