Books

Mother Monsters: Two New Books Get Raw about Mothering as a “Natural” Role

“Maybe this was what happened to all moms and no one had told her.”

“Somebody’s Daughter” Redefines the Way We Think about Love

We have to be open to the idea that love can look and be so many different ways. Read more »

Sunken Place: “The Other Black Girl” Magnifies the Everyday Horrors of Racism

What’s scarier than a villain who pretends to think like you and looks like you? Read more »

Remembering “Glee,” a Show That Fervently Celebrated LGBTQ Teens

Glee changed the representation game for queer kids on TV, which, in turn, changed the real-life game for queer kids off TV. Read more »

“The Other Black Girl” Verbalizes the Horror of Workplace Racism

Zakiya Dalila Harris puts a contemporary social lens on the horror her book details. Read more »

No Way Up: Kathy Wang’s “Impostor Syndrome” Is a Tech World Satire

The book externalizes the ethical issues confronting tech. Read more »

Swiped Out: Nancy Jo Sales Wrote the Book on the Corporate Triumph of Big Dating

Misogyny wasn’t invented by dating apps. It was just weaponized by them. Read more »

Do We Need a Black Feminist Bechdel Test? Moya Bailey Thinks So.

We need more Black feminists everywhere.  Read more »

Family Stones: Lee Lai’s “Stone Fruit” Draws the Growing Pains of Queer Kinship

“Everyone’s pretty messy, while also being really well-intentioned.” Read more »

Gina Frangello Writes Complex Women. Is That Why She’s “Unlikeable?”

Gina Frangello is surprised to find herself suddenly being a poster girl for rage. Read more »

Beautiful Suffering: “Pop Song” Bears Witness to the Power of Different Loves

Maybe it’s human instinct to want to capture our emotions, to bottle and preserve them for others to see. Read more »

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Know & Tell: The Literary Renaissance of Trans Women Writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. Read more »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »

Hot Under the Bonnet: The Cooptation of Amish Culture in Mass-Market Fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »