Emma Watson has chosen The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson as the May pick for her feminist book club called “Our Shared Shelf.”
The Argonauts is the fifth book and third memoir the club will read since Watson started the club in January. Previous book club selections include How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks, and My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem.
Nelson’s The Argonauts, published in May 2015 to great critical acclaim, is the story of the author’s relationship with the gender fluid artist Harry Dodge. She chronicles their romance, journey through parenting, and their simultaneously changing bodies as Nelson becomes pregnant and Dodge starts injecting testosterone and has top surgery.
In a post about the book selection on “Our Shared Shelf’s” Goodreads page, Watson noted that The Argonauts is “also about the inclusion and the powers and shortfalls of language.”
“It might require a bit of work,” Watson wrote, “but The Argonauts rewards us with an expansive way of considering identity, caretaking, and freedom — along with a liberation from, what Maggie calls, ‘the demand that anyone live a life that’s all one thing.’”