Megan Rapinoe is an Olympic gold medalist, two-time Women's World Cup champion, the captain of the U.S. Women's National Soccer team and now she can add author to her resume. In her memoir One Life, Rapinoe recalls kicking her first soccer ball, coming out to her parents and teammates, winning the World Cup, and fighting for gender equality, marriage equality, racial justice, and so much more.
Many will remember her contributions to World Cup wins, others might recall her pink hair and her call for equal pay, but what this book cements is that Rapinoe is far more than a soccer player—she's a social justice warrior committed to equality.
Here Rapinoe shares some favorite books that she read this year.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Young adult novels are such an underrated resource. It's important to expose yourself to the stories of people who don't often get to be the center of attention, as well as more academic options. This is a beautiful portrayal of growing up and loving yourself.
The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
This book will grab you and not let you go. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio's writing is incredible as she tells stories that need to be told now more than ever.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Tayari Jones does a painfully beautiful job of taking us through what our justice system can do to a couple. Her writing is so gripping and the story brings the humanity of these issues to the front.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
This book took my breath away. Roxane Gay gives a gut-wrenching and enlightening look into her story, while uncovering the ways our society makes being a woman and having a body so damn hard.
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The Olympian, World Cup winner, and social justice warrior shares the books that she's read and loved this year.