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Persuader in Chief

Meg Wolizer has been a literary force for decades. Her recently acclaimed novel, The Wife, was turned into a movie, for which Glenn Close is winning awards. The descriptiveness in her writing is second only to her beguiling characters who stick to the ribs and stay with you long after the final chapter. Her latest book, The Female Persuasion, follows Greer Kadetsky (although she adeptly switches voice to other characters, Faulkner style) as she wades into the Feminist Movement. As it evolves, so too does the heroine, who discovers her own (outside) voice.

World Surf League

in a watershed moment for women in sports, the World Surf League announced equal pay for women in their sport.“Bravo to the WSL for their commitment to equal pay,” says Bianca Valenti, a San Francisco–based pro surfer who won Latin America’s first big-wave surf competition this summer. By conquering a 20-foot wave and winning the competition, she took away $1,750—a quarter of the $7,000 men’s prize. “Maybe we’ll find we have created equity not just in surfing, but for all sports.”

Bad Blood

Elizabeth Holmes wanted to be the next Steve Jobs. But John Carreyrou’s reporting in Bad Blood shows that her Silicon Valley start-up, Theranos, turned out to be an enormous fraud, and we burned through the book in 2 days. Holmes started Theranos when she was 19, having dropped out of Stanford University, and she claimed to have devised blood tests that only required very small amounts of blood at Theranos. She became the world’s youngest billionaire on the way to a federal indictment for defrauding investors. 

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