Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Who Am I Now? Feminine Wisdom Unmasked Uncensored by Isabel Banerjee is a “Womanual” that explores what it takes to believe in yourself and love yourself for who you are. It is actually more than that; it is the voice of every woman who wanted to move forward, do something, but was held back because of societal norms. This book is not just the story of Isabel but contains stories of many other women who share their triumphs, their concerns, their sadness and their ambitions with each other. The book contains prose, poems, lyrical narrative and even points for women to read, enjoy and gain knowledge from. Some stories are empowering, some make you feel a special kind of warmth, some will make you sad and some will make you happy for the success of other women. Isabel Banerjee gathered women from all walks of life and had them share their stories so that other women can find someone they can relate to, who understands what they are going through and basically find a bond that they lack with other people in their lives.
The language of this exceptional book is actually very simple yet so emotionally powerful. I felt a connection with the author the moment I started reading. Her reason behind starting this gem was phenomenal and I commend her on how she brought all of these stories together. The flow is incredible; she makes sure that the stories and narratives have followed a certain theme. The overall feel and atmosphere of the book are positive. I got an immediate boost just by reading a couple of pages. I think this is one of those rare books that I would actually keep by my bedside and read a couple of pages before starting my day because it is so empowering and comforting to read. This is definitely a special book, one that will encourage you and make you feel part of a community that always appreciates you.